Home team Away Team

Cheetahs

  • Daniller, Benjamin, Sadie, Le Roux, Rhule,
    Penalty goals: Francis,
    Conversions: Francis (3),
34 - 16

Melbourne Rebels

  • Neville,
    Penalty goals: O'Connor (3),
    Conversions: O'Connor,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 30th Mar 2013
  • KO 15:05

Super Rugby: Cheetahs see off Rebels for a fourth straight success

Last updated: 30th March 2013  

James OConnor Cheetahs v Rebels Super League

Rebels had no answer for the Cheetahs' second-half showing

Raymond Rhule Cheetahs v Rebels Super Rugby

Raymond Rhule: celebrates scoring his second-half try against the Rebels

Related links

Teams

Also see

The Cheetahs continued their rise up the Super Rugby standings with a 34-16 success over the Melbourne Rebels on the back of a dominant second-half showing.

The South African side lost their opening two games of the season but have bounced back in superb fashion with three wins on their Australasian leg being followed up by Saturday's bonus-point triumph in Bloemfontein.

Hennie Daniller, Raymond Rhule, Willie Le Roux, Johan Sadie and Ryno Benjamin scored the Cheetahs' tries - four of which came during a one-sided second half - with Burton Francis adding the rest of the points with three conversions and a penalty.

The Rebels trailed 10-6 at the interval at Free State Stadium but were swept aside by their hosts before claiming a late consolation try through Caydern Neville.

That was converted by Australia international James O'Connor, who finished with a haul of 11 points with the boot, but it was little comfort to the Melbourne outfit, who have now lost five of their six matches this season.

The Rebels actually led 6-3 after half-an-hour of today's clash with two O'Connor penalties cancelling out Francis' early three-pointer for the hosts.

Reclaimed

However, the Cheetahs reclaimed their lead after fashioning the opening try of the game just before the interval, scored by Daniller following a turnover, and they never trailed again.

Francis added the conversion to make it 10-6 at half-time, and he also knocked over the extras when Rhule charged over for the Cheetahs' second try in the 51st minute following good work by Robert Ebersohn.

O'Connor reduced the gap by three with another penalty in the 57th minute but it did little to halt the Cheetahs' momentum and they collected a third try six minutes later through Le Roux.

Francis was unable to convert that score but it mattered little as he helped the hosts to a fourth try in the 66th minute, sending Sadie in for the bonus-point score, which the fly-half also converted to make it 29-9.

The Cheetahs were not finished there though and crossed for a fifth time in the closing stages through Benjamin before the beaten Rebels responded with their late converted try from Neville.

Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super Rugby
Friday 13th February
Super Rugby
06:35Crusaders vs Melbourne Rebels
08:40Brumbies vs Reds
17:10Lions vs Hurricanes
Saturday 14th February
06:35Blues vs Chiefs
15:05Sharks vs Cheetahs
17:05Bulls vs Stormers
Sunday 15th February
06:05Waratahs vs Western Force
Friday 20th February
06:35Chiefs vs Brumbies
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs
17:10Bulls vs Hurricanes
Saturday 21st February
06:35Highlanders vs Crusaders
08:40Reds vs Western Force
15:05Stormers vs Blues
17:10Sharks vs Lions
Friday 27th February
06:35Highlanders vs Reds
11:00Western Force vs Hurricanes
17:10Cheetahs vs Blues
Saturday 28th February
06:35Chiefs vs Crusaders
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies
15:05Bulls vs Sharks
17:10Lions vs Stormers
Friday 6th March
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com