The Cheetahs spoiled the farewell party at Loftus on Saturday by thrashing the Bulls 42-29 in their last Super Rugby encounter. The hosts were in attacking mode early and were awarded a try in the sixth minute through Jesse Kriel as Jacques-Louis Potgieter slotted over the conversion to put them in the lead. A quickly taken penalty by Sarel Pretorius saw Neil Jordaan go over in the corner as Neil Marais slotted over the conversion to level matters.
Thereafter, Henco Venter scored from a textbook maul before Marais added the extras to hand his side the lead. Potgieter slotted over a penalty in the 29th minute to bring them to within four points. The visitors scored two quick tries in the space of 10 minutes through Clayton Blommetjies and Pretorius as the teams went into the break 26-10 in favour of the men from the Free State.
After the break, terrible defending from the home side saw Steven Sykes score the opener of the half as Marais added the extras. The Bulls struck back with a try of their own through Francois Hougaard, Tiaan Schoeman added the sundries. Both teams created scoring opportunities but it was the men from Pretoria who capitalised with a try through Pierre Spies as Schoeman made no mistake with the conversion.
A great break from Teboho Mohoje set up Rayno Benjamin who sneaked over in the corner as Marais added the extras to secure a 42-29 victory over the Bulls.