The Cheetahs won their second Super Rugby match of the 2014 season when they beat the Stormers 35-22 with a bonus point in Bloemfontein.
The Cheetahs outscored the Stormers by five tries to three in the contest and they take five points in the standings while the Stormers take nothing. The result moves the Cheetahs above the Stormers who drop down to the bottom of the South African Conference and the overall standings.
The 2011 and 2012 South African Conference winning Stormers now only have two home wins to show from their nine matches after nine matches so far this season. The Stormers have played six matches away from home and lost all six and have also lost one of their three home matches.
The Cheetahs have played ten matches and have also yet to win away from home but in their five home matches so far they have won two and drawn one.
For the Cheetahs was Willie Le Roux his magnificent self as he was the catalyst in the Cheetahs first half performance. With Daniller covering the back Willie had more freedom in playing his natural game and put the Stormers defence under a lot of pressure. Heinrich Brüssow played a deserving ” Man of the Match” game and his turnover made a 14 point turnaround in the second half which took the game away from the Stormers totally. His presence at the break down point gave the Stormers a lot of problems and his linking between attack and defence was world class.
For the Stormers it was again more a step in the right direction as they played more attacking and gave the ball air so that the backs could get into play. The Stormers is showing signs of were most supporters would like them to be and Jean de Villiers had a great second half. His hand in all the Stormers attack came more into play in the second half and scored his own try as well towards the end.
Cole made a huge difference in the side when he came on in the second half and one had the feeling the Stormers attack was more direct and with purpose suppose to Grants play before that in the game. Grant had a shocker of the game with his kicking and general play and just could not get the Stormers backline away when they struggled to keep up with a ramped Cheetahs side.
It was a great spectacle and great to watch from both sides and Cheetahs just showed that they are more evolved in this kind of open rugby than the Stormers at this stage. Bottom of the log teams this weekend played one of the best rugby as did the Brumbies earlier in the day.
For the Stormers, they can take some heart from their play and build on this for the rest of the season as they are now in a rebuilding phase after a poor start. For the Cheetahs, they should make a run for it now as they showed to themselves that they can play their attacking game and still keep their defence in tact.
Final Score Cheetahs 35 (20) Stormers 22 (10)
Tries – H.Daniller, R.Benjamin, W. Le Roux, C.Hendricks, T. Nyakane
Pen – E.Watts 2
Con – E.Watts 2
Tries – N.Carr. D.Williams, J.De Villiers
Pen – P.Grant
Con – P.Grant,. K.Coleman