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Surprise win for Cheetahs

The Cheetahs moved off the bottom of the Super Rugby table with a surprise 27-20 win over the third-placed Sharks in Bloemfontein.

Tries from Torsten van Jaarsveld, Philip van der Walt and Lood de Jager set up victory for the home side, while Johan Goosen kicked 12 points.

For the Sharks, it was a second successive defeat and dented their hopes of a home play-off semi-final.

Goosen opened the scoring with a penalty before converting after Van Jaarsveld dived over off the back of a driving maul.

But the Sharks responded in kind with a Tim Sweil penalty and a try from scrum-half Cobus Reinach, breaking away following a lineout.

Sweil converted and gave his side the lead with a second penalty but Van der Walt's converted score gave the Cheetahs a 17-13 half-time lead.

They moved 11 points clear as lock De Jager touched down and Goosen again converted, and his second penalty left the Sharks needing two converted tries to level the scores.

They managed one, courtesy of replacement hooker Bismarck du Plessis, but another substitute was denied on the hooter.

With the Cheetahs having lost Goosen to a late yellow card, their opponents surged forward and wing Tonderai Chavhanga touched down in the corner, but television match official Deon van Blommestein ruled that he had put his hand in touch.

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