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Super Rugby | Bloemfontein
17:00 (GMT) | 05-05-2017
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Banks adds the extras
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The Highlanders at the 5 now after the restart and the Cheetahs holding on for dear life. They move the ball along the 5 and Naholo gets it at the wing to win his team the game
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Banks secures the 2 points
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The Highlanders with a quick break after the reset and Faddes catches the home team off guard as he sprints the distance after a turnover. He makes it over the line to score the TRY
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The conversion is good
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Tevita gets the ball after a pass from Faddes and he scores the TRY
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The referee blows for a away team penalty. Scrum for the Highlanders. They take it and move the ball down field
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The Highlanders with the maul after the line-out at the 5. They make it over the line but the carrier is held up. Scrum to the visitors at the 5. They take their scrum and look to push through but the Cheetahs hold them at the 5
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The referee halts play for a penalty to the Highlanders. He refers to the TMO and then awards Cassiem a yellow card
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The Highlanders get a penalty after the scrum and kick into touch around the 22 of he hosts
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Scrum reset
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The referee calls play back for a scrum to the Cheetahs around the half way after the Highlanders turnover
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The Cheetahs at the 10 moving back and forth as the Highlanders hold them back. Rhule looks fora chip and chase but it blocked. The referee calls for a play on
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Cheetahs inside the Highlanders' half
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The Cheetahs moving forward slowly and Zeilinga kicks forward into touch at the 5 for a Highlanders throw
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The referee blows for a line-out to the hosts as the ball is tackled into touch
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The Highlanders on the attack now after the restart. They look to build from the Cheetahs 10
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Zeilinga secures the 2 points
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The ball being kicked back and forth again by the teams and the Highlanders find themselves at the hosts' 10. The interception is there and Petersen speeds forward in support. He gets it and offloads to Nche who powers over the line to score the TRY
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Zeilinga misses his kick this time around
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The Cheetahs get the ball at the half way on the break and Rhule again making a few meters then kicking forward. Meyer dashes past him for the chase and is the first one there. He collects the ball and puts it down for a TRY
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The ball being kicked back and forth after the reset
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The conversion is good
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They move forward with the maul and then send the ball down field then up again to Rhule. He takes a few steps before offloading and Mohoje is the last man to get the ball. He jogs over the line and scores the TRY
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The Cheetahs have a throw after the reset. Line-out taken inside the away team half
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Banks adds the extras
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The Highlanders take a line-out around the half way. They start building and make a break along the wing with Faddes. They move quickly, catching the Cheetahs off guard as Naholo goes over the line to TRY
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Banks puts on the 2 points
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The Highlanders turnover and Thompson gets the ball at the 22. He passes two and sprints the distance to put it down for a TRY
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The Highlanders kick forward and the chase is on. Petersen makes it there first and looks for a ruck at his 5
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Zeilinga adds the extras
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Another line-out at the 5 for the home team. They go for another maul and Van Jaarsveld makes it over the line to score the TRY
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The Cheetahs looking to make the most of the visitors' 2 man deficit. The hosts win a penalty around the 5 and Blommetjies kicks into touch. They make it into the 5 with a maul. The referee halts play again for a penalty
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The referee halts play in the early minutes after a second reckless tackle by the Highlanders, Tokolahi the culprit this time around. He is sent to the sin bin
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The referee blows and the second half is underway

