The Toyota Cheetahs snatched a victory in the dying seconds of their Vodacom Super Rugby warm-up encounter against the DHL Stormers on Saturday, beating the visitors 27-26 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
Replacement back Hansie Graaff kicked a 55-metre penalty after the hooter sounded to give the Cheetahs a much needed victory in the warm up to their Super Rugby campaign. The Stormers will feel devastated after they were in control for much of the game, reports supersport.com.
Graaff got an opportunity after the final whistle to give his side the victory, and he kicked the penalty with ease.
Cheetahs: Tries: Sarel Pretorius, Frans Viljoen, Rocco Jansen Conversions: Elgar Watts (3). Penalties: Riaan Smit, Hansie Graaff.
Stormers: Tries: Nizaam Carr (2), Damian de Allende Conversions: Coleman Penalties: Kurt Coleman (3).
•In Soweto, the Vodacom Bulls edged out the MTN Lions to win the Gauteng Challenge Cup.
IRB Junior Player of the year Jan Serfontein signaled his arrival as a senior as he starred in the 38-32 pre-season win.
While pre-season games are hardly ever remembered for the result, the Bulls youngsters would have taken a lot of confidence out of the result against the Lions, who to their credit never gave up and pushed the Bulls right to the end.
Yet, among the flurry of talent that stood out in Soweto, there was none more impressive than young Serfontein. Already a rising star at junior level, the biggest question was always whether or not he would be ready to take on Super Rugby at the tender age of 19.
The Lions were more than competitive, and with captain JC Janse van Rensburg ruling the scrums, the duo of Derick Minnie and Jaco Kriel were busy in the loose, while Anthony Volminck and Andries Coetzee would be very at home at Super Rugby level.
Both sides showed an unbelievable amount of intent in the match, looking for opportunities at all times, but both also showed how much work they have to do in the future.