Cheetahs rule against Rebels

The Cheetahs hot streak continued in a wet Bloemfontein when they crushed the Rebels.

The Cheetahs 34-15 won after leading 10-6 at halftime.

The weather proved a leveler in the first half and the Cheetahs were a greater danger to themselves than to the opposition in trying to play a ball in hand game.

The Rebels were more committed in Bloemfontein than was the case in Durban a week ago when they trailed the Sharks 64-nil after 60 minutes, but this was as one-sided a contest as the one in Durban.

The Cheetahs dominated possession in the first half but were too expansive in their approach and struggled to control the ball in the wet conditions.

A more disciplined approach in the second half reaped reward and the forwards set the platform from which the outside backs got plenty of scoring opportunities.

Wingers Raymond Rhule and Willie le Roux were prominent and replacement wing Raymond Benjamin scored with his first touch.

The Rebels only try came in the 77th minute when the Cheetahs failed to control a ball from the lineout and replacement lock Caydern Neville walked over unopposed. But that was the highlight of their day and the match ended with the Rebels defending their tryline.

Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss was the best of the forwards and Heinrich Brussow and Lappies Labuscagne again impressed.

Burton Francis, at flyhalf, enjoyed his best outing for the Cheetahs, and centre Johan Sadie is gaining in confidence.

Veteran fullback Hennie Daniller provided stability and the opening try for the Cheetahs who have now won their last four matches, which equals the franchise record.