Cheetahs Secure Home Semi-final Next Weekend

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The Toyota Free State Cheetahs secured a win (51-30) and home Currie Cup final after they scored three unanswered tries in the last ten minutes against the current champions, the Cell C Sharks.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace with the Cell C Sharks looking the better on the attack. However, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs kept in contact on the scoreboard thanks to some silly penalties conceded by the Cell C Sharks. With seven minutes to go the Cell C Sharks, held a slender lead of 12-11. However, brilliant play on the attack by the Sharks saw them at that stage outscoring the Toyota Free State Cheetahs two tries to one. The Cell C Sharks scored on the stroke of halftime to lead deservedly 20-11.

The home team levelled the score after two tries in the second half at 23-23 with 20 minutes to go. Then a ding dong battle started until the Toyota Free State Cheetahs scored three unanswered tries in the last 10 minutes to secure a win (51-30), and a home final next weekend against the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein

Scorers:
Cheetahs: Tries: Pokomela (2), Small-Smith, Pienaar, Dweba, Nche, Wiese. Conversions: Schoeman, Pienaar (4). Penalties: Schoeman (2)
Sharks: Tries: Bosch, Nohamba, Mvovo, Bosch. Conversions: Bosch (2). Penalties: Bosch (2).