CHEETAHS PIP ZEBRE AT THE DEATH

CHEETAHS PIP ZEBRE AT THE DEATH

PRO14 REPORT: A LAST-GASP PENALTY KICK FROM FRED ZEILINGA ENSURED THE CHEETAHS LEFT ITALY WITH A NARROW 24-23 VICTORY OVER ZEBRE ON SATURDAY.

Tries from Matteo Minozzi and Oliviero Fabiani seemingly set the hosts on course for victory while Carlo Canna was deadly from the tee against the South Africans.

But the visitors were dangerous throughout and scored two tries of their own from Makazole Mapimpi – the second setting up a grandstand finish.

And Zeilinga came off the bench to kick the winning points, earning his side their first ever away win in the Pro14.

Following a one-point defeat to Edinburgh last time out, Zebre had a point to prove but they faced a substantial challenge against a Cheetahs side that had won two of their last three games.

And if Zebre needed any further evidence about the size of the task they were up against then the Cheetahs gave it to them in the fifth minute.

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