Planet Rugby

Cheetahs maul the Leopards

08th October 2010 20:33

Share:

hennie Daniller

Daniller: Brace of tries for Cheetahs

The Free State Cheetahs ran in 12 tries past the lowly Leopards to take a rather convincing 78-7 Currie Cup win in Phokeng on Friday.

The Cheetahs sent a stern warning to next week's semi-final contenders as they attacked from every corner of the field throughout the contest at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Though the win was to be expected when considering that the North West side is saving themselves for their promotion relegation match against the South Western Districts, it still hurt the hand full of spectators sporting green jerseys.

As was the case against the Sharks last week, the Leopards were behind their own goal posts in the opening minute of the match when full-back Hennie Daniller dived over in the corner.

With the Cheetahs dominating the tackle area and refusing to let go of possession, the hosts were forced to in to a situation where defending was their only function in the game.

Chancing a poorly directed clearance kick the Leopards were as stunned as most Cheetahs' supporters to see fly-half Louis Strydom brilliantly step past two defenders, before offloading to centre Meyer Bosman who ran his team's second with in with the greatest of ease.

After 10 minutes the Cheetahs had a 14-0 lead as resistance from the home side was futile. Four minutes later, skipper Adriaan Strauss barged his way over for the third.

Strauss' front row partner Coenie Oostuizen - who was again one of the stand-out players - scored the bonus point try in the 18th minute. The try came after Leopards lock Christo van Niekerk was sin-binned in the previous play.

The Cheetahs backs played exciting running rugby throughout the match and were aided by number eight Ashley Johnson and Strauss who often linked-up with the fast men out wide.

Just as the Leopards thought they weathered the storm, Daniller dived over for his second and to wrap up a frantic first 40 minutes.

Cheetahs Flank Hendro Scholtz, celebrated his 100th Currie Cup match with a scintillating try in the corner.

The half-time interval didn't seem to have much effect on the Leopards outfit, as it took the visitors only four minutes to add to their tally. Wing Philip Snyman put his name on the score sheet in the 45th minute, which took his team's total past the 50 mark with a Sias Ebersohn conversion to come.

Johnson was later rewarded with a try for his outstanding play throughout the evening.

The former Bok tourist broke the Leopards line inside his own 22, sent it wide to the nippy Corné Uys who cut inside and after drawing in the last defender returned the ball to Johnson who finished in the corner.

Van Niekerk made up for the 10 minutes he spent off the field when he ran-in his teams first and only try scored in the 80th minute.

The scorers:

For Leopards:
Try: C van NiekerkCon: Durand

For Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Daniller 2, Bosman, Strauss, Oosthuizen, Uys 2, Scholtz, Snyman 2, Johnson, Carse.
Cons: Strydom 6, S Ebersohn 3

Yellow card: Christo van Niekerk (Leopards, 17th minute)

The teams:

Leopards: 15 Divan Kotze, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 Cornelius Rautenbach, 12 Cecil Dumond, 11 Dumisani Matyeshana, 10 Clayton Durand, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Riaan Swanepoel (c), 7 Reginald Kember, 6 Willem Koch, 5 Edrich Linde, 4 Christo van Niekerk, 3 Barend van der Walt, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Divan Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Stoffel Duvenhage, 17 Eric Coetzee, 18 Anthonie Gronum, 19 Victor Joubert, 20 Charlie King, 21 Neill Jacobs, 22 Ghafoer Luckan.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Corné Uys, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Smit.

Referee: Marius Jonker

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne vs MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle vs Toulouse14:45
Castres vs BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Preview
Lyon vs Brive18:30
Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Oyonnax vs Stade Francais18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , August 29
Pumas vs SharksPumas vs Sharks Preview
Saturday , August 30
Griquas vs Cheetahs15:00
Blue Bulls vs Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Preview
Eastern Province Kings vs Lions19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau vs Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Preview
Southland vs Otago17:35
North Harbour vs Waikato19:35
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs Tasman16:35
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Thursday , September 4
Otago vs Canterbury19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Friday , August 29
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle
Montpellier 20 - 17 GrenobleMontpellier vs Grenoble Report
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province KingsBlue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Western Province 27 - 14 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 16 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Northland 35 - 5 WellingtonNorthland vs Wellington Report
Counties Manukau 29 - 25 OtagoCounties Manukau vs Otago Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 22
Toulouse 35 - 6 CastresToulouse vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 33 - 15 GriquasPumas vs Griquas Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 27 - 58 CanterburyWaikato vs Canterbury Report
Hawkes Bay 29 - 26 TaranakiHawkes Bay vs Taranaki Report
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour 21 - 25 Southland
Sunday , August 17
Tasman 35 - 15 Hawkes BayTasman vs Hawkes Bay Report
Northland 23 - 28 Manawatu
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00