Cheetahs thrash Cavaliers
August 06, 2016

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs turned it on after the break to thrash the Boland Cavaliers 44-16 (halftime 10-9) in the first Currie Cup Premier Division played at Boland Stadium, Wellington, since 2009.

Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga opened the scoring for his Cheetahs side with an early penalty before his crosskick was expertly controlled by centre William Small-Smith, who looked like a PSL player with his fine footwork.

The ball was then given to the dreadlocked winger Sergeal Petersen who went over in the corner.

A superb touchline conversion by Zeilinga saw the visitors lead 10-0 with only a fraction of the match played.

The rest of the half saw Cavaliers fullback Nico Scheepers kick three penalties to narrow the gap to 10-9 at halftime. His final effort was especially spectacular, being 48 metres according to the commentators.

Referee Rodney Bonaparte had allowed the Cavaliers a lot of leeway at the scrum time and especially the very promising Ox Nche was unnecessarily punished.

A few weeks ago the Cavaliers had travelled to Bloemfontein and had beaten a Toyota FS XV 24-17, but this was a much changed Cheetahs outfit.

The visitors, fielding Super Rugby players in the majority of their positions, shrugged of the lethargic first stanza and blew the Cavaliers out of the water.


Raymond Rhule joined fellow winger Petersen on the score sheet before Small-Smith was rewarded for an industrious afternoon.

The introduction of prop Charles Marais saw Nche move to tighthead and the youngster kept ticking boxes, even turning the ball over on occasion.

Scrumhalf Shaun Venter then sold a massive dummy near the home team tryline and wrapped up the bonus point for the visitors.

Danwel Demas, collecting a superb grubber from his flyhalf Adriaan Carelse, then grabbed a consolation score which Scheepers expertly converted.

The final score of the day belong to the Cheetahs captain Francois Venter, who took the ball close to the line and worked hard to score the try.

Zeilinga added the conversion, which saw his personal tally for the afternoon finish on 19 points.

Nche was awarded the title of man of the match and will look to continue his form when his side host the Blue Bulls next Saturday.

The Cavaliers are scheduled to play Eastern Province on Friday and will have to work hard to regroup and refocus before their trip to the Friendly City.

Boland Cavaliers: Try: Danwel Demas; Conversion: Nico Scheepers; Penalties: Scheepers (3).

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: Tries: Sergeal Petersen, Raymond Rhule, William Small-Smith, Shuan Venter, Francois Venter; Conversions: Fred Zeilinga(5); Penalties: Zeilinga (3)