Planet Rugby

Cheetahs cause upset in Sydney

19th March 2011 08:31

Share:

Frans Viljoen cheetahs celebrates

Shock result: Frans Viljoen celebrates victory in Australia

The Cheetahs created the sensation of Super Rugby's Round Five on Saturday with a shock 23-3 win over the Waratahs in Sydney.

Stone last at the start of the weekend, the Free Staters upset the odds to lead from start to finish and claim their first ever win on Australian soil.

Outscored by two tries to none, the Waratahs were booed off their field after a error-riddled display.

There was nothing fancy from the visitors, who simply made fewer mistakes and played smarter rugby in slippery conditions.

Returning Springbok openside flank Heinrich Brüssow had a huge impact on his side and was the menace at the breakdown that made him a key player for the national side.

While the Cheetahs must be praised for their pragmatic and ultimately effective approach, the result must be put down to a below-par performance from the hosts, who conceded a whopping 28 turnovers and seemed more adept at dropping passes than catching them.

Two penalties from young fly-half Sias Ebersohn gave the Cheetahs an unexpected 6-3 lead at the break after a first half characterised by the Waratahs lack of patience.

The home side had fluffed a number of opportunities to score as some sloppy finishing meant they had to wait for the half-hour mark to get on the scoreboard via a Berrick Barnes penalty.

Unable to get the upper hand up front or secure consistent possession from their line-outs, the 'Tahs were making difficult for themselves against a very well-organised Cheetahs defence.

The second half started in similar fashion as the visitors continued to frustrate the Sydneysiders at the breakdown, winning another penalty which Ebersohn duly converted to take the scores to 9-6.

With the Waratahs in full-attack mode Barnes kicked cross-field to Drew Mitchell out in space. The kick was inch perfect but Cheetahs full-back Riann Viljoen pinched it out of the Wallaby wing's hands in midair before bursting clear down the touchline.

Wing Phillip Snyman was up in support and turned on the gas to score.

The 'Tahs never really looked like clawing their way back and the result was sealed in the dying minutes when Sarel Pretorius stuck an arm through pile of bodies to touch down.

The scorers:

For the Waratahs:
Pen: Barnes

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:Snyman, Pretorius
Cons: Ebersohn 2
Pens: Ebersohn 3

Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Afa Pakalani, 13 Lachie Turner, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Pat McCutcheon, 6 Ben Mowen, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm (c), 3 Al Baxter, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Brendan McKibbin, 21 Daniel Halangahu, 22 Ryan Cross.

Cheetahs: 15 Riann Viljoen, 14 Phillip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss (c), 11 Fabiaan Juries, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Phillip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Martin Muller, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Frans Viljoen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Francois Uys, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Naas Olivier.

Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821