Chee­tahs fall prey to ram­pant Reds

CityPress - - Sport -

The Reds put in a strong se­cond-half per­for­mance to beat the Chee­tahs 30-17 in their Vo­da­com Su­per Rugby clash in Bris­bane yes­ter­day.

The teams were dead­locked at 10-all at half-time.

The Reds scored three tries through Cur­tis Brown­ing and scrum half Nick Frisby.

Fly half Jake McIn­tyre con­verted all three five-point­ers and added three penal­ties.

The Chee­tahs replied with tries by flank Uzair Cassiem and wing Ray­mond Rhule. Fred Zeilinga added both con­ver­sions and a penalty.

While the Reds were re­duced to 14 men on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the Chee­tahs are likely to be on the re­ceiv­ing end of a post­match cit­ing af­ter a swing­ing arm by flank Paul Schoe­man to the head of Reds loose for­ward Hen­drik Tui went un­pun­ished.

The Reds picked up four points for their vic­tory, but stayed fourth in the Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence and ninth in the Aus­tralasian Group.

The Chee­tahs left empty-handed, but re­main third in the Africa Con­fer­ence 1 and fifth in the South African Group.

Mean­while, the Vo­da­com Bulls broke a four-year drought in Aus­tralia by beat­ing the West­ern Force 42-20 in sparkling fash­ion in their Su­per Rugby match in Perth on Fri­day.

The Bulls won for the first time in three years in the An­tipodes, their last win com­ing against the Blues in 2013, and be­fore that they won in 2012 against the Waratahs.

But while those records are some­thing from a more glo­ri­ous past, this Bulls side pro­duced a per­for­mance wor­thy of tak­ing note of, scor­ing five tries to two away from home and lay­ing down a marker for the rest of their Aus­tralian tour.

With the win, they pulled level with their con­fer­ence ri­vals, the DHL Storm­ers, al­though the Storm­ers will play one game ex­tra against the Waratahs on Satur­day.

How­ever, it brings into ques­tion the strength of the Aus­tralian con­fer­ence, since their top side has a neg­a­tive points dif­fer­ence at the mo­ment and the Force haven’t won any of their past five games.

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