The British and Irish Lions claimed their third successive South Africa tour win, 26-24 against the Cheetahs, but they were made to sweat for victory at Vodacom Park.
Unlike the Golden Lions in Johannesburg three days earlier, the Cheetahs refused to take a mauling.
The Lions eased into cruise control during a one-sided opening quarter after tries by flanker Stephen Ferris and centre Keith Earls helped open up a 17-0 lead.
The Cheetahs, though, struck twice in seven first-half minutes after Ferris was sin-binned by English referee Wayne Barnes, with wing Danwel Demas and prop Wian du Preez claiming touchdowns that Jacque Potgieter converted.
Centre Corne Uys then struck with an 80-metre interception try eight minutes from time that substitute Louis Strydom converted, setting up the prospect of a famous home win.
Lions wing Shane Williams could only look on after Uys collected his intended pass to fly-half James Hook - but there were more scares for the Lions to survive before full-time.
Strydom was agonisingly wide with a drop-goal attempt which would have sealed the deal, then the Cheetahs were unable to prosper from an attacking scrum after Lions full-back Lee Byrne uncharacteristically spilled a high ball.
Ultimately, the Lions were indebted to Wales star Hook's precision goal-kicking to maintain their unbeaten record.
Hook, who looks set to mount a serious challenge for the Test team number 10 shirt, booted four penalties and two conversions - an immaculate return which kept the Cheetahs at bay.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.