Half Time

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The Cheetahs defence holding as the Highlanders enter the 5. The hooter sounds and the referee blows, but for a penalty. Franklin with a shoulder charge. The Cheetahs kick into touch from the penalty. HALF TIME
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The Highlanders inside the 22 of the hosts now, probing. The referee halts play for a penalty to the visitors. Banks kicks into touch at the 5
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Line-out for the hosts at their 5. The ball is sent back and cleared
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Zeilinga secures the 2 points from a tough angle
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The Cheetahs take their throw and make some good ground in the maul. The call to use it is there and they move it up field all the way to Petersen who bursts along the wing to score the TRY
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The referee blows after a reckless tackle by Faddes. He is yellow carded and the Cheetahs kick into touch at the 5
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Petersen loses it forward and and the Highlanders play with an advantage. The ball is cleared into touch and the Cheetahs have a half way throw
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Line-out to the hosts around the opposing team 22. They move the ball to the other side of the field looking for a gap
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The Highlanders clear from the penalty and they half way line throw.The Cheetahs win a penalty shortly after and kick into touch
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The Cheetahs with some good team build up play. Petersen is the last man to get the ball after a series of passes. He goes over the line to score the try, but the referee refers to the TMO and the try is disallowed
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Rhule helps his team forward by passing three before being brought down. The Cheetahs around the away team 22 as the referee blows. Scrum to the hosts
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They take their throw and clear
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Deep restart from the hosts. The ball is cleared and Blommetjies picks it up then runs forward into space. He offloads but his man is in touch. Line-out to the away team inside their 22
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Banks secures the extras
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The Highlanders move forward with purpose, bombarding the Cheetahs defence with bodies. Banks gets it at the 22 and slips into space, running all the way to put it between the sticks. TRY
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Small-Smith finds a gap and rushes to the 5 with Blommetjies in support. The visitors turnover and they play their way out of danger
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The hosts in possession after the reset at the 10 of the Highlanders. They move forward progressively
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Banks takes the kick and puts his team on the board
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The Highanders have a penalty outside the 22
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Scrum to the hosts around their 22 after the ball is lost forward
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The hosts win a penalty from the scrum and the ball is booted into touch. The Highlanders in possession after the throw and move forward from the half way
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Scrum at the Cheetahs 22
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The Cheetahs hold the ball after the restart and then the ball is cleared. The Highlanders try to make their way forward again, but the referee blows. Penalty to the Cheetahs inside their own half
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The Cheetahs opt for a shot at goal. Zeilinga lines it up and secures the 3 points
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Scrum to the visitors. Scrum reset
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The Cheetahs give away a penalty after holding onto the ball when their maul wasn't moving
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The Cheetahs win a penalty in the scrum and the ball is kicked into touch at the 22
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Scrum at the Cheetahs 22
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Blommetjies looks for touch with a kick forward but it heads into the dead ball zone
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The Cheetahs clear after the restart and the ball is booted back
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The conversion is missed
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The Cheetahs with a fantastic break along the wing after the scrum. Petersen offloading to Meyer who puts it down for a TRY
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The Cheetahs win a turnover in the ruck after the second call to use it by the referee. They win a scrum at their 5
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The referee blows for a away team penalty and the ball is kicked into touch at the 5
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The Highlanders get the ball after the throw and find themselves at the hosts 22
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The Highlanders turnover and they make it to the 22 with pace. The ball is moved to the other side of the pitch but the referee blows for a Cheetahs line-out
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The Cheetahs clear after the kickoff but get it back shortly after. They look to build from the half way
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The referee blows and we're off!
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms
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Aaron Smith crossed for a brace of tries in his last game against the Cheetahs, and has been involved in six tries in his last three games for the Highlanders overall (one try and five try assists).
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The Cheetahs have piloted 89 percent of their goal kicks successfully through the uprights, a higher success rate than any other team in the competition.
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The Cheetahs have scored 20+ first half points in four of their last five games at home, taking the lead into the break in each of those four games, though they've managed to win only two of them.
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The Highlanders have won eight of their last nine games against the Cheetahs, though six of those eight wins have been by margins of no greater than seven points.
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Welcome to Bloemfontein, where the Cheetahs will take on the Highlanders
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 5 Francois Uys
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Henco Venter
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 10 Fred Zellinga
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Francois Venter
  • 14 Sergeal Petersen
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Elandré Huggett
  • 17 Niel Marais
  • 18 Tom Botha
  • 19 Armandt Koster
  • 20 Uzair Cassiem
  • 21 Niell Jordaan
  • 22 Shaun Venter
  • 23 Charles Marais
START LINE UP
  • 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 3 Siosula Halanukonuka
  • 4 Joe Wheeler
  • 5 Tom Franklin
  • 6 Liam Squire
  • 7 Dillon Hunt
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Marty Banks
  • 11 Patrick Osborne
  • 12 Rob Thompson
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Matt Faddes
RESERVES
  • 16 Ash Dixon
  • 17 Aki Seiulu
  • 18 Siate Tokolahi
  • 19 Elliot Dixon
  • 20 Gareth Evans
  • 21 Kayne Hammington
  • 22 Fletcher Smith
  • 24 Tevita Li
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SR Preview: Round 11, Part One

Wed, 03 May 2017 22:17

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Two South African teams desperate to end their respective losing streaks, will have to do so against two of New Zealand's best.

It can only end badly.

The Stormers, having conceded and alarming 143 points and 21 tries in their last three matches, face the Hurricanes in Wellington.

It is not a surprise bookmakers have installed the home side as outright favourites.

The other game on Friday sees the Cheetahs, on a six-match losing streak, take on the Highlanders.

Again the contrasts are alarming. The Cheetahs have conceded 89 points and 13 tries in their last two matches against New Zealand opposition. The Highlanders put 57 points (nine tries) past the Stormers last week.

