The Cheetahs powered their means again to the highest of the Currie Cup desk with a thumping 44-15 (halftime 24-10) win over the Sharks on the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.
The Cheetahs have been in devastating kind within the first half, securing their fourth strive bonus level earlier than the break, finally outscoring the guests by six tries to 2, for a dominant end result that secures their place as competitors favourites with their ninth straight win.
The Sharks in contrast have misplaced kind since beginning the competitors with 4 straight wins, and now sit with 5 wins, a draw and three losses and may very well be dragged right into a play-off battle with the Griquas and Pumas inside 4 factors of them in third place now.
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It was all-out assault from the Cheetahs within the first half as they ran in 4 tries to seal the bonus level within the first 40 minutes. Two tries within the first 12 minutes appeared to recommend the Cheetahs would run away with it, however their subsequent two got here within the 29th and 40th minutes. With the harm achieved within the first half the Cheetahs then went off the boil within the second however nonetheless ran in one other two extra tries to seal a well-deserved win.
The Cheetahs have been continuously on the entrance foot all through the match, largely due to their ahead dominance, proven by their pack within the scrums and mauls. Their fourth strive within the first half was all created from an enormous scrum within the Sharks 22m, whereas their sixth strive within the second half was from a robust maul that made it simply brief with alternative hooker Louis van der Westhuizen peeling off and diving over.
The Sharks confirmed some valiant defence to guarantee that the Cheetahs didn’t energy over the half century mark of factors. It wasn’t an ideal defensive efficiency by any means, with Cheetahs wings Rosko Specman and Daniel Kasende making lengthy vary breaks that led to tries, with three of them began from the house sides half. However the Sharks fronted up in the course of the center levels of the primary half and within the second half to cease the Cheetahs quite a few instances after they had gotten into the Sharks 22m.
For the Cheetahs, who have been not too long ago dealt a serious blow of their efforts to get again into worldwide franchise motion, they’re making the very best assertion by inching their means in direction of an ideal season. With 9 wins from 9, the Cheetahs are high of the log and on target to undergo the pool stage unbeaten, with three extra pool video games earlier than the knock-outs. This win over the Sharks additionally sealed their place within the play-offs, with another win most likely sufficient to seal a house semi.
Cheetahs: Tries – Victor Sekekete, Marnus van der Merwe, Cohen Jasper, Andisa Ntsila, Mihlali Mosi, Louis van der Westhuizen; Conversions – Ruan Pienaar (3), Siya Masuku; Penalties – Pienaar, Masuku
Sharks: Tries – Cameron Wright, Dan Jooste; Conversion – Boeta Chamberlain; Penalty – Chamberlain