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The kicking of Joe Pietersen helped the Cheetahs to a 24-15 Super Rugby win over the struggling Western Force in Perth.

Pietersen kicked three penalties, a drop goal and a conversion as the visitors fought back from 10-8 down at half-time to claim victory over a Force side with just one win all season.

The game was hailed as Western Force's 10th anniversary match, but it was the visitors who were on the board first when wing Raymond Rhule went into the corner in the fifth minute.

Pietersen missed the conversion and nine minutes later the home side were level when Luke Morahan flew into the corner after he was played in by Dane Haylett-Petty.

Luke Burton kicked he conversion and although Pietersen found the target with a penalty, Burton added another three points to put his side 10-8 ahead at half-time.

And the Force made the ideal start to the second half when replacement Chris Alcock crossed the whitewash off the back of a rolling maul.

Burton missed the conversion and a penalty then a drop goal by Pietersen brought the Cheetahs to just one behind.

Momentum was with the away side and Heinrich Brussow crashed over the tryline in the 66th minute, with Pietersen adding the extras to put the Cheetahs 21-15 ahead.

Western Force needed a response but Pietersen kicked a penalty with four minutes left to seal the win.

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