Cheetahs Prove A Super Rugby Stumbling Block For Sharks

The Toyota Cheetahs beat the Sharks 27-20 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday in a Super Rugby clash.  Johan Goosen kicked the first penalty of the game to hand the hosts an early lead.  Torsten Van Jaarsveld scored a phenomenal try for Naka Drotske’s men as they surged ahead after eight minutes.

Tim Swiel’s penalty brought the Cell C Sharks onto the scoreboard on 18 minutes before Cobus Reinach went over three minutes later for the visitors’ first try of the evening.  Swiel’s conversion levelled matters before a penalty four minutes later handed Jake White’s side the lead.  However the Cheetahs were back in front courtesy of a Phillip Van Der Walt try eight minutes before the break.

Goosen added the two points as Drotske’s men took a 17-13 half-time lead.  Lood De Jager scored the opening try of the second half eight minutes in as the home side extended their lead.  Goosen added the two points to make it 24-13.  However White’s side refused to lie down and Bismarck Du Plessies crossed the line six minutes from time to give the Sharks some hope but it was too little too late for the Durban franchise as the Bloemfontein boys ran out 27-20 victors.