15. Willie Le Roux
14. Cornall Hendricks
13. Johann Sadie
12. Rayno Benjamin
11. Raymond Rhule
10. Johan Goosen
9. Sarel Pretorius
8. Phillip Van Der Walt
7. Teboho Mohoje
6. Torsten Van Jaarsveld
5. Francois Uys
4. Lodewyk De Jager
3. Coenraad Oosthuizen
2. Adriaan Strauss
1. Trevor Nyakane
16. Caylib Oosthuizen
17. Luan de Bruin
18. Carl Wegner
19. Jean Cook
20. Henco Venter
21. Shaun Venter
22. Elgar Watts
23. Hennie Daniller
Cheetahs 27 Sharks 20
The Sharks are on the attack deep inside the Cheetahs' 22 and Steyn throws a long pass to Tonderai Chavhanga, who makes a dash for the line. He is tackled into touch at the corner flag by Benjamin! After double-checking with the TMO, the referee blows the final whistle and the Cheetahs secure a deserved victory! It was a thrilling game but in the end, the Sharks left it late. The Cheetahs' early dominance has secured them a deserved win and although the Sharks have picked up a bonus-point this result will not help them in their quest for a home semi-final.
YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! Goosen is sent to the sin bin for kicking the ball away after referee Rohan Hoffman awards a penalty to the Sharks close to the home side's try-line!
The Cheetahs pack are once again pinged for illegal scrummaging. Steyn puts the ball out inside the hosts' 22.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, SWIEL. 27-20. Swiel adds the two-pointer to narrow the gap to seven points.
TRY, SHARKS, B DU PLESSIS! 27-18. The Sharks launch a drive from a line-out, inside the Cheetahs' 22. Bismarck du Plessis is in control at the base and when he spots the whitewash he barges over!
The Cheetahs are under pressure close to their try-line but get out of jail with a clearance kick from Goosen which goes out five metres outside his 22.
The Cheetahs' front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres inside the home side's 22.
The Sharks are hammering away at the Cheetahs' try-line but they are met by a wall of white defenders! The visitors are eventually penalised when Stephan Lewies infringes at a ruck. Goosen brings relief for the hosts with a clearance kick which sails into touch close to the halfway line.
Ryno Benjamin is pinged for straying offside on defence. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Cheetahs' five-metre line.
The Cheetahs attack with their forwards and Jean Cook, de Jager and Oosthuizen get them over the advantage line with strong carries.
S'bura Sithole gathers the ball inside the Cheetahs' 22 but knocks on after a big hit from Raymond Rhule!
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 27-13. Goosen adds another three-pointer to give the visitors a 14-point lead.
The Cheetahs are on the attack! Goosen puts de Jager into a gap with a deft offload and only a desperate tackle from Mtembu brings him o ground inside the Sharks' 22!
Marais spots a gap behind the Cheetahs defence and launches a kick which rolls into touch inside the home side's defence.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 24-13. Goosen adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!
TRY, CHEETAHS, DE JAGER! 22-13. Lood de Jager runs onto a pass from Strauss, close to the Sharks' try-line, and crashes over with three defenders on his back!
The Cheetahs are running from deep inside their half. Le Roux, Johann Sadie and Cornal Hendricks are all involved but the sharks are soon penalised when Mvovo and JP Pietersen go offside on defence. Goosen puts the resulting penalty out close to his 22-metre line.
The Sharks are on the attack, inside the Cheetahs' 22. JP Pietersen and SP Marais do well with ball in hand but they are kept in check by the home side's defence.
Swiel gets the second half started with a deep kick which Van der Walt gathers. He sets off on a run and is brought to ground just outside his 22 by Coetzee.
Cheetahs 17 Sharks 13
The Sharks are on the attack inside the Cheetahs' 22 but turn over possession when Kyle Cooper holds onto the ball on the ground. Interestingly, the Cheetahs kick the ball upfield and Lwazi Mvovo then boots the ball into touch. The sides head into the sheds for half-time. As the scoreline suggests, this has been an even contest. The Cheetahs started brightly but the Sharks fought back well to take the lead. The latter parts of the half saw the hosts strike back and they are back in front after superb team play. The second half awaits and one gets the feeling that this game is still far from being decided.
