Cheetahs kick Currie Cup bid into gear with walloping of Western Province

The Cheetahs made it back-to-back Currie Cup wins once they thumped Western Province 38-21 in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

Tries by Duncan Saal, David Brits, Ruan Pienaar and Cohen Jasper noticed the Free Staters proceed their upward curve in a giant manner, with a bonus-point win that will get them again into the hunt.

Blommetjies sensible in Bloemfontein

Exceptional defence and the counter-attacking brilliance of man of the match Clayton Blommetjies set the Cheetahs up for fulfillment.

Western Province might want to take an extended exhausting have a look at themselves having now lost two on the trot with this defeat on the Toyota Stadium coming after the shock 30-28 loss to Griquas at dwelling. 

WP did not convert territorial supremacy into factors in a primary half they dominated however completed scoreless, didn’t get sufficient reward for the lion’s share of possession they’d within the second stanza as nicely and slipped far too many tackles.

Cheetahs shortly out of the blocks

The Cheetahs conversely began like a home on hearth with Saal scoring contained in the opening minute. A skip move by Brits created house for Jeandré Rudolph, who shifted the ball to his wing, who swerved previous the ultimate defender to get the hosts off to the right begin. 

Tim Swiel was unsuccessful with his first kick at purpose as nicely moments later. However, it was all Western Province within the opening quarter, with John Dobson’s males stringing collectively passes and gaining ample floor with their driving mauls to arrange camp within the Toyota Cheetahs’ 22.

The guests merely couldn’t unlock the decided defence of the Cheetahs although, who conceded a number of penalties however wouldn’t permit Western Province over the whitewash. The Cheetahs additionally pulled off important turnovers on the deck, first by No 8 Aidon Davis after which by fullback Blommetjies, to frustrate the lads from Cape Town.

The two closest calls early within the sport noticed an bold final move by JD Schickerling to Swiel not go handy earlier than Marnus van der Merwe did nicely to carry up Leon Lyons over the road. A second missed try at purpose by the often dependable Swiel within the twenty seventh minute added to Western Province’s woes.

On the 30-minute mark and with Pienaar on the forefront, the Cheetahs returned to the purple zone for the primary time since Saal’s blitzed strive, not like their Cape Town counterparts, they capitalized with their influential skipper slotting two penalty objectives to offer them an 11-0 lead at half-time regardless of having simply 40% of the ball and 31% territory. 

Western Province hit again

Four minutes into the second half, Western Province lastly obtained onto the board with Marcel Theunissen offloading to Evan Roos to hurry in a strive transformed by Swiel. 

However, the Cheetahs would hit again instantly, as Blommetjies broke earlier than a kick by Brandon Thomson bounced up for Brits to finish the rating.

Blommetjies was concerned once more moments later, scything by way of the defence and placing Pienaar over for a strive, with the latter’s two profitable conversions pushing the scoreline out to 25-7 after 50 minutes. 

No manner again

Roos discovered a response for Western Province with a strong carry that noticed him break two tackles and rating what can be a second seven-pointer, however once more, the guests conceded factors quickly afterwards, this time, three off the boot of Pienaar.

Leading 28-14 because the match entered the ultimate quarter, the Cheetahs had their tails up, however Western Province weren’t going away and after a sustained onslaught, it regarded like Andre-Hugo Venter had scored from a driving maul. In a merciless blow, nonetheless, the TMO dominated that the hooker had knocked on as he tried to floor the ball.

Pienaar kicked a fourth penalty purpose six minutes from full-time to take his personal tally to 21 earlier than Jasper capped off a cracking night for the Cheetahs as he collected a kick to attain the bonus-point strive, which was transformed by substitute flyhalf Reinhardt Fortuin.

Thomas Bursey scored a strive within the ultimate play of the sport that Sacha Mngomezulu transformed, however it will’ve been little comfort for the crushed Capetonians who go away Bloemfontein sans any log factors.

Cheetahs 38-21 Western Province


Toyota Cheetahs 38 (11) – Tries: Duncan Saal, David Brits, Ruan Pienaar, Cohen Jasper. Conversions: Pienaar (2), Reinhardt Fortuin. Penalty objectives: Pienaar (4).

DHL Western Province 21 (6) – Tries: Evan Roos (2), Thomas Bursey. Conversions: Tim Swiel (2), Sacha Mngomezulu.

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