CENTRAL Cheetahs edged Western Force 17-13 in an error-strewn Super 15 contest at Free State Stadium on Sunday.
Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss, the outstanding player in the match, scored what proved the winning try when he crossed the Force line in the 54th minute.
The Cheetahs, trailing 9-13, had opted not to kick at the posts three times in quick succession, having been awarded penalties in the Force 22-metre area.
The home team stretched the lead to 17-13 when fly-half Sias Ebersohn landed his third penalty goal and a crucial moment came with 18 minutes to go when the Force were awarded a penalty in front of the Cheetahs' posts.
They opted for a scrum, then conceded a penalty that enabled Cheetahs to kick their way out of danger.
Read the full match report at ABC news online.