The Cheetahs came from behind to secure their third win of the tour, breaking Force players’ hearts in their first home game of the season.
A single point was the difference at half time, as the Force led 7 – 6, before the Cheetahs won 19 – 10.
The tired Cheetahs showed amazing determination to come from behind to beat a strong Force outfit. Willie le Roux wrapped up the match in the last three minutes with a runaway try, which Riaan Smit converted to give them a nine point victory.
The match was a poor display of handling and errors with little continuity and poor execution all around. The Force scored their only try of the match in the first half, Winston Stanley streaking into the corner after silly running from the Cheetahs. Risky rugby caught up to the men from Bloemfontein as they coughed up in their own 22m and conceded the try.
The Cheetahs looked dangerous at times, but their luck had seemingly run out as fifty-fifty passes were going to the ground . Heinrich Brüssouw was immense as he pilfered balls all match and was a menace at the breakdown. It was the determination to fight back which led to the Cheetahs winning this match when most thought the game was over.
The Cheetahs now return home to face the Rebels in Bloemfontein, with the confidence of their most successful tour ever. The Force next take on the Waratahs in Sydney.