Ospreys put seven tries past Cheetahs
Brenden Nel
September 08, 2018

The Toyota Cheetahs poor start to this year’s Guinness Pro14 continued on Saturday night as they went down 46-14 to a Ospreys team that simply got stronger as the game went on.

The Cheetahs were hoping for an improved performance after their opening 38-0 loss to Munster but after losing captain Oupa Mohoje in the week the odds were stacked against them against a side that fielded several Welsh internationals.

Still, the Cheetahs looked good early on, even though they were down 7-0 early as a lineout move was crafted cleverly by the home side for Justin Tipuric to slip an inside pass to Alun Wynn-Jones to gallop over for the opening score.

Jasper Wiese was on the back of a rolling maul later that rumbled over the line to get the scores back level, but it was the last time the Cheetahs were in the game as the Ospreys slowly took control and never looked back.

After conceding six tries in their opening fixture the Cheetahs were to concede seven in this one, several of them in the last 20 minutes when the Ospreys were totally in control.

But when the scores were level a burst through the midfield by Welsh winger George North flat-footed the defence and was unlucky not to score, with hooker Scott Otten finishing off the move in style.

North added a try shortly afterwards just before the halftime break and Sam Davies had a late penalty to balloon the lead to 22-7 at the break.

Things didn’t get better in the second half for the Cheetahs though, as the Ospreys drive started to take control, with Alex Jeffries going over to secure the bonus point.

Rabs Maxwane scored an individual try of beauty to put the Cheetahs into double figures, but it didn’t change the course of the game for the better.

Jones got his second off a lineout drive and Tipuric claimed a brace that put the win beyond doubt and very close to the fifty mark for the home side.

While the Cheetahs will feel more confident at home this year, unless they find an answer to stopping lineout drives and play with more composure it could be a long season ahead for the young team.


Ospreys – Tries: Alun Wyn Jones (2), Scott Otten, George North, Alex Jeffries, Justin Tipuric (2). Conversions: Sam Davies (4). Penalty: Davies.

Cheetahs – Tries: Jasper Wiese, Rabz Maxwane (2). Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2)