Torsten van Jaarsveld and Makazole Mapimpi both scored two tries as the Toyota Cheetahs earned their third straight Guinness PRO14 win with victory over Ospreys.
The hosts raced into a 15-0 lead only for Rhys Webb and Kieron Fonotia scores to bring the Ospreys back into the game before Mapimpi had the Cheetahs ahead at the break.
Paul Schoeman gave the Cheetahs’ their try bonus point before Mapimpi made sure of the result with his fifth score of the Guinness PRO14 season.
Dan Evans’ score hinted at a second Ospreys comeback but Francois Venter added further gloss to the Cheetahs win.
Hooker van Jaarsveld opened the scoring for the Cheetahs as he went over from the back of a driving maul before Ernst Stapelberg extended their advantage with a penalty.
And the hosts were 15-0 ahead after an excellent team try which started in their own 22 and ended with van Jaarsveld going over for his fifth try of the campaign.
Francois Venter collected a long clearance kick and launched a counter attack which saw Mapimpi burst through and van Jaarsveld was in the perfect place to finish off a fine team score.
Then came the Ospreys comeback as Webb threw a dummy and sniped successfully at the side of a ruck for his first try of the season.
Biggar converted and set up Fonotia soon after with a delicate grubber which the replacement managed to dot down to bring the score to 15-14.
The Wales fly-half pushed the Ospreys ahead with a penalty but the Cheetahs were 22-17 to the good at the break as Makazole Mapimpi crossed for his fourth score of the campaign.
Biggar and Stapelberg exchanged penalties early in the second half before another decisive driving maul gave the Cheetahs their try bonus point.
Paul Schoeman was the man who made the final pick and go from close range to give the hosts a 32-20 lead as the hour mark approached.
And while Van Jaarsveld was in the sin bin, Mapimpi beat Keelan Giles to collect an excellently placed box kick from scrum-half Tian Meyer and score the Cheetah’s fifth try.
Dan Evans snuck over in the corner to make the score 37-25 and with Ospreys pushing for two bonus points, Venter was able to intercept and add further gloss to the scoreline.
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