Fiji Time: 7:47 PM on Saturday 25 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Second half rally helps Chiefs draw with Cheetahs

Afp
Monday, April 07, 2014

WELLINGTON - The Chiefs conducted their second South African Super Rugby escape act in the space of a week to draw 43-43 with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

In a game baring remarkable similarities to last weekend's 34-34 draw with the Bulls, the Chiefs once again launched an enormous comeback - from 24 points down - and levelled after the final hooter.

This time it was wing Tim Nanai-Williams who scored their sixth and final try, dancing past two defenders in the 82nd minute to score under the crossbar.

First five-eighth Aaron Cruden, as he did at Pretoria last week, slotted the conversion to once again earn his team three competition points.

It means the Chiefs end their three-match tour winless, including a loss to the Western Force in Perth, but the six points secured in South Africa could prove important as they pursue a third successive Super Rugby title.

The Cheetahs, winless in their previous six games, looked set to end their drought when leading 34-10 at halftime.

Inspired by the running of halfback Sarel Pretorius, who scored two tries, they played with speed and power which defied their last placing. The other tries went to wing Rayno Benjamin and flanker Boom Prinsloo.

The Chiefs' only first-half try was scored by halfback Augustine Pulu, who grabbed his second in the 52nd minute to spark a five-try surge over the last half-hour.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Siblings in shock
  2. Farewell Duke
  3. Koroi ready to help Fijian scrum during Europe tour
  4. In the dark
  5. Forum lifts Fiji ban
  6. Taskforce rakes in $500k in rent arrears
  7. Group of companies hold inaugural Pinktober celebrations
  8. Separating fact from myth
  9. Inglis salutes new Kangaroos X-factor
  10. Relief for farmers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  2. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  3. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  4. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  5. Kepa's not weak Friday (24 Oct)
  6. Full pay while on leave Friday (24 Oct)
  7. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  8. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)
  9. Ryan's fight to help 7s Friday (24 Oct)
  10. $11.9m in arrears Wednesday (22 Oct)