Cheetahs down Scarlets
Brenden Nel
December 03, 2017

The Toyota Cheetahs kept on their march towards the Guinness Pro14 playoffs with a workmanlike 28-21 win over the Scarlets in Bloemfontein on Saturday night.

While the Scarlets were missing a number of players on national duty, they weren't overawed and took the game to the Cheetahs throughout.

A brace by winger Craig Barry - his first must be a candidate for try of the season - showed how dangerous the Cheetahs could be on attack and the Maties import had a big night as the home side continued to show they are a tough nut to crack at home.

Scarletts flyhalf Dan Jones opened the scoring in the fourth minute and started a to and fro with Fred Zeilinga, as the two took the scoreline to six apiece before the first try was scored.

Reynier Bernardo stabbed the ball ahead for a chasing William Small-Smith to grubber, and then pick up and score with the home side going into a seven point lead with the touchdown.

Zeilinga extended the lead with another penalty before Scarlets flanker Jamie Davies put in a blustering run just before the break to take them into double figures and go into the sheds just three points behind.

Barry showed his style as he went in and out, out and in for a stunning individual try just on the hour mark, showing a burst of speed that the Scarlets could never really match as he put the home side further in front.

Loan Nicholas showed he didn't lack any speed of his own as he pulled a try back for the visitors with an impressive solo run, but Barry added a second minutes later to seal the match and take the game away from the Welshmen.

Tom Prydie gave the visitors some hope with a late penalty, but it was never to be as the Cheetahs cruised home for another home victory.


Toyota Cheetahs - tries: Craig Barry (2), William Small-Smith. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (2). Penalties: Zeilinga (3).

Scarlets - tries:Conversions: James Davies. Penalties: Dan Jones (2), Tom Prydie.


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