Cheetahs 18 (10) Bulls 30 (17)

Live commentary from the Vodacom Super 14 match in Bloemfontein.

Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus has made three late changes to the side to play the Bulls.

As per the speculation on earlier in the week, Erasmus has dropped Meyer Bosman to the bench and will start with Willem de Waal at flyhalf. CJ van der Linde will also start, as will Trevor Leota as Erasmus looks to put the heat on the inexperienced Bulls front row. Pre-match conditions: Wet surface, a huge crowd dressed mostly in orange and the real prospect of a Cheetahs win.


Cheetahs – Tries: Fredericks, Cooke. Conversion: De Waal. Penalties: De Waal (2).
Bulls – Tries: Ndungane, Roets, Olivier, Habana. Conversions: Hougaard (2). Penalties: Hougaard (2).



81min – CONVERSION Hougaard (4/8)

80min – TRY Habana. The Cheetahs run the ball, needing a try to draw level, but Habana intercepts and scores a try that denies the Cheetahs a bonus point.

78min – PENALTY Hougaard (3/7)

77min – Cheetahs penalised for collapsing the maul. Hougaard can extend the lead to five.

SUB: Rallepele on for Van der Walt

SUB: Steyn on for Olivier.

76min – Conversion MISS Bosman (0/1) De Waal is down with cramp and Bosman misses!

75min – TRY Cooke. Bosman passes to Floors to beats the tackle of Wasserman and finds Bosman again. The Bok No 10 passes inside to Cooke who scores.

73min – Penalty MISS Hougaard (2/6)

72min – Van der Linde penalised at the scrum. Hougaard will go for goal.

70min – Bulls lose another line-out. Spies gets his hand in the way of a Cheetahs pass. Scrum Cheetahs.

SUB: Van den Bergh on for Ndungane.

67min – PENALTY De Waal (3/4)

66min – Spies penalised for offsides at the ruck. De Waall will go for goal.

64min – The Cheetahs launch a rare attack, but De Waal knocks on.

BLOOD SUB: Van der Linde on for Du Plessis.

SUB: O van Zyl on for C van Zyl

58min – Hougaard misses another drop goal attempt.

57min – Cheetahs attack from the scrum, but Bosman knocks on.

SUB: Oelshig on for Claassens.

SUB: Liebenberg on for Leota.

55min – Hougaard’s 22 drop goes out on the full.

55min – Smith kicks a grubber but it goes over the Bulls line and is dotted down.

54min – Hougaard drop attempt just goes past the right hand upright.

SUB: Roux on for Thiart.

SUB: Wannenburg on for Bakkies

51min – PENALTY Hougaard (2/5)

50min – Cheetahs penalised for coming in from the wrong side.

SUB: Bosman on for Zweni. Cooke moves to left wing, Bosman to 12.

45min – Penalty MISS Hougaard (1/4)

44min – Smith penalised for hands in the ruck. Another chance for Hougaard.

43min – Bulls lose their fifth line-out (7/12) and the Cheetahs are let off the hook again.

42min – Bulls go left and Roets sends the grubber through. Fortuin clears for touch.

41min – Fortuin drops a catch and the Bulls surge forward. Bulls penalised for obstruction.

SUBS: Os on for Du Preez.


40min – PENALTY De Waal (2/3)

39min – Harsh call on the Bulls for a high tackle. De Waal goes for posts.

36min – Conversion MISS Hougaard (1/3)

35min – TRY Olivier. The Cheetahs poach the Bulls line-out, but Goodes spills the ball forward after a great Habana hit and its intercepted by Nel. Nel runs up past the halfway line, finds Hougaard who gives Olivier the try scoring pass. That’s a 14 point turn around.

34min – De Waal kicks for touch when he had three men on his outside. Bulls line-out inside their 22.

31min – Conversion MISS Hougaard (1/2)

30min – TRY Roets. Du Preez throws a dummy, breaks through the Cheetahs defence and passeds to Rossouw. The ball goes wide, great hands from Habana and Roets scores. Great try for the Bulls.

29min – De Waal knocks on when taking a catch, and Fortuin picks up from an offside position. No penalty is awarded though.

28min – Hougaard kicks a poor up and under from the free kick that goes too far. 22 drop out.

27min – Cheetahs penalised for wheeling the scrum. Bulls find touch on the Cheetahs 10m line.

26min – The Cheetahs steal the ball at the break down. Fortuin can’t find Cooke on his outside and the ball is knocked on. They had a two man overlap there.

25min – Penalty MISS De Waal (1/2). Ball sails past the right hand up right. The crowd groans.

24min – Bulls penalised for collapsing the maul just inside their own half. De Waal will go for goal.

CHEETAHS SUB: Du Plessis on for Van der Linde

17min – CONVERSION Hougaard (1/1)

16min – TRY Ndungane. Du Preez breaks from the scrum and is stopped inches from the tryline. The ball goes right, Wasserman throws a brilliant pass to Ndungane who appears to score in the corner. TV ref awards the try.

15min – Du Preez breaks away for the Bulls, but he can’t find Bakkies on his inside. Bulls scrum 5m out, in front of the posts. Ball was ripped out by the Floors so no knock on.

14min – Hougaard puts up a brilliant up and under. Fredericks takes the catch, drops the ball and Habana scores. Only Fredericks has called the mark. No try.

13min – A great kick from Fortuin takes play up to the halfway line.

12min – The Bulls drive it up and are stopped just short of the tryline. They drive up again, but lose the ball forward. The Cheetahs survive.

11min – Bulls set up the maul from the line-out. Cheetahs penalised for offsides. The Bulls kick for the corner instead of the three points.

10min – Cheetahs awarded a kickable penalty, which is reversed after a touch judge report. Fortuin is the guilty man for using his shoulder in the tackle. TV replays show Fortuin isn’t even in the picture. Lucky let off for the Bulls.

9min – Cheetahs kick down field, Roets takes the mark, and kicks for touch.

8kmin – Habana breaks away down the left hand touchline, hands off a man. The Bulls knock on, Cheetahs scrum.

CHEETAHS BLOOD BIN: Viljoen for Floors

7min – Bulls win the line-out and run it wide again. Hougaard is standing very flat and attacking the advantage line. The Bulls are penalised for taking the man out without the ball.

6min – De Waal doesn’t find touch and the Bulls run in back at the Cheetahs. Hougaard passes to Olivier who kicks down field. Fortuin kicks out on the full.

2min – CONVERSION De Waal (1/1)

1min – TRY Fredericks. Cooke takes the ball up from the scrum, before the Cheetahs swing it wide to Fredericks who dots down in the right hand corner. What a start for the home side.

1min – The Cheetahs kick downfield and Jacque Cronje knocks on. Bad start for the Bulls.