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Cheetahs maul the Leopards

08th October 2010 20:33

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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

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