Rhule double sinks Waratahs

Two tries by Raymond Rhule secured a second tour victory for the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs won 27 – 26 after the Waratahs led 20 – 17 at half time.

Rhule scored a try in each half as the Cheetahs held on for a tight win in Sydney. Johan Goosen kept his good form by adding 12 points with the boot.

Similar to the first match this morning, the lead see-sawed throughout the match. Rob Ebersohn got the Cheetahs off to the best possible starts, scoring in the second minute. The Waratahs kept themselves in the match through Brendan McKibbin, who kicked four penalties. Peter Betham and Adam Ashley-Cooper scored in the first half, and by half time, the game seemed to be over for the Cheetahs.

With momentum on their side, the Waratahs started the second half with a penalty to stretch the lead to six, but could not capitalise on what looked like exhausted Cheetahs players. The match seemed all but won for the Waratahs before Raymond Rhule produced a bit of magic to score with 7 minutes left in the match. The Waratahs could not get back in the game, and have now lost three of their last four matches.

The Cheetahs’ kick and chase plan worked well, as Israel Folau was bombarded with high balls, and put the Waratahs under immense pressure. The Waratahs also kicked away too much ball, especially in the last 5 minutes of the match, when they were chasing the win.

This is the first time the Cheetahs have managed three wins in a row against any opposition. The Waratahs next host the Blues while the Cheetahs wrap up their tour against the Force, hoping to win a third match.

By Richard Ferguson