Cheetahs beat Blue Bulls 36 - 16 in Currie Cup final

In a dominating performance, the Cheetahs outclassed the Blue bulls side 36 points to 16.

The Cheetahs celebrate after winning the 2016 Currie Cup. Picture: @TheCurrieCup.

JOHANNESBURG - The Free State Cheetahs held their nerve to maintain their unbeaten record when they eased to a fifth Currie Cup title in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

In a dominating performance, the men from the Free State outclassed the Pretoria-based side 36 points to 16, and held advantages in both the territory and possession stats to go with their superb control in the set pieces.

While there were some standout performances from Francois Venter and Raymond Rhule, coach Franco Smith will certainly be happy with the entire team performance put on show.

Discipline was one of the downfalls of the visitors, with flyhalf Niel Marais kicking 21 points for Smith's side, to add to their two late tries in an afternoon that capped off what has been a perfect season for the men from Bloemfontein.

Clayton Blommetjies was the first man to find the try line for the Cheetahs in the 63rd minute, which put the game beyond doubt when it gave the hosts a 28-9 lead with just 15 minutes remaining on the clock.

Sergeal Petersen had the final say for the home side though, adding another try in the dying minutes of the game to cap off the perfect afternoon of a perfect season.

The only try from the visitors came through replacement scrumhalf Piet van Zyl, who's five points only added some respectability to the scoreline as the hosts never looked like surrendering the lead.