Highlanders 19, Cheetahs 36

March 9, 2013
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The Cheetahs tour is not getting any easier as they travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders.

Teams:

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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22 Comments

  1. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    It’s Cheetah time – Let’s prime this pump @ 1:05 mark:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbmd5ldSl2M

  2. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    SUPER PRETORIOUS ! Cob webs off….Glory !

  3. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    That Labuschagne is a ringer…

  4. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Cheetahs defending like Stormers

  5. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Super Pretorious unlucky to not have hat trick at half time.

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Reply to Americano @ 9:31 am:

    Highlanders attacking like the Stormers :censored:

    Cheetahs just f-ing with my ratrace :Rule 9:

  7. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Willie got a try handed to him and he drops it :bangheadt:

  8. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 9:41 am:
    I know. Its the only mistake I’ve ever seen him make – which is good. It proves he’s human.

  9. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Cheetahs defence about 1000% better than last week.

    Keep it up

    Cheers

  10. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    You guys do realise that if/when the Cheetahs win Brenden will be impossible to live with for a week?

    Cheers

  11. avatar Americano says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    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….
    :wave:

  12. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    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.

  13. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 10:06 am:

    You mean Brenden will be MORE impossible
    to live with.
    Keep watching this thread.
    :fishing:

  14. avatar Deon says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 10:06 am:

    He cant really say anything. Cheetahs won today playing exactly the rugby he has been critising for as long as we know him.

  15. avatar DavidS says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    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!

  16. avatar Duiwel says:
    March 9th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Mooi Vrystaat!!!!

  17. avatar Americano says:
    March 10th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    It’s obvious that all the SA teams this week took great inspiration from the Cheetah-Heroes performance.

  18. avatar The Year of the Cheetah says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    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.

    :P

    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.

    However,

    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.

  19. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Lekker, I promised myself only a quick sneak at one game and as always I choose the Cheetahs and it was great.

    Attacking flair with good hard defense. What must Sarel to get the green and gold?

  20. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Oh and Robert Ebersholm, he is really doing a great job in the backline organization.
    Some good loosies coming through. Lekker lekker its monday and its still lekker.

  21. avatar Kwevoels says:
    March 11th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Cheetahas kicking but in Dunedin 8)

  22. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 2:17 am

    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…

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