Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Goosen inspires Cheetahs triumph

Johan Goosen kicked five penalty goals and converted all three tries as the Cheetahs beat the Highlanders
Johan Goosen kicked five penalty goals and converted all three tries as the Cheetahs beat the Highlanders

Johan Goosen gave a perfect kicking display as the Cheetahs staged a stunning reversal of form to beat the Highlanders 36-19 in the Super 15 in Invercargill.

Goosen kicked five penalty goals and converted all three tries as the Cheetahs completed a major upset over the much-fancied Highlanders.

The Cheetahs, coming off a 45-3 beating by the Chiefs, were unrecognisable from the team of last week as they played outstanding rugby and had the game nailed by halftime when they led 30-7. Only wing Kade Poki and fullback Ben Smith made much of an impression in a Highlanders' side which is still seeking a first win of the campaign.

The Brumbies' comprehensive 35-6 bonus-point win against a disappointing Waratahs side at Canberra Stadium has been soured by a potentially serious knee injury to star flanker David Pocock.

On a night when the Brumbies' faithful were out in force to welcome back old favourite George Smith on a three-month loan from Japan, the locals were left silent in the 13th minute when superstar Pocock was carried off the field after damaging his knee in a rather innocuous collision with Waratahs' centre Adam Ashley-Cooper.

It is feared Pocock has damaged his ACL, putting the rest of his Super Rugby campaign - and his involvement in playing against the British and Irish Lions - in serious doubt.

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