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Super Rugby Round 8 Review: Toyota Cheetahs 43 - 43 Chiefs

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The Toyota Cheetahs were left gutted at the Free State Stadium as they squandered a dream start to their match against the defending champions, which saw them secure their bonus point try before the break, but were denied their first victory ever against the Chiefs by a last-minute try.

The Toyota Cheetahs were in fine form in the first half as they scored their first two tries in the opening 15 minutes thanks to Sarel Pretorius and Rayno Benjamin. Pretorius added his second try later in the half and three minutes later Boom Prinsloo secured the bonus-point try, while Chiefs scrumhalf Augustine Pulu scored a try for the visitors.

The Chiefs, however, found their rhythm after the break and showed their class on attack by scoring an impressive five tries – the last of which was in the dying seconds - thanks to their effective passing and support play. For the second week in a row the team was two points behind on the scoreboard in the final play of the match and slotted over the kick to secure a draw. The team drew 34-34 against the Vodacom Bulls last week at Loftus Versfeld.

The draw marked the third time the teams finish level on the scoreboard in their eight matches up to now, and interestingly all three were by more than 20 points. Unfortunately for the hosts, the result extended their winless streak against the Chiefs, as they have never beaten the Chiefs since their entry into Vodacom Super Rugby in 2006.

Scorers:

Toyota Cheetahs – Tries: Boom Prinsloo, Rayno Benjamin, Sarel Pretorius (2). Conversions: Johan Goosen (4). Penalty goals: Johan Goosen (5).

Chiefs – Tries: Asaeli Tikoirotuma (2), Augustine Pulu (2), Tim Nanai-Williams (2).  Conversions: Aaron Cruden (5). Penalty goal: Aaron Cruden.