Lions pride swells as Cheetahs fade

This was a live match report .

 

 

Preview


The Currie Cup final all over again. It’s a funny one this is. When these two teams meet in the Currie Cup its a battle royale but when it’s the Super 14 they step down a gear.


Saturday February 16
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Head-to-Head: Played 3, Cheetahs 2, Lions/Cats 1
In Bloemfontein/Kimberley: Played 2, Cheetahs 1, Lions/Cats 1
Last season: Round 15, May 6 2007: Cheetahs 16-10 Lions at Ellis Park, Johannesburg

 

Match detail.

 

The Cheetahs got the perfect start by scoring a try after only 1 minute and 17 seconds. Eddie Fredericks was the try scorer. The try was not converted.

 

Jacques-Louis Potgieter the new Cheetahs kicker had a shot a goal for a penalty but missed.

 

Louis Strydom the kicked a penalty for the Lions closing the gap slightly.

 

Next is was the Lions who gave away a penalty and Conrad Barnard stepped up to take the penalty kick but missed.

 

A ball fumble from the Cheetahs after a scrum sees the ball being turned over and a flying Franco van der Merwe gets the ball and darts for the line to score the Lions first try. Louis Strydom converts the try and the Lions are five points clear.

 

A minute later Duanne Vermeulen crashes over the line for the Cheetahs scoring the Cheetahs second try. The conversion was successful.

 

The Cheetahs are caught offside in front of the posts and Louis Strydom takes the penalty and kicks it straight between the posts to take the lead again.

 

There was an extraordinary moment just ahead of the half time siren. A lineout ball appeared to go forward but Barend Pieterse kept on running with the ball as the Lions stop playing but Pieterse scores a try. The try was converted.

 

The Half time score is Cheetahs 19 Lions 13

 

The Cheetahs were the first to score again after the whistle although this time it was a penalty and not a try. Jacques-Louis Potgieter took the kick and was successful.

 

This was followed by Adriaan Strauss being set to the bin for ten minutes. The resulting penalty was missed by Louis Strydom.

 

The Lions get back into the match as Doppies la Grange scores in the corner possibly injuring his shoulder a lot like Habana did in an earlier match today. Earl Rose converted the try.

 

A late penalty by Earl Rose put the Lions in front and then as the clock wound down he took another shot at goal this time with a drop kick.

 

The full time Score is Cheetahs 22 Lions 23.

 

Scorers

 

Cheetahs

Tries – Eddie Fredericks,Duanne Vermeulen,Barend Pieterse
Pen – Jacques-Louis Potgieter
Con – Jacques-Louis Potgieter (2)
Cards – Yellow  – Adriaan Strauss

 

Lions

Tries -Franco van der Merwe,Doppies la Grange
Pen – Louis Strydom (3),Earl Rose
Con -Louis Strydom, Earl Rose

 

Teams:


Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Eddie Fredericks, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Gavin Passens, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Falie Oelschig, 8 Duanne Vermeulen, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Rory Duncan, 4 Barend Pieterse, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Pree

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