Pro14: Cheetahs 26-29 Glasgow Warriors
|Pro14: Cheetahs v Glasgow Warriors|
|Cheetahs (17) 26|
|Tries: Petersen, Specman Cons: Stapelberg 2 Pens: Stapelberg 4|
|Glasgow Warriors (10) 29|
|Tries: Gibbins 2, Pyrgos, Harley Cons: Russell 3 Pen: Russell|
Glasgow Warriors made it six wins from six in the Pro14 as Rob Harley's late try secured a bonus-point victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
The hosts led Glasgow 17-10 at half-time on the Scots' first league visit to South Africa, with Sergeal Petersen and Rosco Specman crossing at pace.
Callum Gibbins scored a try in each half for Dave Rennie's men.
Ernst Stapelberg's boot kept Cheetahs in touch but Harley dotted down to add to Henry Pyrgos's earlier score.
Warriors top Conference A with 28 points, having earned a bonus-point for scoring four tries or more in four of their six matches to date.
Munster, who are away to Leinster on Saturday, are second in the table, on 19 points.
Glasgow stand-off Finn Russell knocked over an early penalty at the Free State Stadium but Cheetahs moved in to a 10-3 lead when Sergeal scored after a fast break by Specman.
Flanker Gibbins burst through the orange shirts on 32 minutes to score the first of his two tries, spotting a gap to touch down at the posts after a hefty clear-out by lock Jonny Gray at the breakdown.
Russell continued his good form with the boot but with a minute to play in the first half Specman displayed a devastating turn of pace to score in the corner.
After the interval, Ruaridh Jackson not only prevented a possible try with an interception at his own 22, but then sprinted to within 10m of the Cheetahs' try line before Russell's pick-up set Gibbins free to make it 17-17.
Stapelberg's penalty precision put the South Africans in control but Glasgow went 24-23 in front when Russell kicked over a line of Cheetahs players for Jackson to catch. His pass set up an interchange between Pyrgos and Niko Matawalu, with Pyrgos diving over the line and Russell converting for a third time.
Again, Stapelberg held his nerve to kick a 76th-minute penalty before flanker Harley, a second-half substitute, benefited from another clever chip by Russell to register the decisive score.
Cheetahs: Petersen, Speckman, F Venter, Small-Smith, Mapimpi, Stapelberg, Meyer, C Marais, van Jaarsveld, Botha, Basson, Hugo, Schoeman, H Venter, Mohoje.
Replacements: Obi for Speckman (57), Lee for Mapimpi (73), S Venter for Meyer (60), Nche for C. Marais (51), Du Toit for van Jaarsveld (64), Bernardo for Basson (55), Pokomela for Mohoje (71).
Not Used: Coetzee.
Glasgow Warriors: Jackson, Seymour, Grigg, Johnson, Sarto, Russell, Price, Bhattie, Brown, Z Fagerson, Swinson, Gray, Wilson, Gibbins, Hastings.
Replacements: Matawalu for Johnson (67), Pyrgos for Price (55), Allan for Bhattie (45), Turner for Brown (41), Rae for Z Fagerson (64), Alainu-uese for Gray (58), Harley for Wilson (60).
Not Used: Horne.
Referee: George Clancy.