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Cheetahs slump continues

Published 04/04/2015

Christian Lealiifano led the Brumbies to victory.
Christian Lealiifano led the Brumbies to victory.

The Cheetahs' worrying dip in form continued on Saturday as they slumped to a fifth straight Super League loss, going down 20-3 to the Brumbies in Canberra.

After winning their first two games of the season it has been all downhill for the Cheetahs, and they had no answer against a Brumbies side who go top in the Australian conference with the win.

Christian Lealiifano scored a try, kicked two conversions and scored two penalties while Blake Enever also crossed for the hosts. A sole penalty from Joe Pietersen was all the Cheetahs had to show for their efforts.

It took only three minutes for the Brumbies to score the first try, with Lealiifano bouncing off a weak tackle from Pietersen to go over the line.

Scott Sio threatened to add another try just three minutes later but this time the Cheetahs stopped them - and they were back in touch when Pietersen nailed his penalty in the 16th minute.

But Lealiifano answered in kind four minutes later and he added another on the stroke of half-time to give the hosts a 13-3 advantage at the break.

Just as they did at the start, the Brumbies struck early in the second half as they won a line-out and drove over the line for Enever to score four minutes in.

Lealiifano kicked the conversion, but with the result pretty much settled the game soon became subdued.

The Cheetahs had the best of the final 10 minutes, but never really threatened to score, and must go back to the drawing board as they head to Perth next to face the Force.

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