Highlanders 19, Cheetahs 36


The Cheetahs tour is not getting any easier as they travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Phil Burleigh, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jake Paringatai, 7 John Hardie, 6 Joe Wheeler, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Chris King, 18 Jarrad Hoeata, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Shaun Treeby.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Riaan Smith, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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  1. All Joy in Cheetahville. Chiefs have to be feeling relieved they were able to ambush this lot right off the plane.
    Playoff march began tonight….

  2. Mooi Cheetahs, baie beter. If the Bulls and Stormers can win this weekend it will be a great weekend for SA over Nz teams. Wont be easy though.

  3. No he won’t Methos

    He’s been fellating the fast skilful enetertaining all counquering unbeatable Kiwi sides and the dumb useless old style rugby unentertaining slow coach loser SA sides all week, so he’s screwed left right and center.

    However I can bear Americano’s happiness all day and twice an hour for the next week!

  4. Reply to Deon @ 2:10 pm: Reply to DavidS @ 4:23 pm: Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 10:06 am:

    I have overheard tea parties between 60 year old ladies who ‘skinner’ less than you lot.

    I still have not seen the Cheetahs game but as I understand they defended well for a change.

    As I said many times this year – this is a good Cheetahs side with many arrows in the bow, Lappies and Vd Walt has been ‘potentially great’for a while now and I am happy they finally both are hitting their stride.

    Our teams just need balance, and the Cheetahs simply need to defend with more balls and utilize a smarter kicking game – apart from that they are a great team.

    I have me reservations about Stormers who conceded 4 while scoring 3 of which 2 were lucky tries – while Chiefs tries looked too easy. I also doubt whether Allistair can in one week ask his players to undo a mindset he has drilled in for 3 years now. I expect the Stormers to get stuck in that middle ground of not really knowing what or who they are.

    I rated the Bulls to win our conference and nothing has changed my mind. They have lots of guns and a balanced approach with a flamboyant backline.


    I remain unconvinced that an SA side will reach the semi.

    Another showing like this weekend from our sides will surely start convincing me otherwise.

  5. Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 11:02 am:

    String together more than one decent game a season…

    He’s very much like Hougaard… ie better wings than half-backs…

    Same with Ebersohn… to say he’s been doing a ‘great’ job organising the backline means you have not watched any other games this year!

    Cheetahs… like the Bulls and Stormers finally had forwards playing the break-downs like they should… as a pack and at full throttle… allowing them the quick-ball they need to hit the gaps…