In Part One of the preview we look at the Friday matches!

Friday, May 5:

Hurricanes v Stormers
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said it would be a big mistake to take the South African Conference One leading Stormers lightly despite recent heavy losses to the Crusaders and Highlanders.

"It was only a few weeks ago that they beat the Chiefs in Cape Town and were on a six-match winning streak, so we know they are a very good side," Boyd said.

"They've had a couple of results they'll be disappointed with, in the past two weeks in New Zealand, and I think they will be highly motivated to put a good performance on the park against us in Wellington."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck - who was happy with the underdog tag - suggested his team will need to take a leaf out of the Hurricanes playbook, because of the testing conditions.

"I have spoken to other coaches who have been here before, like [Lions coach Johan] Ackermann, and it is pretty tough to play here when the weather comes in," Fleck said of the notorious Wellington weather that comes in off the Cook Straight between the North and South Islands.

"The Barretts [Jordie and Beauden], as well as [Thomas] Perenara, are used to these conditions and they are tactically very smart - especially with their kicking game," the Stormers coach added.

"We will have to be very smart and make good decisions.

"We have trained in those [wet and windy] conditions all week and the guys are prepared for it."

The Stormers are also hoping the inclusion of Kobus van Dyk on the flank will give their loose trio a better balance.

"We needed someone to do the dirty work," Fleck said of Van Dyk, whom he described as an "honest, hard-working" player.

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 25-20, Wellington
2014: Stormers won 19-18, Cape Town
2013: Stormers won 18-16, Palmerston North
2012: Stormers won 39-26, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 37-13, Cape Town

Prediction: The Hurricanes earned a 25-20 win in their last game against the Stormers, snapping a four-game losing streak against them. The Stormers have won six of their last eight games against the Hurricanes, though each of the last three meetings has been decided by a margin of no more than five points. The Hurricanes have won their last 10 games in succession on home turf, their longest such streak in Super Rugby history. The Stormers have conceded exactly 57 points in each of their first two games of this three-game tour of New Zealand, losing both matches; the last and only time they lost three games in a single tour of New Zealand was in April-May 1998. The Hurricanes have won eight of their last nine regular season games against South African opposition, but will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses in such fixtures for the first time since February 2014. The Stormers will be better, that is a given. But we doubt they will be good enough and the Hurricanes should win by 15 points.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Michael Kainga, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Ben Lam.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 John Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Bjorn Basson.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Ben O'Keeffe
TMO: Glenn Newman

Cheetahs v Highlanders
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT; 05.00, Saturday, May 6 NZ time)

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith's biggest job is to keep the players positive, given the losing streak his team is on.

Smith felt, despite having lost their last six matches, the team is still showing progress.

However, for that progress to reflect on the scoreboard, they will need to eliminate the "soft moments" that have cost his team so dearly this season.

"Once you are behind [on the scoreboard] against the New Zealand teams, it is tough [to get back]," he said.

"I work hard on keeping the players positive and set short-term goals for them.

"The big disappointment is that we have had real chances to win in so many games, but conceded too many soft tries in situations that we could have controlled."

The Cheetahs coach also spoke of the need to be "more clinical", especially o attack in the opposition's 22-metre area.

Highlanders coach Tony Brown was cautiously optimistic, making it clear that you underestimate the hapless Cheetahs at your own peril.

"The Cheetahs are an adventurous side who play an attacking brand of rugby and we're anticipating a good battle," Brown said.

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 45-24, Bloemfontein
2013: Cheetahs won 36-19, Invercargill
2012: Highlanders won 36-33, Bloemfontein
2011: Highlanders won 24-21, Dunedin
2010: Highlanders won 31-24, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The Highlanders have won eight of their last nine games against the Cheetahs, though six of those eight wins have been by margins of no greater than seven points. The Cheetahs have scored 20+ first half points in four of their last five games at home, taking the lead into the break in each of those four games, though they've managed to win only two of them. The Highlanders have now won five games on the bounce; the last time they won more was a stretch of six victories in 2005. The Cheetahs have piloted 89 percent of their goal kicks successfully through the uprights, a higher success rate than any other team in the competition. Aaron Smith crossed for a brace of tries in his last game against the Cheetahs, and has been involved in six tries in his last three games for the Highlanders overall (one try and five try assists). If the Cheetahs can put on an 80-minute show, they could cause an upset. However, the more likely scenario is the Highlanders taking it away in the last quarter and winning by 18 points.

Teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Niell Jordaan, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Niel Marais.

