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Cheetahs claim first win in Sydney

  
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19/03/2011
By Waratahs Rugby Media Unit


 

The HSBC Waratahs have suffered their second straight loss after going down to the Cheetahs 23-3 at the Sydney Football Stadium tonight.
The Cheetahs scored the only two tries of the match in the second half, the final one sealing the game for the visitors who never trailed throughout the 80 minutes.
It was the Cheetahs first ever Super Rugby victory in Sydney and their first win in 2011.
The Tahs started well in the opening exchanges and were camped in Cheetahs’ territory but were unable to come away with points despite turning down penalty opportunities from close range. Eventually it was the Cheetahs who hit the scoreboard first with through a Sias Ebersohn penalty in the 16th minute.
Kurtley Beale levelled the scores at 3-all in the 30th minute, however Ebersohn hit back almost immediately to send the Cheetahs to the sheds with a 6-3 lead.
The Cheetahs No.10 doubled the lead five minutes into the second forty with his third penalty of the match before the Bloemfontein-based side countered to score the opening try of the match.
A cross-field kick by the HSBC Waratahs resulted in a contest for the high ball, however when the Cheetahs game up with possession they broke out from inside their own 22. An offload released Sarel Pretorius down the right flank before the utility linked with Phillip Snyman who was sent on a clear run to the line.
Ebersohn’s conversion opened up a 16-3 lead going into the final quarter of the match.
Try as they may, greasy conditions resulted in repeated handling errors for the Tahs which cruelled their chances of coming back into the match.
With an outside chance of victory or a bonus point still in the wings coming down the stretch, the Cheetahs closed out the match in the 78th minute when Pretorius dived over from short range.
Ebersohn converted for a personal haul of 13-points which went a long way to earning the playmaker man of the match honours.
The HSBC Waratahs will regroup on Monday to prepare for next Saturday’s clash with the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
Cheetahs 23 (Phillip Snyman, Sarel Pretorius tries; Sias Ebersohn 3 pens, 2 cons) d HSBC Waratahs 3 (Kurtley Beale pen) at Sydney Football Stadium. Half-time: Cheetahs 6-3. Referee: Nathan Pearce (AUS). Crowd: 15,849.
By the clock
16th – Sias Ebersohn penalty goal. Cheetahs 3-0
30th – Kurtley Beale penalty goal. 3-all
32nd – Sias Ebersohn penalty goal. Cheetahs 6-3
42nd – Riaan Viljoen missed penalty attempt
45th – Sias Ebersohn penalty goal. Cheetahs 9-3
61st – Phillip Snyman try; Sias Ebersohn conversion. Cheetahs 16-3
78th – Sarel Pretorius try; Sias Ebersohn conversion. Cheetahs 23-3