Lions beat Cheetahs in Bloemfontein



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South African referee Craig Joubert will blow his whistle to start the 2014 Super Rugby season in Bloemfontein when the Cheetahs host the Lions on Saturday.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Lions have suffered a blow as Michael Bondesio has been ruled out and Faf de Klerk starts in his place.

The Lions kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The first penalty of the season goes to the Cheetahs as the Lions fail to release and they concede the penalty. They will go for posts around the half way line.

2.00: Johan Goosen takes the shot from about 55m out. His distance is fine but he misses. Still no score.

6.00: The Cheetahs have the first scrum. They have the bigger pack and the Lions concede a free kick. The Cheetahs take it quickly and push the Lions back into their 22.

7.00: Derrick Minnie is caught offside so the Lions concede another penalty. This one is in the Lions 22 so Goosen gets another shot but this one is much easier. He misses! 

9.00: There is an injury to a Lions player which holds up the game. Eventually he gets up and carries on. We have a scrum but the Lions shove early so the Cheetahs have yet another penalty. Goosen kicks for the corner.

12.00: The Cheetahs show the first real bit of a running break but Willie le Roux gets the ball and knocks it on!

15.00:The Lions concede another penalty but it gets reversed as there is some shoving. The Lions will kick for posts. Marnitz Boshoff takes the shot and nails it. The Lions are on the board.

17.00: The Cheetahs are showing more on attack than the Lions but this time the final pass is forward. Lions Scrum.

19.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Cheetahs. Goosen lines up the ball for a penalty shot. This one he nails. The scores are level.

23.00: The Cheetahs get the ball and counter attack (Willie le Roux), he gets through the Lions defence and passes to Raymond Rhule who burns the rest of the Lions down the wing and runs in the first try of the Super Rugby season. TRY!

25.00: Goosen takes the conversion and nails it. The Cheetahs lead by 7.

28.00: Marnitz Boshoff attempts a drop from about 55m out but he misses and hits the bottom of the posts.

29.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff takes the shot and nails it. The Lions trail by 4 now.

30.00: There is a short break in play as one of the Cheetahs (Adriaan Strauss) gets some help from the medics. He carries on.

34.00: The Cheetahs are keeping the Lions pinned back in their half with territorial kicks.

35.00: The Lions take a 22 drop out and it goes deep so the Cheetahs have to attack from inside their own half.

37.00: Boom Prinsloo kicks the ball upfield for Rhule to chase but the touch line wins. The Lions are not doing much in terms of attack. Caylib Oosthuizen goes down injured so the game is held up.

38.00: The game resumes and the Cheetahs scrum illegally so the Lions have a penalty. They kick for the line and set up a line out on the Cheetahs 22 line. The Lions win the line out but the Cheetahs turn the ball over and kick it ahead.

39.00: The Lions start their counter but the Lions had an advantage and get nowhere so we go back for a penalty for a high tackle.

40.00: Marnitz Boshoff takes the penalty kick and slots it. The Lions trail by one.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Cheetahs 10 Lions 9

The Cheetahs kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Cheetahs start the attack early on but then the Lions turn it over and almost get away from the Cheetahs. The Lions recycle the ball and continue their attack but they then have to chip ahead and the ball goes out behind the tryline.

43.00: The Lions are playing a much more territorial game with the boot and it is putting the Cheetahs under pressure. The Cheetahs win a line out in their 22 though and they kick for touch and set up a line out in the Lions half. The Lions win the ball and kick the ball high, Rhule loses it and the Lions attack on the half way line.

45.00: The game is paused while we check for foul play by Adriaan Strauss. The replay shows nothing so we carry on. Scrum to the Cheetahs.

46.00: Trevor Nyakane has come on for the Cheetahs (Caylib Oosthuizen).

50.00: The Cheetahs get into space and Shaun Venter makes a break, he is taken high so the arm goes up for advantage. The Cheetahs continue to attack until they knock on. Penalty 5m out. They take it quickly and Sadie is stopped but the Cheetahs spread it wide and Cornal Hendricks scores for the Cheetahs. TRY! Somehow Goosen was injured in that so he gets some help and then takes the conversion. He nails it.

53.00: Johan Goosen is down injured again but they play on. Eventually the Lions lose the ball forward. Sarel Pretorius is on for Shaun Venter.

54.00: Penalty to the Lions for illegal scrum after Nyakane’s first scrum. The Lions kick for touch.

57.00: Penalty again for the Lions. Boshoff takes the shot and nails it again. The Lions trail by 5.

61.00: Jean Cook has only just come on but he goes high for a ball and connects with Marnitz Boshoff and the TMO sees the act as well as the ref so he is shown a yellow card. The Lions get a penalty for the infringement.

62.00: Boshoff nails the penalty. Lions trail by two.

66.00: The Lions are using the extra man to good effect. Chrysander Botha almost gets through but he is just caught. He passes to Derick Minnie but the Cheetahs catch up and defend and then turn the ball over and kick it to safety.

68.00: Ligtoring Landman comes on for the Cheetahs. The Lions immediately concede a penalty so the Cheetahs will kick for posts.

70.00: Elgar Watts takes the shot at the posts as Johan Goosen has been replaced. Watts nails it to give the Cheetahs some breathing space.

72.00: Ruan Combrinck almost gets through for the Lions but he is just held. The Cheetahs counter attack Ryno Benjamin gets the ball out of their 22. The Lions turn the ball over and start their attack.

73.00: The Lions continue to attack and going through the phases.

75.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff takes the shot and nails it. The Lions trail by two now.

76.00: The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty in front of the posts and Watts rushes the kick and misses.

79.00: The Lions are bashing away at the Cheetahs defence and edging forward towards the line. Boshoff drops back and takes a drop goal and nails it. The Lions lead !!!

80.00: The siren sounds and the Lions have won !

The final score is Cheetahs 20 (10) Lions 21(9)


Tries – R.Rhule, C.Hendricks
Pen – J.Goosen, E Watts
Con – J.Goosen 2
Drop –
Cards – J. Cook

Tries –
Pen –  M. Boshoff 6
Con –
Drop – M.Boshoff
Cards –

Match Officials
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:TBC (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO:Johan Greeff (South Africa) with Oupa Wagner (South Africa) in training



Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Johann Sadie, Francois Venter, Raymond Rhule, Johan Goosen, Shaun Venter, Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne, Boom Prinsloo, Francois Uys, Lood de Jager, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Caylib Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Trevor Nyakane, Maks van Dyk, Ligtoring Landman, Jean Cook, Sarel Pretorius, Elgar Watts, Rayno Benjamin.


15. Chrysander Botha , 14. Deon van Rensburg , 13. Lionel Mapoe , 12. Stefan Watermeyer , 11. Ruan Combrinck , 10. Marnitz Boshoff , 9. Faf de Klerk , 8. Warren Whiteley , 7. Derick Minnie , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Franco Mostert , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Robbie Coetzee , 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Willie Wepener , 17. Jacques van Rooyen , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. Willie Britz , 20. Warwick Tecklenburg , 21.Ross Cronje, 22. Coenie van Wyk , 23. Alwyn Hollenbach

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