Planet Rugby

Cheetahs conquer the Shark Tank

20th April 2013 17:55

Share:

Raymond Rhule Cheetahs v Rebels Super Rugby

Try scorer: Raymond Rhule

The Cheetahs pulled off a hard-fought 12-6 derby victory over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday in a win that puts them atop the SA conference.

In a gutsy performance, the men from Bloemfontein are up to third - temporarily at least depending on the result in Port Elizabeth - after this victory.

Unfortunately the wet weather conditions played a factor in the action at Kings Park as both outfits struggled to get to grips with the slippery ball.

Mistakes were frequent and it was no surprise that the scoreline remained 0-0 for as long as it did, the first points eventually coming on 33 minutes. That score arrived via a little help from the conditions too as Raymond Rhule opened the Cheetahs' account for a score that moved him up to four tries.

Before the deadlock was broken the Cheetahs also came close when scrum-half Piet van Zyl pounced on Cobus Reinach spilling the ball in his own 22. But Pat Lambie got back in time to save his side as he dislodged the ball from the visiting half-back. The warning shot was well-and-truly sounded though.

Things got worse for the Sharks on 24 minutes when prop Tendai Mtawarira hobbled from the action with a leg injury that will be a concern to both John Plumtree and Heyneke Meyer. Opposite number Coenie Oosthuisen meanwhile was getting through the tackles and also causing a nuisance at the breakdown.

Few scoring chances were presenting themselves however in Durban and it wasn't until Rhule hacked the ball onward following Heinrich Brussow's initial boot downfield from his own 22 that the wing was able to dive on the ball for the try. Burton Francis' conversion made it a 7-0 lead for the Cheetahs.

Rhule's score prompted the Sharks to life and a series of phases and territory eventually resulted in Lambie knocking over three points on the half-time hooter.

Upon the turnaround the home side set about continuing from where they left off but with a combined total of 25 handling errors amassed by 56 minutes, things were never going to spark into life. That statement was furthered by the Cheetahs withstanding all the Sharks were throwing at them in their own 22.

Francois Steyn was introduced into the action ten minutes into the second-half and his physicality to go with fellow replacement Jean Deysel did cause the Cheetahs a few concerns for a spell leading up to the hour. Eventually Lappies Labuschagne went off his feet and Lambie made it 7-6 from distance.

It was interesting that the Cheetahs, still yet to receive a bye week, had not used any of their seven replacements with ten minutes left on the clock. Naka Drotske did eventually utilise his bench on 71 minutes though when Frans Viljoen and Rayno Benjamin came on to help the visitors in the dying embers.

It was one of their mainstays though who sealed the win when Willie le Roux intercepted Pieter-Steph du Toit's pass to run in for a win that gives them a further boost to what has been an impressive season thus far.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Pen: Lambie 2

For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Rhule, Le Roux
Con: Francis

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Andries Coetzee, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Jean Deysel, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Francois Steyn, 22 Sean Robinson.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Coenie Oosthuisen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Landman Ligtoring, 19 Frans Viljoen, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Francois Brummer Francois, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London WelshSale vs London Welsh Preview
London Irish vs SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Preview
Harlequins vs WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Preview
Bath vs LeicesterBath vs Leicester Preview
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Preview
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets vs Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Preview
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse14:45
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Clermont Auvergne vs LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Preview
Castres vs Oyonnax18:30
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Montpellier vs Stade Francais20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Preview
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , September 20
Hawkes Bay vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Preview
Manawatu vs Southland19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
Connacht 10 - 9 LeinsterConnacht vs Leinster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Brive 13 - 53 ToulonBrive vs Toulon Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Lions 29 - 15 Pumas
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 20 - 28 CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Report
Thursday , September 18
Northland 20 - 31 TaranakiNorthland vs Taranaki Report
Wednesday, September 17
Southland 14 - 38 TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
More Top 14 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Exeter310
2Saracens29
3Bath29
4Leicester Tigers29
5Northampton26