A second half blitz from the Cheetahs floored Western Province, because the guests claimed a 28-21 (halftime 7-16) win of their Currie Cup match on the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
The hosts put in a robust first half exhibiting to carry a stable lead after which started the second half with a attempt that moved them 21-7 up, however this appeared to spark the Cheetahs to life as they hit again with three unanswered tries over the remainder of the half to seal the bonus level win.
The unbeaten Cheetahs thus transfer to only one level behind the Bulls with a sport in hand and are within the good place to make a play for the highest of the log over the approaching video games.
“It was a frustrating first half. I think we conceded 12 or 13 penalties, which then makes it difficult to get your game going. But incredible character shown in that second half, our forwards made a massive step up, so pleased to get the win,” stated Cheetahs captain Ruan Pienaar.
It was the Cheetahs that acquired off to the higher begin within the match, as within the 15th minute they attacked from a scrum within the residence sides 22m, crashing the ball up earlier than prop Alulutho Tshakweni powered over, with Pienaar’s extras giving them a 7-0 lead.
However Province quickly took management due to a slew of penalties from the Cheetahs, that allowed flyhalf Tim Swiel to pop over two penalties both facet of Tshakweni receiving a yellow card because of repeated infringements, making it a one level sport after 25 minutes.
A very good spell of play from Province then ended with their first attempt within the 36th minute as on assault on the 10m, fullback Tristan Leyds noticed a spot within the defence, stepped a defender and sprinted away to attain.
Swiel added the conversion after which popped over a 3rd penalty simply earlier than the half time hooter to provide his facet a robust 16-7 lead on the break.
Province then began the second half the place they left off, properly on prime, as Leyds once more confirmed his ability, sending a cross kick over for proper wing Sergeal Petersen to catch within the Cheetahs 22m and offload to left wing Angelo Davids to go over for an unconverted rating within the nook.
This nevertheless sparked the Cheetahs to life as they got here powering again, first by way of an enormous transformed maul attempt to hooker Louis van der Westhuizen within the 49th minute.
Four minutes afterward assault within the Province 22m and inside centre Frans Steyn popped a brief ball to outdoors centre David Brits to smash by way of and rating beneath the posts, with Pienaar’s conversion drawing the scores degree.
Another highly effective maul attempt to van der Westhuizen within the 73rd minute then accomplished the comeback because the Cheetahs held on for a 28-21 win.
Western Province – Tries: Tristan Leyds, Angelo Davids; Conversion: Tim Swiel; Penalties: Swiel (3)
Cheetahs – Tries: Alulutho Tshakweni, Louis van der Westhuizen(2), David Brits; Conversions: Ruan Pienaar (4)