Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
7 Apr 2014
9:39 am

Strauss gives Chiefs credit

Rudolph Jacobs

To settle for a draw from the last movement of the game was a bitter pill to swallow for Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss at the weekend in Bloemfontein.

FILE PICTURE: Adriaan Strauss of South Africa during the 2013 Castle Lager Rugby Championship South Africa captains run at Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa on September 27, 2013©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

The clock read 83 minutes when Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams dived over under the Cheetahs’ posts to force a 43-43 Super Rugby draw against all odds.

After a commanding 34-10 lead at the break during which the Cheetahs played some breath-taking rugby to score their bonus-point try two minutes before the break, the game slipped away from them in the second half.

“At the end of the game we got in their half, only to allow them back from the last movement of the game when they turned over possession,” said Strauss.

“It was hugely disappointing, but credit must go to the Chiefs.”

Two tries by Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, centre Rayno Benjamin and a rolling maul try by flanker Boom Prinsloo, saw the Cheetahs build up a comfortable lead in the first half.

Three tries in space of seven minutes by Nanai-Williams and Isaeli Tikoiratuma (two) however saw the scoreline narrowing from 37-17 to just 37-36.

Earlier scrumhalf August Pulu scored their first two tries in the 27th and 52nd minutes.

Chiefs skipper Aaron Cruden paid credit to the Cheetahs while lauding his team for their never-say-die attitude.

“The Cheetahs played really well in the first half,” said Cruden.

“We talked about the whole 80 after Loftus, but we really didn’t play in that first 40. It’s however hugely positive to come away with two draws and six points from two matches in South Africa,” he said.