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Cheetahs v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Elton Jantjies gets wrapped up in the Cheetahs defence

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Article Published: Thursday 5 April 2012|

These two teams have played each other 8 times since they split for the Super 14 and both teams have won four matches and lost four matches.

On average when the Cheetahs play the Lions they score 31 points and the Lions score 21 points so the Cheetahs score a little easier than the Lions.

The Cheetahs have had four home matches against the Lions since 2006. They have played two in Bloemfontein, one in Kimberley and the other in Welkom.

Surprisingly the Cheetahs lost both matches in Bloemfontein which means that the Lions can say they have never lost to the Cheetahs in Bloem.

Even though the Cheetahs have lost two home matches they have a preferential points scoring average in home matches as the average score is Cheetahs 32 Lions 20 when the Lions are away from home.

These two teams have already met once this season and in that match the Lions edged out the Cheetahs 25-27 in Johannesburg.

This week the Lions welcome back their primary goal kicker, Elton Jantjies, who was SA U20 flyhalf in 2010. He missed a few matches because of injury, in which time veteran Bok flyhalf Butch James has taken over the kicking duties.

The 14 successful penalty goals that Johan Goosen (5) and Jantjies (9) kicked when these two sides met earlier in the season is the most ever in a Super Rugby match.

The Lions have had a fairly normal Super Rugby season with four losses and one victory so far. Last week they lost 13-23 to a Crusaders team that never really got going.

The Cheetahs on the other hand have had an exceptional season after their most successful away tour with a win in Australia and their first ever win in New Zealand. The Cheetahs showed great fightback last week when they were trailing 32-11 and bounced back to win 38-47.

The Bookies have given the Lions a 6 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We think the Cheetahs have found their game. The Cheetahs should win by 10 points.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.

Average score: Cheetahs 31 Lions 21

Last five results
25 Feb 2012 Cheetahs v Lions 25-27 Johannesburg
06 May 2011 Cheetahs v Lions 53-19 Johannesburg
12 Mar 2011 Cheetahs v Lions 20-25 Bloemfontein
15 May 2010 Cheetahs v Lions 59-10 Welkom
13 Feb 2009 Cheetahs v Lions 28-34 Johannesburg

Cheetahs overall record against the Lions
Played 8 , Wins 4, Losses 4, Draws 0

Match No .47: Cheetahs v Lions
Date Saturday 7 April
Venue : Welkom
Kick Off local: 15:00
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Joey Salmans
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Roussouw
TMO:Johann Meuwesen



Hennie Daniller, Ryno Benjamin, Robert Ebersohn, Andries Strauss, Willie le Roux, Johan Goosen, Piet van Zyl, Philip van der Walt, Ashley Johnson, Heinrich Brüssow, Izak van der Westhuizen, George Earle, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, Trevor Nyakane, Andries Ferreira, Justin Downey, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Philip Snyman.


Jaco Taute, Deon van Rensburg, Alwyn Hollenbach, Butch James, Andries Coetzee, Elton Jantjies, Tian Meyer, Joshua Strauss (captain), Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar, Franco van der Merwe, Paul Willemse, Patric Cilliers, Martin Bezuidenhout, Caylib Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Ruan Dreyer, Marius Coetzer, Etienne Oosthuizen, Michael Bondesio, Lionel Mapoe, James Kamana.

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