Home team Away Team


  • Pretorius, Ebersohn,
    Penalty goals: Francis (3),
    Drop goals: Francis,
    Conversions: Francis (2),
26 - 24


  • de Jongh (2),
    Penalty goals: Pietersen (4),
    Conversions: Pietersen,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 6th Apr 2013
  • KO 16:05

Super Rugby: Cheetahs defeat DHL Stormers 26-24 in Bloemfontein

Last updated: 6th April 2013  

Juan de Jongh Stormers v Cheetahs 2012

Juan de Jongh: Scored two tries for the Stormers

Burton Francis lions waratahs

Burton Francis: His late penalty helped the Cheetahs to victory

Related links


Also see

A late Burton Francis penalty saw the Cheetahs beat the DHL Stormers for the first time since 2007 in a dramatic 26-24 victory at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The fly-half came back to haunt his ex-team-mates with a kick from close to the touchline with the final play of the game to secure his side a franchise record fifth win in a row.

In their nine previous matches, the Cheetahs had been victorious just twice, but Francis' late kick ensured that the visitors suffered their second successive loss.

Robert Ebersohn handed the Cheetahs an early lead but two tries from Springbok centre Juan de Jongh helped the Stormers back into the contest and they opened up a healthy 15-7 lead at the break.

Dynamic duo Sarel Pretorius and Coenie Oosthuisen emerged from the sidelines for the final half-an-hour with the hosts trailing 15-10.

And Pretorius made an immediate impact as he stole the ball and promptly raced 40 metres to the corner for a converted try that put the Cheetahs 17-15 in front.

However, that was to be his last act in a cameo as he left the field having damaged a hamstring before Joe Pietersen kicked two goals to make it 17-21.

Francis did cut the gap on the hour mark before landing a monster drop-goal with 13 minutes remaining that made it 23-21.

But there was more drama to come after Pietersen had made it 23-24 with six minutes remaining.

A late penalty was blown against Stormers replacement Damian de Allende by referee Stuart Berry at the breakdown and Francis did the rest to send the home crowd into raptures.

Super 15. Click here to bet.
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
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