From a scrum on the Sharks' five-metre line, the Cheetahs are pinged for an early shove. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out on his 10-metre line.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 17-13. Goosen adds the two-pointer to give the hosts a four-point lead.
TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN DER WALT! 15-13. The Cheetahs are hammering away at the Sharks' line. Nyakane, de Jager and Adriaan Strauss all go close before Philip van der Walt runs onto a pass from Pretorius and barges over!
Mtembu is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Goosen puts the hosts onto the attack with a kick which sails into touch deep inside the Sharks' 22.
Van Jaarsveld takes the ball into contact is robbed of possession on the ground by Coetzee! Great poaching by the Springbok forager!
PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 10-13. Swiel puts the visitors in front for the first time, after Trevor Nyakane is pinged for deliberately collapsing a maul.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, SWIEL. 10-10. Swiel levels the scores with a well-struck place-kick.
TRY, SHARKS, REINACH! 10-8. Cobus Reinach gathers the ball, at a line-out jut inside the Cheetahs' half, and beats four defenders before crashing over!
PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL. 10-3. Swiel gets the Sharks' first points, with a well-struck three-pointer, after van Jaarsveld strays offside on defence.
The Sharks take the ball through 12 phases until Marais finds himself in the clear! He's inside the Cheetahs' 22 but is knocked into touch by a desperate tackle from Willie le Roux!
Goosen launches an up-and-under which Mvovo gathers despite great pressure from Coenie Oosthuizen. Several Cheetahs are then pinged for going off their feet at the ensuing ruck and Frans Steyn puts the resulting penalty out inside the home side's 22.
The Sharks are on the attack and take the ball through several phases inside the Cheetahs' half. Tera Mtembu and Marcell Coetzee are prominent ball carriers but they lose possession when Cobus Reinach knocks on.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 10-0. Goosen adds the extras to extend the home side's lead.
TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN JAARSVELD! 8-0. The Cheetahs have just scored a phenomenal try! They launch a drive, from a line-out, just outside the Sharks' 22 and when he spots the whitewash, Torsten van Jaarsveld dives in for the game's opening try!
Goosen spots a gap behind Lwazi Mvovo and launches a kick which rolls into touch deep inside the Sharks' 22!
Tim Swiel gets a chance to level the scores, after the Cheetahs forwards are penalised for an infringement at the restart, but his effort is wide of the target.
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN. 3-0. Goosen opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Dale Chadwick is pinged for tackling Sarel Pretorius off the ball.
And we're off! Johan Goosen gets the game underway with a deep kick which SP Marais gathers. He offloads to Marcell Coetzee, who sets up a ruck inside his 22.
With the heavy workload suffered by the Sharks and Springbok front-row, Director of Rugby Jake White has opted for rotation, with Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Lourens Adriaanse starting this match. Anton Bresler makes a welcome return to action and has been named alongside new-Bok Stefan Lewies in the second-row while Jean Deysel takes over the captaincy armband. Tim Swiel has been named to start at fly-half with Frans Steyn reverting to centre, partnering S'bura Sithole in the midfield. The bench, loaded with six Springboks, should provide plenty of firepower in the latter stages of this vital clash. Thomas du Toit, back from an outstanding campaign for the SA U20 side, has earned a call-up to the senior side, having featured in the Vodacom Cup for the Sharks XV earlier this season.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has selected all his available Springboks for this encounter. Returning to the franchise after being involved in the incoming tour Tests against Wales and Scotland, Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lood de Jager, Teboho Mohoje, Johan Goosen, Cornal Hendricks and Willie le Roux were all named in the run-on side. Their return would be a boost for the home side, who have had to make do without injured stalwarts Boom Prinsloo and Heinrich Brussow.
Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this South African Super Rugby derby, from the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, between the Cheetahs and the Sharks. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
15. SP Marais
14. Sibusiso Sithole
13. J.P Pietersen
12. Francois Steyn
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Tim Swiel
9. Jacobus Reinach
8. Lubabalo Mtembu
7. Jean Deysel
6. Marcell Coetzee
5. Stephan Lewies
4. Anton Bresler
3. Lourens Adriaanse
2. Kyle Cooper
1. Dale Chadwick
16. Bismarck Du Plessis
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Jannie du Plessis
19. Ettienne Oosthuizen
20. Willem Alberts
21. Charl McLeod
22. Tonderai Chavhanga
23. Odwa Ndungane
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