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock (captain), 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Richard Buckman.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Naholo breaks Cheetahs' hearts

Fri, 05 May 2017 13:36

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: Waisake Naholo's last-minute try made sure the Highlanders record a 45-41 win over the Cheetahs in a 12-try thriller in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Highlanders struggled in the first quarter of the match, they conceded an early try and failed to get momentum despite spending most of the time in the opposition's 22.

On the other hand, the Cheetahs were a breath of fresh air. The hosts dominated the breakdowns and executed every scoring opportunity to take a 15-10 lead at the break.  

The match took a miraculous turn in the last quarter.

Trailing by 17 points in the 76th minute, the visitors scored three tries to stretch a winning streak to six matches, a feat they last achieved in 2005.

It was the seventh consecutive loss for the Cheetahs after winning two of their first three matches this season.

Replacement back Tevita Li set the stunning comeback in motion by crossing the tryline unopposed and flyhalf Marty Banks converted at a chilly Free State Stadium.  

Fullback Matt Faddes burst clear of the Cheetahs defence to dot down a minute later and Banks converted again to trim the deficit to three points.

Huge wing Naholo completed the remarkable turnaround by scoring in the final minute and Banks added the extra points once again.

Cheetahs are no strangers to collapses having lost 27-41 at home to another New Zealand outfit, Chiefs, last month after building a 24-point advantage.   

Highlanders No.8 Luke Whitelock hailed the never-say-die spirit of his team at the start of a two-match South Africa tour.

"We left it all out there on the pitch," he said. "Winning despite having two players yellow carded was a fantastic achievement.

"Our attitude was superb in the closing minutes - we had nothing to lose when 17 points behind and went for broke."

Highlanders briefly had only 13 players on the field early in the second half as the sin-binning of Faddes and substitute prop Siate Tokolahi overlapped.

Yellow cards have been a common Super Rugby sight this season and Cheetahs ended the game a man short after replacement loose forward Uzair Cassiem was sin-binned.

Cheetahs skipper and centre Francois Venter was surprisingly positive after seeing his team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

"We matched Highlanders man for man in quality only to throw the game away at the death. This defeat is a particularly bitter pill to swallow"

Cheetahs wing Raymond Rhule called the defeat "heart-breaking"

"This has been the story of our season - losing matches we should have won. We are fighters, though, and will never give up trying,"  

Winning kept Highlanders fifth in the Australasian log - the last qualifying place for the quarterfinals - 10 points ahead of rivals the Blues.

Cheetahs picked up a losing bonus point but remain third in the Africa One standings, 15 points adrift of pace-setters the Stormers.

Man of the Match:: The Highlanders ended the match the stronger side and one man who truly stood out was their flyhalf, Marty Banks. However, throughout the match, the back three of the Cheetahs - Clayton Blommetjies, Sergeal Petersen and Raymond Rhule- again put in a solid performance and sparked up Bloemfontein with scintillating breaks from their own 22. Despite a heartbreaking defeat, our nod goes to Cheetahs hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld for his strong carries and work-rate to get front foot ball for his side.

Scorers: 

For Cheetahs:
Tries
: Meyer 2, Petersen, Van Jaarsveld, Mahojo, Meyer
Cons: Zeilinga 4
Pen: Zeilinga

For Highlanders:
Tries
: Banks, Thompson, Naholo 2, Li, Faddes
Cons: Banks 6
Pen: Banks

Yellow cards: Matt Faddes (Highlanders, 34 - Late and a  stiff-arm tackle, Siate Tokolahi (Highlanders, 41 - Tip tackle), Uzair Cassiem (Cheetahs, 72 - High tackle)  

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Niell Jordaan, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Niel Marais.

Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock (captain), 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Tevita Li.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

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Tian Meyer (6min), Sergeal Petersen (34min), Torsten Van Jaarsveld (44min), Teboho Mohoje (53min), Tian Meyer (57min), and Retshegofaditswe Nche (60min)
TRIES
Marty Banks (23min), Rob Thompson (47min), Waisake Naholo (50min), Tevita Li (75min), Matt Faddes (77min), and Waisake Naholo (79min)
Fred Zellinga (35min), Fred Zellinga (45min), Fred Zellinga (54min), and Fred Zellinga (61min)
CONVERSIONS
Marty Banks (24min), Marty Banks (48min), Marty Banks (51min), Marty Banks (76min), Marty Banks (78min), and Marty Banks (80min)
Fred Zellinga (14min)
PENALTIES
Marty Banks (20min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Uzair Cassiem (72min)
Matt Faddes (33min) and Siate Tokolahi (42min)
 
 
VENUE Bloemfontein
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)