26 Feb 2011

Bulls come from behind to tame unlucky Cheetahs

12:26 pm on 26 February 2011

The Bulls first five Morne Steyn kicked the winning conversion two minutes from time to complete a thrilling 25-23 win over the Cheetahs in an all-South African Super rugby match in Bloemfontein.

The defending champions looked down and out when they trailed 23-8 going into the final quarter, but two late tries by two of their most experienced players, Danie Rossouw and Fourie du Preez, turned the tide against their inexperienced opponents.

Du Preez' five-pointer tied the match in the 78th minute, leaving Steyn the chance to administer the last rites with his trusted right boot and the Springbok number 10 made no mistake.

The Cheetahs, who lost their opening match against the Sharks last week, were dealt a blow when their inspirational captain Juan Smith left the field in the second minute with a knee injury.