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Western Province v FS Cheetahs - Live
WESTERN PROVINCE 15 - 14 FREE STATE CHEETAHS
80 A game of two halves with Cheetahs dotting down twice in the first and WP dominating play in the second. The weather proved difficult for WP to really capitalize on their dominance but their pack ultimately saved the day with good scrum work and good mauling work which lead to the winning try! The full time score 15-14 to WP.
80 WP win their scrum and clear it into touch for a much needed home win! Cheetahs will feel like they really missed out at the end there as the game could have gone either way.
79 Cheetahs knock on after a shocker of a pass from Piet van Zyl! That was a real chance for Cheetahs there. But can Groom put it in straight?
79 Cheetahs win a penalty on their own 10! A brilliant kick has set them up with an attacking line-out inside WP 22m. These are tense closing minutes here!
76 The conversion is missed by Kurt Coleman...could that be costly?
75 TRY, WP, FOURIE, 15-14. It is thew right decision! The captain himself goes over after another well executed maul is setup by WP. Is this the winning move or will there be a twist in the last 5min?
74 WP setup a big maul, making good ground. Cheetahs are penalized. Poles or touch? They've opted for touch, let's see if that was the right decision!
72 Obstruction by Cheetahs after a line-out leads to a WP penalty. They set up a line-out on the CHeetahs 10. They need to score soon.
70 Strange incident here. Seems like Boom Prinsloo has a bite mark on his arm. Kaplan gets him to show it to the camera man! WP are clearly hungry to win this one...
67 The kick falls short and WP kick down field. Watts fumbles on attack and Groom kicks down field. Daniller fumbles inside his own 22 before clearing and the crowd shouts for a knock on. Ref says it has gone backwards and the line-out is played. The weather really taking its toll the game now!
65 The new replacement Groom doesn't put the ball in straight and gives away a penalty! Following the line-out the Cheetahs have been awarded another penalty just inside WP's half. Cheetahs opting for poles through Riaan Smit. This is a big kick in wet conditions.
63 Sadie intercepts but is called back by the ref. Cheetahs weren't 10. WP rightly opt for a scrum!
62 WP is scrum is crushing the Cheetahs at the moment. Big Os will not be pleased! Another Province handling error leads to a Cheetahs scrum on half-way. Another huge scrum from WP gets them a short arm penalty.
59 Cheetahs win their line-out and kick down field. WP's attack is once gain stopped by a handling error due to the wet ball. Province need to start getting some points from their second half dominance,
58 Louis Schreuder shows some good vision with a well placed box kick for Aplon to run onto to. It goes into touch just outside the Cheetahs try line. Good position to be in in this weather for WP.
56 Province show promise on attack but the wet ball takes it toll and Nell loses possession. Cheetahs hack down field and Province begin to work a few phases again.
55 Deon Fourie gathers a loose line-out ball and hacks it down field. Daniller gathers on his 22 but its extremely slippery and he is taken to ground. They concede possession and WP have a scrum.
53 WP lose possession, and Cheetahs are on attack again. They put a kick in deep and Kolbe is well positioned for a mark. Kolbe provides a great clearance. The rain is bucketing down now.
49 Cheetahs concede possession on attack which results in WP providing a counter attack. They go wide and Kolbe puts a kick through. Cheetahs clear for an attacking line-out for Province.
48 A beast of scrum a by WP turns over Cheetahs ball! Province holding on at the ruck and are penalized after their good work.
46 The kicking battle continues here at Newlands. A van Aswegan kick comes close to being perfect but just doesn't go out on the Cheetahs 5m. Watts clears for a province line-out.
44 Plenty of kicking already in the second half. Kolbe and Howard combine nicely on the blindside to get WP some momentum. Their opportunity ends as they concede a scrum just outside the Cheetahs 22m.
41 van Aswegan gets us underway. A bit of ping pong kicking follows before Cheetahs are awarded a penalty in their own half. WP with hands in the ruck.
