Cheetahs Brush Off Brumbies

The Cheetahs obtained their first Vodacom Super Rugby win over foreign opposition in this year’s campaign after defeating the Brumbies 27-21 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.  The Toyota Cheetahs began the encounter well as they placed the visitors under pressure when the side managed to win a penalty, and flyhalf Johan Goosen directed his kick and put his side in the lead.

The Brumbies tried to fight back and centre Christian Leali’ifano got his first shot at goal in the 10th minute, but his effort went wide and the hosts preserved their lead.  By the 21st the kicking responsibilities had been handed to scrumhalf Nick White who finally put the Australians on the scoreboard.  Trailing 9-3 Robbie Coleman’s try brought the visitors right back into it and at the break they led 11-9.

The second half started with a bang as Wille Le Roux scored the first try of the evening.  Goosen scored the Cheetahs’ second try of the evening in the 50th minute and also converted to stretch the lead.  Heinrich Brussow was sin-binned in the last 10 minutes for kicking the ball away with the hosts leading 24-14.  The Brumbies dotted their second try through hooker Stephen Moore but there would be no further significant changes to the scoreboard as Naka Drotske’s men held out for the victory.

The result is a boost for the Cheetahs as it lifts them from the bottom of the standings to 12th but is also a boost for the Cell C Sharks and the Chiefs who lead the standings.