Planet Rugby

Mission accomplished for Cheetahs

10th October 2009 16:01

Share:

Jongi Nokwe v Boland

Nokwe: Brace of tries for Free State

The Free State Cheetahs secured a bonus-point victory to qualify for the semi-finals of the Currie Cup after beating Boland 55-10 in Wellington on Saturday.

The visitors headed into the game knowing they needed maximum points to have any chance of finishing in the top four. They employed a expansive game to secure the four tries as soon as possible, which paid off as they achieved their main objective in 33 minutes.

Both the Cheetahs and Griquas finished up level on log points, but the Free Staters' superior points differential proved vital in the final outcome.

For Boland, their thirteenth loss means they finish bottom of the Currie Cup standings with five points. They will now host the Pumas on October 24 in the first of two promotion-relegation matches before travelling to Witbank a week later for the return fixture.

The Cheetahs were clinical against the Cavaliers, scoring nine tries to one in a one-sided contest that featured outstanding individual performances by Bok flanker Heinrich Brussow, who scored a brace, and rampaging number eight Ashley Johnson, whose international aspirations were advanced on a hot afternoon.

The Cheetahs opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Brussow burrowed over from a line-out drive after the Bolanders had infringed at scrum-time. Fly-half Louis Strydom added the extra points.

The visitors then scored their second seven minutes later when excellent driving work by tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen in particular led to space out wide for centre Meyer Bosman to exploit.

The former Bok centre drew the defence before slipping a crisp pass that put winger Jongi Nokwe in at the corner unopposed.

The Cavaliers opened their account in the 19th minute when fly-half Danré Gerber kicked a penalty.

Brussow then snatched his second try in identical fashion to his first when the Boland defence disintegrated from another lineout penalty catch-and-drive after 25 minutes.

Strydom was again on target with the extra points to make it 19-3.

Cheetahs scrum-half Tewis de Bruyn then grabbed the bonus point five minutes before the break after more sustained pressure on the Boland line.

Nokwe scored his second four minutes into first-half injury time after a simple backline move but the Bok flyer looked to have done himself an injury when trying to stop himself from running into an iron fence behind the dead ball line.

After the break, the visitors ran in another five tries to overwhelm the locals, who could only respond with a single try by Gerber, which he converted himself.

With the Bulls safely in third place following their win over the Leopards on Friday night, the Cheetahs must now wait for the result of the Lions-Western Province match to see whether they travel to Cape Town or Durban for their semi-final.

The scorers:

For Boland:
Try: Gerber
Con: Gerber
Pen: Gerber

Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Brussow 2, Nokwe 2, De Bruyn, Viljoen, Jonker, Juries 2
Cons: Strydom 5

Boland: 15 Hayden Groepes, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 PJ Vermeulen, 11 Wendal Wehr, 10 Danré Gerber, 9 Charlie King, 8 Junior Bester, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 David Hendricks, 5 Rito Hlungwane (c), 4 Nico Esterhuyse, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Harry Vermaas, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16 Clemen Lewis, 17 Michael de Neuilly-Rice, 18 George Earl, 19 Angelo Brinkhuys, 20 Danie van der Merwe, 21 Dewey Swartbooi, 22 Elgar Watts.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Frans Viljoen, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt (c), 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 WP Nel, 17 Izak van der Westhuizen, 18 Hendro Scholtz, 19 Kabamba Floors , 20 JP Joubert, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Fabian Juries.

Referee: Joey Salmans

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs vs Brumbies19:40
Crusaders vs Sharks19:35
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
New Zealand 36 - 13 EnglandNew Zealand vs England Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00