The Cheetahs miserable season continued on Saturday as the Western Force beat them 23-16 in Bloemfontein.
Jayden Hayward and Nick Cummins both crossed for the Force, with Sias Ebersohn booting 13 points as they moved up to second in the Australian standings.
Boom Prinsloo went over for the Cheetahs as Johan Goosen kicked 11 points to hand them a bonus point, but they slipped to a ninth defeat in 12 games this season.
Ebersohn booted the Force into the lead and Goosen missed his first chance to level things up before nailing his second attempt.
Ebersohn then kicked the Force back into the lead and just two minutes later they had the opening try through Hayward.
Matt Hodgson snaffled possession and went on a storming run before the ball found its way through three pairs of hands and out to Hayward who went over. Ebersohn added the extras.
The fly-half soon extended the lead with another penalty, but Goosen responded with one of his own to make it 16-6 at half-time.
Hodgson was sent to the sin-bin for slapping the ball out of Sarel Pretorius' hands and the Cheetahs kicked for the corner in search of a score.
And they found it as Prinsloo barged over from the resulting lineout with the TMO awarding the score.
Goosen converted to cut the gap to three, but it was not long before the Force had their second try of the afternoon as the ball moved through several phases and eventually found its way to Cummins, who ran in.
Ebersohn nailed the conversion with a little help from both uprights before another Goosen penalty kept the Cheetahs within a single score.
Coenie Oosthuizen thought he had a try as the game entered the last 10 minutes, but the TMO ruled that the ball had come up just short of the line.
And, while the Cheetahs applied some late pressure, the visitors held out for victory.