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- Currie Cup
- 27th Sep 2013
- KO 16:05
- Ground: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province - Live
Free State Cheetahs 27 - 29 Western Province
80 It's all over and Western Province sneak the four points! The victory takes them top of the Currie Cup table ahead of the Sharks' trip to the Golden Lions, which is coming up next. Thanks for following!
79 DROP-GOAL, WESTERN PROVINCE, CATRAKILIS! 27-29! He's only gone and done it. WP might have won this.
78 Now it's Province working through the phases 20 metres out. Are we set for a late drop-goal here?
77 Phase after phase from Province with play stuck on the Cheetahs' ten-metre. Great defence from them.
74 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS! 27-26! Carr is penalised for blocking Ebersohn when the centre was chasing his own kick. So up steps Watts to put his side back on top from 25 out, bang in front. No mistake.
72 Plenty of ball for WP as we enter the final eight minutes of the game. They are 40 metres out until possession is coughed up following good work at the breakdown from the Cheetahs. Time for territory.
69 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, CATRAKILIS! 24-26! The visitors are in front and Sadie is not happy with Jonker's call. Credit to Catrakilis though who makes it two out of two from the tee since coming on.
65 CONVERSION, WESTERN PROVINCE, CATRAKILIS! 24-23! Great kick from the replacement to make it a one-point ball game with fifteen minutes left here in Bloemfontein. Stand by for a grandstand finish.
63 TRY, WESTERN PROVINCE, RHODES! 24-21! The pressure tells as Rhodes powers over from close range!
62 Almost a try for Western Province as Van den Heever's good work leads to Michael van der Spuy being brought down just before the line. It results in play being restarted with an attacking WP scrum.
60 Cometh the hour, cometh Schalk Burger. He is on for Tazz Fuzani.
59 Well well. It looked like Coleman would cut the lead after the Cheetahs were penalised by Jonker for not rolling away. But the ten missed the simple kick, which prompts Demetri Catrakilis to warm up.
56 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, WATTS! 24-16! Simple points for the fly-half so their lead is eight points.
55 TRY, CHEETAHS, PRETORIUS! 22-16! What a score from turnover ball from the hosts. The offload to the scrum-half was superb and it comes just as Western Province had looked to be gaining the ascendency.
51 There is more defending for Fourie and Western Province to do before Burger possibly arrives as the Cheetahs throw in 25 metres out. Here's Ebersohn and Sadie combining but again Fourie wins a penalty!
48 Province escape the onslaught and it is captain Fourie winning the breakdown turnover on his 22. We guess the big question now will be when Schalk Burger is called upon by head coach Allister Coetzee.
47 Back come the Cheetahs though as they rack up the phases on the WP 22. Can they pick the lock here?
43 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, COLEMAN! 17-16! Over goes the ball as the visitors close the gap to one.
42 Plenty of early ball for Western Province here though as they work through the phases on the Cheetahs 22. And they will have an easy penalty coming after Oupa Mohoje is penalised for a dangerous tackle.
41 Welcome back to the action and it's Coleman kicking off down the middle before Watts kicks to touch.
Free State Cheetahs 17 - 13 Western Province
40 That is that then for the opening 40 minutes with the Free State Cheetahs ahead thanks to two tries from Daniller. Only four points in this one though so it's still very much in the balance in Bloem.
39 Scrum penalty again going the way of the home side and this should be meat and drink for Watts, with Smit off the field. Wow, the fly-half misses the simple attempt so the score remains at 17-13 here.
37 So close for Pretorius as he leaps over a ruck five metres out like an American Football player. Good work from Kitshoff to stop the scrum-half just before the line though as we reset with a home scrum.
36 Now the Cheetahs enjoy some territory and possession as they set up camp in the WP 22. Sadie takes contact before Labuschagne now adds his considerable bulk. Patient play but they won't mind that.
33 Another chance for Van den Heever to show his pace, this time on halfway, but he is clipped by Piet Lindeque. In the end the WP wing is penalised in contact for holding on with play stuck in this area.
29 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 17-13! No mistake from the Free State wing. 30 points on the board here.
28 TRY, CHEETAHS, DANILLER! 15-13! The perfect response as numbers are worked on the left wing where full-back Daniller held his depth and raced over for his second. That puts the hosts back in front.
26 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, COLEMAN! 10-13! But they cough up three points soon after. WP are in front.
25 Almost disaster for the Cheetahs as their backline move sees Smit's pass intercepted by Gerhard van den Heever. Can he get clear and race over? No, is the answer as the hosts recover well to stop him.
22 Unlucky for the visitors as Nic Groom's well weighted box kick is soon blown against WP for Steven Kitshoff being caught in front. The Cheetahs subsequently kick up to the Province 22. Chance here.
19 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, COLEMAN! 10-10! The Cheetahs are penalised at a ruck now by Marius Jonker so up steps the Province fly-half with a nice kick that levels matters. Ten points apiece here then.
18 It's Cheetahs ball which Elgar Watts chips over the top close to halfway. De Allende is wise to that though and soon after the home side are under pressure on their own 22. A good opening to this clash.
14 CONVERSION, WESTERN PROVINCE, COLEMAN! 10-7! The lead is back down to three points in Bloemfontein.
13 TRY, WESTERN PROVINCE, KOLBE! 10-5! The visitors hit back with Kolbe slicing through the midfield!
12 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 10-0! Two more points.
11 TRY, CHEETAHS, DANILLER! 8-0! Superb try from the home side that arrived from a nice offload from number eight Boom Prinsloo. Flanker Lappies Labuschagne was also involved in the build-up.
10 An excellent break from Coleman now though as the game suddenly opens up. He takes them into the 22 before De Allende fumbles to allow Sarel Pretorius to get the Cheetahs moving out of their red zone.
9 Schalk van der Merwe is pinged for scrumming incorrectly so up steps Coleman from distance. Just wide.
6 Damian de Allende grubbers down the sideline and the Cheetahs let that one roll into touch on their own 22. Net result, it's a line-out that Hercu Liebenberg throws short before they kick to halfway.
3 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 3-0! The hosts are in front then after a decent start in front of their fans.
2 Cheslin Kolbe is caught in his own in-goal but does well to clear, if not convincingly, 30 metres downfield. De Kock Steenkamp is caught offside though so it will be a penalty shot for Riaan Smit.
1 Here we go then with the Cheetahs kicking off to Kurt Coleman, who clears up to his own ten-metre.
Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made four personnel changes and one positional shift. Wing Raymond Rhule and lock Waltie Vermeulen are dropped while loose forward Davon Raubenheimer, and prop Rossouw de Klerk have been benched. In come Piet Lindeque on the wing, Oupa Mohoje at blindside flank, Freddie Ngoza comes into the second-row while prop Schalk van der Merwe also starts. Western Province meanwhile name Schalk Burger on their bench and are also boosted by the return of Deon Fourie at six.
Round Eight of the Currie Cup kicks off in Bloemfontein where Western Province will look to go top of the table - temporarily at least - with victory over the Free State Cheetahs. It will be a tough ask though against a home side who will be hurting after losing heavily at The Sharks, and with Province having struggled against Griquas, it could be a close one. Team news is coming up so stay right there.
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