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Makazole Mapimpi © Getty Images

Cheetahs demolish Edinburgh



The Toyota Cheetahs marched on in their quest for a playoff place in the Guinness PrChampionship as they demolished a tough Edinburgh side 33-13 in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

The Cheetahs led 14-0 at the break, and then turned up the power through an exceptional scrumming and forward performance in the second half to outmuscle and bully the Scottish side into submission as they piled on the points.

It underlined just how good the Cheetahs are at home and how they will need to accumulate as many points as possible to see an extended home run before the playoffs come around next year.

Still, the way they took on one of the stronger sides in the competition speaks volumes about the confidence of the Cheetahs and in particular their pack on their home ground and several sides would have stepped up and taken notice of the performance on Friday night.

In particular the one standout was Junior Pokomela – who made Edinburgh’s breakdown a nightmare as he stole ball after ball and disrupted their flow while the rest of his forwards were spurred on.

Add to that the impressive second half scrumming performance when the reserve front row made their appearance on the field, and it was the tipping point to ensure the Cheetahs simply pulled away from Edinburgh and left them with dust in their eyes as the home team took control.

In contrast the nearest Edinburgh came was a brief patch at the start of the second half when they pulled back from 14-0 to 14-13 – with all the points coming through their halfback Sam Hildago-Clyne before the Cheetahs took control of the match once again and powered away.

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MISTAKES AND PENALTIES

The first half was littered with mistakes and penalties on both sides, but it was the Cheetahs who held their nerve and cleverly exploited the open space, first as Clayton Blommetjies stabbed through a grubber that sat up perfectly for debutant Craig Barry to score his first try in the competition and then when a beautiful switch from Shaun Venter let Blommetjies ghost through a gap in the midfield, William Small-Smith was on hand to send a long range loop pass to the wing where lock Reynier Bernardo ran the ball in to score. Two tough sideline conversions were slotted beautifully by Fred Zeilinga to put the home side 14-0 up.

After the break the Cheetahs discipline lacked under pressure in the opening stanza of the second half, with Hildago-Clyne grabbing a penalty before finding some space from the back of a scrum five metres out to go over untouched to score the Scots only try of the match. Another penalty later and the visitors were within touching distance of the Cheetahs.

But then a monster scrum from five metres out demolished the Edinburgh scrum and literally shunted them over the line, allowing the loose forward to collect a well-deserved try in the match.

By the time that Makazole Mapimpi scored with six minutes to go, it was game over for Edinburgh as the Cheetahs forwards were bullying them at will, and when Tian Meyer grabbed a late try off an Ox Nche turnover it was a big win for the home side and moved them into third place behind Glasgow and Munster in their pool.

Scorers

Toyota Cheetahs – tries: Craig Barry, Reynier Bernardo, Junior Pokomela, Makazole Mapimpi, Tian Meyer. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (4).

Edinburgh – try: Sam Hildago-Clyne. Conversion: Hildago-Clyne. Penalties: Hildago-Clyne (2)



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