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Blues thrash Cheetahs in Auckland

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The Blues thumbed the Cheetahs with 8 tries to 4 on Friday when they beat them 50-32.

The game started as expected with both teams willing to run with the ball and socre tries. It was the Cheetahs that got the first through Francois Venter and a lead of 5-0.

It took the Blues not long to get over for their first try and took the lead from the Cheetahs 7-5.

It seems to have been changing scoreboards in the first twenty minutes as the Cheetahs got their second from a perfect drive from the lineout just for the Blues to take the lead back with their second try 14-12.

Defence again letting the Cheetahs down in both the Blues tries.

Cheetahs were evertime putting themselves under pressure when the Blues had ball in hand through bad defence. Cheetahs catch-up and adjusting tacklers not in synch at all. The Cheetahs continually made wrong decisions, not trusting each other in defence.

The Blues scored another try just before halftime with the Cheetahs kicking over two penalties to make the halftime score 24-18.

The Second half was not a good one for the Cheetahs fans again with the Blues scoring tries at will and quickly moved their score to 45-25 after 60 min of the game.

The Cheetahs did manage to score a try of their own in this period but it almost felt that they have given up again with poor defensive effort all around.

The Blues kept defending well keeping the Cheetahs out and score another try to make it 50-25 with 10 minutes to go.

The Cheetahs could score one more try in the 77 minute to get their score tally up to 32 points.

At the end a very disappointing outing for the Cheetahs and another great win for the Blues.

Scorers:

Blues 50 (24)

Tries: Rieko Ioane (2), Scott Scrafton, Akira Ioane, Patrick Tuipulotu, Steven Luatua, Augustine Pulu, Melani Nanai

Conversions: Piers Francis (2), Ihaia West (3)

Cheetahs 32 (18)

Tries: Francois Venter, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Elandre Huggett (2)

Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (3)

Penalties: Zeilinga (2)

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  1. Memory fails…
    But if I gave back the moniker of “Generalissimo ” to Franco –
    It is now withdrawn.
    I’m all for the abandonment of defense in the festival knownas ” Super Rugby ” but you gotta score more points than the other team SOMETIMES.
    Further evidence that SARU needs to disband the chronic disease state known as ZeeBulls & consolidate all in Cheetahs.
    SA Rugby must rid itself of the millstone that is ZeeBulls for the magic to commence again.

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