Cheetah captain Ruan Pienaar opposes the Sharks. (Photo: Johan Pretorius / Gallo Images)
The Cheetahs they made nine wins out of nine when they defeated the Sharks 44-15 on Saturday in the Currie Cup match in Bloemfontein.
The cheetahs ran for six attempts for two as they defeated their Durban opponents in all departments.
HOW IT HAPPENED Cheetahs against sharks
The home team secured a bonus point for trying at half-time, and even though they took their feet off the cradle in the second verse, there was never any doubt about the result.
Their cheetahs were usually enterprising when they chased sharks several times. They also headed the standards and physically dominated the Sharks.
The home team’s half-defenders, Ruan Pienaar and Siya Masuku, controlled the game well after getting enough ball forward from their package. The winger Rosko Specman was also ubiquitous and caused the Sharks all sorts of problems.
The cheetahs briefly moved to first place in the Currie Cup standings thanks to winning bonus points before the Bulls returned after a 43-37 win over the Lions in Pretoria later in the day. However, the cheetahs have a game on the Bulls.
The Sharks, meanwhile, suffered their fourth loss of the season and remain third with 24 points.
Cheetahs 44 (24)
Experiments: Victor Sekekete, Marnus van der Merwe, Cohen Jasper, Andisa Ntsila, Mihlali Mosi, Louis van der Westhuizen
Conversion: Ruan Pienaar (3), Siya Masuku
Penalties: Pienaar, Masuku
Sharks 15 (10)
Experiments: Cameron Wright, Dan Jooste
Conversion: Boeta Chamberlain
15 Cohen Jasper, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Siya Masuku, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Aidon Davis, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16 Cameron Dawson, 17 Louis van der Westhuizen, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Ockie Barnard, 20 Jeandre Rudolph, 21 Rewan Kruger, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Chris Smit
15 Nevaldo Fleurs, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Jeremy Ward (captain), 12 Murray Koster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Mpilo Gumede, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Dylan Andrew Richardson, 5 Emile Hyron Heerden, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Khwezi Mona
Substitutes: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Blaine Golden, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Nick Hatton, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Tito Bonilla, 23 Ethan Fisher