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Cheetahs complete season with big victory over Bulls

Reuters, PRETORIA and Durban, South Africa

The Cheetahs belied their lowly position in the Super Rugby standings to sign off their season with a 42-29 victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

A six-try haul for the visitors, four of them in a rampant first-half performance, helped the Cheetahs to only their fifth win of the season, but it was not enough to lift them off bottom place in the South African conference.

The Bulls, looking for a victorious end to their own disappointing campaign, got off to a quick start as fullback Jesse Kriel scored in the fifth minute, but by halftime, the Cheetahs were 28-10 ahead after tries from Niell Jordaan, Henco Venter, Clayton Blommetjies and departing scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who is to join Welsh club the Newport Dragons.

Veteran lock Steven Sykes extended the lead after the break before the Cheetahs, who had lost their four previous matches, began to tire and the Bulls scored tries through Springboks Francois Hougaard (two) and Pierre Spies.

However, a Rayno Benjamin try six minutes from the end for the Cheetahs stifled any hopes of a dramatic home comeback.

SHARKS 34, STORMERS 12

The Sharks scored five unanswered tries to beat a second-string Stormers outfit 34-12 in the last match of the regular Super Rugby season at Kings’ Park Rugby Stadium on Saturday.

Flyhalf Lionel Cronje went over for the opening try and added seven more points with the boot as the Sharks said goodbye to several long-serving players heading to clubs in Europe.

Hooker Bismarck du Plessis, bound for France, scored a farewell try in his final appearance.

There were also tries for Stefan Ungerer, Lwazi Mvovo and Odwa Ndungane, while Kurt Coleman kicked four penalties for the Stormers, who are already through to next week’s playoffs and rested 14 of their first-choice players ahead of their match in Cape Town on Saturday against the Brumbies.

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