BLOEMFONTEIN – The Cheetahs suffered their sixth defeat in this season’s Pro14 rugby competition when they were narrowly beaten 30-26 by Munster at the Toyota Stadium on Sunday.
The home side had enough opportunities to put points on the board in the first half, but handling errors, good defending by the visitors and sloppy play kept the Cheetahs on the back foot.
Munster took the lead in the 10th minute when flyhalf Bill Johnson slotted over a penalty (3-0). Leftwing Rabz Maxwane had two outstanding chances to score tries for Franco Smith’s team, but he wasted both opportunities.
The Irish team increased their lead in the 15th minute after South African eighthman Arno Botha barged over. Johnston missed the conversion (8-0).
The Cheetahs continued piling on the pressure, with flanker Junior Pokomela in the thick of things. Munster, however, stood firm and repelled the home side’s attacks with great success.