The Waratahs thrashed the Cheetahs 58-33 in their Round 17 Super Rugby clash on Saturday in Bloemfontein. Stephen Larkham’s men had possession and control of the ball throughout the first half. Just four minutes into the game, the Tahs scored their first try.
Israel Folau held Cornal Hendricks in defence and then went around him for the try in the corner, giving his team a try and the lead. Bernard Foley missed the touch line conversion. Four minutes later, Michael Hopper scored a try and an easy one at that as he capped off a simple move in the right corner.
Foley followed with a conversion. In the 12th minute Francois Venter scored a try putting his team on the board. A minute later, Coenie Van Wyk kicked the conversion. In the 15th minute, Hendricks scored a try which leveled the score at 12-12.
A shocker of a pass from Wycliff Palu was gobbled up by Hendricks who jogged over. A conversion by Van Wyk placed the Cheetahs in the 14-12 lead which was short lived. Matt Carraro scored a try claiming back the lead at 17-14.
Boom Prinsloo then scored a try and an additional two conversion points resulting from a scrum, where he did the rest at the tail of a rolling maul. In the 30th minute, Falau put the New South Welshmen back in the lead when he ended a scrum with running a fine angle to score. The match went to half-time with the Australians leading 29-21.
In the second half, Adam Ashley-Cooper went over for a try. Foley missed yet another conversion. Hendricks became the top scorer in the game for the home team next and Van Wyk’s substitute Neil Marais managed the two points.
Falau got another converted try in this high-scoring affair on 61 minutes, ensuring a clean lead of 41-28. In the 65th minute, the Sydney franchise won a penalty from a scrum, which Foley kicked successfully. A combination of Folau and Foley contributed again to a final score of 58-33 when the final whistle blew for end of the game.