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Cheetahs beat Rebels in Melbourne

Article Published: Saturday 17 March 2012

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This match is the first Super Rugby match of the year to be played on a Sunday for 2012 and is the first time that the two teams have met at this venue.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off
The match is underway.
2.00: The Cheetahs get the perfect start as they attack the Rebels and spread the ball wide to Willie le Roux who scores. TRY!
3.00: Johan Goosen adds the conversion.
7.00: The Rebels hit straight back as they work the ball into the Cheetahs 25. They get the maul going after a line out and Adam Freier scores. TRY!
8.00: James O'Connor adds the conversion.
10.00: The Rebels pass the ball after the restart and Willie le Roux gets an intercept pass and races away to score. TRY!
11.00: Johan Goosen adds the conversion.
16.00: The Cheetahs enjoy some good territorial play and it yields a penalty. Goosen takes the kick and nails it.
20.00: Another penalty to the Cheetahs so Goosen lines up but misses it.
22.00: Yet another penalty for the Cheetahs so Goosen takes the kick. He nails this one.
29.00: The Rebels attack but Le Roux goes for the intercept. He knocks the ball down so is shown a yellow card. (Score is 7-20) O'Connor takes the penalty kick and nails it.
36.00: The Rebels are trying to attack but the Cheetahs who are down to 14 men are showing some good defence.
38.00: Cheetahs back to 15 players so that only cost them three points.
40.00: The siren sounds for half time but we have time for a scrum. The Rebels win the scrum and attack. The ball is eventually booted out. That's it half time.
The half time score is Rebels 10 Cheetahs 20
The second half is underway.
42.00: The Rebels make a strong start to the second half. The reward from the pressure is a penalty. James O'Connor takes the kick and nails it.
45.00: The Rebels have turned up the heat for the second half. They are all over the Cheetahs but the visitors defend.
48.00: The pressure finally pays off for the Rebels as James O'Connor finds a gap and scores. TRY!
49.00: O'Connor takes the conversion and nails it.
51.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. Goosen takes the kick but misses.
53.00: Another penalty for the Cheetahs. Goosen nails this one.
57.00: Penalty to the Rebels. James O'Connor will take the kick from about 46 m out. O'Connor misses.
60.00: The Rebels are putting the Cheetahs defence under pressure. The Cheetahs concede a penalty and get a team warning. James O'Connor takes the kick and slots it. The scores are level.
63.00: Willie le Roux kicks the ball out into the stands in frustration after he put a foot in touch. The act is a penalty and the ref awards it. O'Connor adds the penalty and the Rebels lead for the first time.
66.00: The Cheetahs come close to scoring but the Rebels give away a penalty. Goosen takes the kick and nails it to level the scores.
70.00: The Rebels look very happy to run the ball at the Cheetahs. The game is being played in the Cheetahs half.
73.00: The Cheetahs attack and Goosen creates a break - the Cheetahs look like they are away but the ball is knocked forward and the Rebels get out of jail.
76.00: Ashley Johnson concedes a penalty for holding on to the ball. We have a break as Cheetahs player Coenie Oosthuizen is down injured. He is helped off the field.
78.00: The Rebels keep the Cheetahs under attack for a solid two minutes but they are pushed into touch.
79.00: The Cheetahs are trying to run the ball from their 25. They get a break but the secondary defence kicks they have to keep going from deep.
80.00: The siren sounds and the Cheetahs have the ball. The Cheetahs get a break after Ashley Johnson gets a pass away for Piet van Zyl who scores in the corner to win the match.
82.00:Johan Goosen takes the conversion kick and nails it. Thats it.
The full time score is Rebels 26 (10) Cheetahs 33 (20)

Tries - A Freier, J O'Connor
Pen - J O'Connor 4
Con - J O'Connor 2
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -W. Le Roux 2, P.Van Zyl
Pen - J Goosen 4
Con - J Goosen 3
Drop -
Cards - W Le Roux (29th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Steve Leszczynski



1. Nic Henderson ,2 Adam Freier ,3. Laurie Weeks, , 4. Luke Jones, , 5. Hugh Pyle (vc) , 6. Tim Davidson, 7. Tom Chamberlain, 8. Gareth Delve (c),9. Richard Kingi, , 10. James O'Connor, , 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Lloyd Johansson, 13. Mark Gerrard, 14. - Lachlan Mitchell, 15. - Julian Huxley

Replacements : 16. Ged Robinson 17. Rodney Blake 18. Alister Campbell 19. Jarrod Saffy 20. Nick Phipps 21. Danny Cipriani 22. James Hilgendorf


Hennie Daniller, Cameron Jacobs, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Johan Goosen, Tewis de Bruyn, Philip van der Walt, Davon Raubenheimer, Heinrich Brussow, Izak van der Westhuizen, George Earle, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Justin Downey, Ashley Johnson, Piet van Zyl, Sias Ebersohn, Rayno Benjamin.

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