Cheetahs shatter Verblitz
REPORT: Cheetahs proved too strong as they cruised to a 62-13 historical win over Verblitz on Saturday in Japan.
The South African side scored nine tries to the opposition’s one in a match that served as preparation for Japanese Top League and Currie Cup competitions for the two teams.
Cheetahs' Tier Schoeman continued to build on his superb form in the Super Rugby, while lock Reniel Hugo also showed that he will be a valuable asset as they head into the Currie Cup.
The side from Free State took a lead on 29-6 at the break, with four tries in the bag.
Cheetahs continued to build on that first half performance, while Verblitz struggled to get into the match.
Eventually Robbie Robinson scored the visitors only try with ten minutes to go on the clock. The New Zealand-born fullback managed to beat his opponent to go down for the five points.
However the visitors have done most of the work and secured the win.
Tries: Zeilinga, Nche, Benjamin, Schoeman, Huggett 2, Petersen, Burger, Dolo.
Cons: Zeilinga 3, Ebersohn 4
Pens: Monji 2
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ryno Benjamin, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Maphutha Dolo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohojé (captain), 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nché.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Uzair Cassiem, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Michael van der Spuy, 24 Sias Ebersohn, 25 Jacques du Toit.
Verblitz: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Koji Wada, 13 Steven Yates, 12 Sillivenusi Taumoepeau, 11 Yuki Kido, 10 Takaya Monji, 9 Kota Iwamura, 8 Taufa Olive, 7 Koichi Sugimoto, 6 Dominic Day, 5 Toshizumi Kitagawa (captain), 4 Tomoaki Taniguchi, 3 Kohei Asahori, 2 Ryuta Ueno, 1 Kohei Yoshida.
Replacements: 16 Yoshikatsu Hikosaka, 17 Yousuke Takahashi, 18 Yoto Loki, 19 Kota Makihara, 20 Ryo Fujii, 21 Fetuani Lautaimi, 22 Takehito Namekawa, 23 Yuta Haruyama, 24 Dai Ozawa, 25 Yoshizumi Takeda.
Date: Saturday, July 23
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Toyota City, Japan
Kick-off: 18.00 (11.00 SA time; 09.00 GMT)
Referee: Noriaki Hashimoto