Planet Rugby

Brumbies beaten in Bloemfontein

29th April 2011 17:39

Share:

Sarel Pretorius cheetahs brumbies 2011

Two tries: Sarel Pretorius

The Cheetahs almost squandered a massive lead but held on for a 47-36 Super Rugby win over the Brumbies in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The Cheetahs led 32-26 at half time, but the game really should have been over as a contest after 20 minutes.

After seeing the Cheetahs charge to a 25-0 lead, the Brumbies clawed their way back into contention and actually outscored their hosts five tries to four.

However five second-half penalties from fly-half Sias Ebersohn eventually saw the Cheetahs home as they clinched their second win of the season.

We expected a high-scored game and were weren't disappointed as, once again, the Cheetahs conspired to give away soft tries.

By the time the half-time hooter sounded both teams had already bagged a four-try bonus point and were separated only by two massive drop goals from Cheetahs full-back Riaan Viljoen.

The home side raced to 25-0 lead inside the first quarter as loosehead Coenie Oosthuizen, scrum-half Sarel Pretorius and tighthead WP Nel all touched down while Viljoen nailed two drops, including one from his own half.

While the Cheetahs had been rampant in the first 20 minutes, the second quarter belonged to the Brumbies, who cashed in on some woeful defending from their hosts.

Francis Fainifo got the ball rolling when he pierced the midfield to score under the sticks.

Pretorius got his second for the Cheetahs before Brumbies finally found some rhythm and cohesion as Ben Alexander, Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper added their names to the scorecard.

After the restart fly-half Sias Ebersohn opened the gap to 41-29 with three penalties to Matt Giteau's one.

When Josh Valentine snuck through the inside channel and set up Robbie Coleman to score with his first touch of the ball, the gap was reduced to just five points.

But, for the first time this season, the Cheetahs managed to keep their composure in the last quarter as Ebersohn could add two more penalties to seal the deal.

The scorers:

For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Oosthuizen, Pretorius 2, Nel
Cons: S. Ebersohn 3
Pens: S. Ebersohn 5
Drops: Viljoen 2

For the Brumbies:
Tries: Fainifo, Alexander, Hooper, Ashley-Cooper, Coleman
Cons: Giteau 4
Pen: Giteau

Yellow card: Lealiifano (Brumbies - 63rd min - tip tackle)

The teams:

Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corne Uys, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Hennie Daniller.

Brumbies: 15 Pat McCabe, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Matt Giteau (c), 11 Francis Fainifo,10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Pat Phibbs, 8 Colby Faingaa, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Jono Owen, 18 Ben Hand, 19 Julian Salvi, 20 Josh Valentine, 21 Tyrone Smith, 22 Robbie Coleman.

Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks15:15
Castres vs Leinster13:00
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Preview
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Brive vs Zebre18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , October 25
Western Province vs Lions17:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , October 25
Taranaki vs Tasman19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615