WESTERN PROVINCE 10 - 14 FREE STATE CHEETAHS
40 Aplon puts a cheeky chip kick over the Cheetahs defense, Pat Howard collects and is taken to ground. Cheetahs turnover the ball and hack down field where WP easily collect and clear into touch for the end of an eventful first half!
39 After several turnovers for both sides, Schreuder launches a box kick which bounces out just outside the Cheetahs 22m.
36 Cheetahs work a few phases together off a scrum from the center of the pitch. Play ends with Daniller tackled into touch.
33 Some more classy footwork from Kobe gets Province on the front foot. WP string some good phases together before conceding a scrum just inside the Cheetahs 22m.
30 Province seem to be enjoying the kick through tonight. Another passage of play ends in conceding possession with a kick. Watts clears.
28 WP give away a short arm at scrum time and Smit bashes it up field to relieve some pressure.
27 Deon Fourie snipes off the back of the ruck and makes a run! He passes to Carr to continue the play. WP put a kick through which goes out just in front of the Cheetahs try line. Cheetahs throw in skew and Province have a 5m scrum.
23 CONVERSION, VAN ASWEGAN, 10-14. Gary adds the conversion from the corner.
22 TRY, WP, RHODES, 8-14. Michael Rhodes collects a loose ball off the line-out and shows some impressive speed for a lock to go for a 40m run scoring in the corner. WP back in the game!
21 PENALTY, WP, van Aswegan, 14-3. He holds his nerve and gets the points for WP.
20 Province attack patiently with a penalty advantage given during the scrum. They don't score and get the penalty. Should be an easy three for Province.
18 Cheslin Kolbe collects a kick and shows off speed and footwork making good ground. Aplon puts a grubber through but Raymond Rhule gets back to dot down in goal. Scrum 5m for Province.
16 CONVERSION, WATTS, 14-0. Watts takes over the duties and adds the two.
15 TRY! CHEETAHS, SMIT, 12-0. Province were looking good attacking in the Cheetahs 22. Gary van Aswegan throws a long one straight into Riaan Smit who runs the length of the field to score under the poles! Province under big pressure now.
14 Cheetahs are penalized for illegal scrumming and Province have an opportunity to get points on the board. Kick is from the left corner on the 22...Kick just goes wide and that's three points gone a begging for Province.
10 Province begin to string some phases together. They go wide and Gerhaard van den Heever just unable to hold onto a pass as he attempts a gap.
7 CONVERSION, SMIT, 7-0.
6 TRY, CHEETAHS, WATTS, 5-0. Elgar watts shows throws a gem of dummy and cuts the line! Then shows some toe to make it all the way to the try line! Great individual try!
4 Cheetahs get the first penalty in kickable range but have opted to kick for touch! Nizaam Carr was caught holding on there. Cheetahs can't get their own ball and Province find safety in touch.
3 Province with a solid first scrum on cheetahs put in. Schreuder hacks a loose ball into touch.
1 Right, here we go! Riaan Smit goes long for the Cheetahs. Province clear to safety and setup an early line-out.
Nearly time for kick-off. The rain seems to be holding off for now but there's a strong breeze present. Classic Cape Town weather.
Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has made just one change to his side for this encounter. Michael Rhodes starts in the number four jersey, with youngster Gerbrandt Grobler dropping down to the bench after making his Currie Cup debut in WP's 24-24 draw against the Blue Bulls last Saturday. Grobler will join fit-again hooker Tiaan Liebenberg amongst the replacements, whilst uncapped Maties utility back Ryan Nell replaces Berton Klaasen on the bench as one of WP's three back-line reserves. Nell will cover centre, wing and full-back.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named an unchanged starting XV for this match. The only alteration comes on the bench where fly-half Willie du Plessis replaces centre Joubert Engelbrecht. Seems the Cheetahs just have to have a Willie in the backline!
Hello and welcome to Newlands for our last Currie Cup Round 2 match featuring Western Province and the Cheetahs! Teams news will follow shortly.
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