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Cheetahs beat Lions in Bloemfontein

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Article Published: Saturday 7 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.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The match is underway.
2.00: Lions start relatively well pushing the Cheetahs back into their half.
3.00: The Cheetahs win a scrum and get some good atacking ball and they use it well by moving the ball forward and pushing the Lions back deep into their territory. The Lions however turn the ball over.
7.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty so Johan Goosen will kick for posts - from 66m out! He misses.
9.00: Several re-set scrums slow up the game. Eventually the Cheetahs win a scrum and move the ball out.
10.00: The Lions look to be targeting Ashley Johnson as some enormous hits are going in.
12.00: The Cheetahs show some good width with the ball but they lose it forward so the effort comes to nothing.
14.00: Derick Minnie makes a break for the Lions but he is just caught and the Cheetahs kick the ball down and kick downfield. The Lions then get the ball and kick it back.
16.00: Lots of attack from both sides on broken play. The Lions look very dangerous for a moment but the Cheetahs turn it over. The ball changes sides a few more times and then there is a knock on. Still no score.
19.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. Goosen takes the shot from 50m out. He nails it.
20.00: The Lions try to clear the ball by kicking out of their 25 but the kick is awful. The Cheetahs pounce on the ball and change sides and Rober Ebersohn scores the first TRY!!
22.00: Goosen adds the conversion.
25.00: Butch James gets a talking to for a tackle and the Cheetahs get a penalty. Goosen nails the kick.
28.00: Elton Jantjies concedes a penalty for a high tackle. Goosen will go for posts.
29.00: Goosen takes the shot and nails it.
32.00: The Lions are coming under some serious pressure here. They kick for the corner but it goes too long.
34.00: The Cheetahs have the Lions under the cosh here. They spot a gap in the Lions defence and Robert Ebersohn slips through after a clever pass from Willie le Roux and scores.
35.00: Johan Goosen adds the conversion.
38.00: The Lions are desperate to get some points before half time. They work the ball up to the Cheetahs 5m line and then the Cheetahs concede a penalty. They kick for touch.
39.00: Lions attacking on the left and the right but the Cheetahs defence is solid.
40.00: The siren goes and the Lions are still on attack. They go over the line but get called back.
41.00: The Lions attack again and again but they are held up. We go back for a penalty.
42.00: The Lions run the ball again. They move the ball wide but the ball is passed into touch. Thats it half time.

The half time score is Cheetahs 23 Lions 0

The second half is underway.
42.00: Lions start where they finished the first half. They are full of attack against the Cheetahs.
43.00: It looks like Goosen is coming off and being replaced by Sias Ebersohn.
44.00: Ashley Johnson makes a break but is caught.
45.00: The Lions win a penalty so they kick for touch.
46.00: The Lions get the maul going but the Cheetahs hold them out. It's not the Lions day here.
48.00: The Lions are enjoying plenty of territory but they just can't do anything with it.
50.00: Adriaan Strauss gets some attention for a bloody nose which holds the game up. Strauss leaves the field for the blood bin.
52.00: Cheetahs looking a little stronger now as they attack in the Lions half.  Philip van der Walt breaks and passes to Willie le Roux who scores in the corner. TMO will check it. Foot in touch - no try.
54.00:  Ryno Benjamin almost intercepts but can't control the ball.
57.00: The Cheetahs get some attacking ball and Ryno Benjamin is away again, he chips ahead and gets the ball but is shoved into touch.
61.00: The Lions are on attack but then the Cheetahs turn the ball over and they attack. That is the story of this match. The Lions just can't finish off.
63.00: The Lions finally find a hole in the Cheetahs defence and Andries Coetzee races for the corner. Hennie Daniller does his best to get him into touch. It's a TMO decision. No try. Line out.
65.00: The Lions win a line out and Cobus Grobbelaar gets the ball from Michael Bondesio and races through a gap and this time the Lions score! TRY.
66.00: The conversion is missed.
69.00: The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty so Sias Ebersohn takes the shot and nails it.
72.00: Cheetahs holding the ball on the ground so the Lions have a a penalty. They kick for the corner and a line out. 5m out. Its not straight.
76.00: Lions trying to keep the Cheetahs back in their half but the Cheetahs are attacking but without much intensity.
77.00: Deon van Rensburg breaks through the Cheetahs and gets over the line but is held up. No try.
80.00: The hooter sounds and the ball is kicked but doesnt find touch. The Cheetahs keep the ball alive and the Taute bundles it into touch. Thats it.
The full time is Cheetahs 26 (23) Lions 5 (0)

Tries - R Ebersohn 2
Pen -J Goosen 3, S Ebersohn
Con - J Goosen 2
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - C  Grobbelaar
Pen -
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
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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