Watch: Cheetahs Overcome Connacht 26-25 In Absolute Thriller

Watch: Cheetahs Overcome Connacht 26-25 In Absolute Thriller
By Arthur James O'Dea

The addition of two South African sides to what has now become rugby's Pro 14 has had mixed results.

For the Southern Kings, it has been a rocky introduction to northern hemisphere rugby; they picked up their first win of the tournament against the Dragons after going 16 games deep on a win-less run.

South Africa's Cheetahs have had a more positive experience however. Sitting 3rd in a group featuring Munster and Connacht, eight wins and eight defeats signals a relatively positive start.

Welcoming fifth-placed Connacht to South Africa this evening, the two threw up a game that really got people talking.

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In what was a very open, quick game of rugby in a fairly desolate looking Toyota stadium in Bloemfontein, it was the Cheetahs that got off to a quick start.

This finish from Uzair Cassiem putting a gloss on some frantic build-up play.

10-0 behind in no time, some reckoned that the difficult conditions and quick play were about to lead Connacht into a fairly heavy beating.

Yet, Kieran Keane's side were not long putting such thoughts to rest; Matt Healy finishing off a move that demonstrated the quick hands of the visitors (and changing some opinions in the process).

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Trailing 16-15 at the break, it would be Connacht who started the stronger despite the high-altitude and draining temperature. Once again, Healy's running with the ball causing havoc for the Cheetahs.

Increasing their lead to 25-16 as they approached the 60 minute mark, it would be the Cheetahs who scored the try of the match; Sibahle Maxwane breaking through to finish off a great cross-field move.

Bringing the South African's within a score of Connacht, the Irish province's good start to the second-half wouldn't be enough. A last-minute penalty from Niel Marais giving the Cheetahs a victory in this Pro 14 classic.

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