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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Cheetahs come from behind to beat Hurricanes in Super Rugby thriller

The Cheetahs and Hurricanes played some incredible rugby in what was an action packed Super Rugby game in Wellington on Saturday. The visitors looked blown away early on, then fought back and secured a 47-38 win, their second on tour.

The dynamic Hurricanes played some scintilating rugby in the first half of this fast paced game, racing off to a 32-11 lead. Julian Savea, Andre Taylor, and Beauden Barritt all played their part.

The visiting Cheetahs kept their composure though and fought back admirably, tying things up at 32-32 going into halftime, thanks to three tries in seven minutes.

Prop Coenie Oosthuizen scored twice, and despite flyhalf Barritt scoring 23 points in total for the home side, the Cheetahs dominated territory and possesion to pull off a famous win.

"It was definitely a great victory, and it's a nice way to end off the tour," said captain Adriaan Strauss. "They've [his players] got their never-say-die attitude. It's a good place for us to start building on now for when we get home.

"We definitely want to keep that momentum going that we got from beating the Hurricanes. But we aren't kidding ourselves, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done," he added.

His side now travel back to South Africa to take on the Lions, having left New Zealand and Australia with a 2-2 record, following courageous losses to both the Brumbies and the Crusaders.

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