Toyota Cheetahs ……(14) 28
Vodacom Blue Bulls……(10) 3
Toyota Cheetahs lifted the inaugural Lafarge Zimbabwe Champions Cup after mauling compatriots Vodacom Blue Bulls 28-10 in a cagey yet historic encounter pitting South African Super Rugby teams at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
Lock Reniel Hugo scored two first -half tries which were both converted by flanker Tian Schoeman for the Cheetahs, who dominated the half with their expansive style of play for long periods during the match.
A converted penalty try from an infringement in the breakdown near the Bulls try line added to the Cheetahs’ tally early in the second half, before substitute Torsten Van Jaarsvel crushed over the whitewash late in the match to give his team a comfortable win in the end.
Bulls, who fielded a largely understrength side, got all their points from Neil Marais through a second-half try which he converted to add to the penalty kick which also came good in the first half.
Cheetahs coach Franco Smith refused to read much into the game, but instead hailed the organisers of the event for giving his team the platform to prepare for the upcoming season.
Cheetahs flanker Paul Schoeman was voted Man of The Match in the inaugural to Larfarge sponsored event.