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There were tries aplenty at the Free State Stadium but also a nail-biting finish between the Toyota Cheetahs and the Waratahs, as they slugged it out in a classic Vodacom Super Rugby clash, with the hosts edging out their New South Wales opponents 35-34 on Saturday.
The home team conceded four tries but scored five in a match where fortunes fluctuated between tries due to poor defence, intercepts, stunning individual skills and great team play.
The home side conceded two tries in the opening six minutes, but scored three in reply before the visitors again struck back with a brace just before the break to secure a comfortable 31-21 lead at the end of the first half.
One of the highlights of the first 40 minutes was when Toyota Cheetahs skipper Adriaan Strauss intercepted on the halfway line and outstripped the cover defence to score in the corner.
A great team try by WP Nel edged the Toyota Cheetahs closer before a brilliant individual effort by Willie le Roux and a successful conversion by Sias Ebersohn gave the home side a deserving margin and a win at home.
Toyota Cheetahs â€“ Tries: Piet van Zyl, Willie le Roux (2), Adriaan Strauss, WP Nel. Conversions: Riaan Smit (4), Sias Ebersohn.
Waratahs â€“ Tries: David Dennis, Sitaleki Timani (2), Rob Horne. Conversions: Brendan McKibbin (4). Penalty goals: McKibbin (2).
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