Lions 10 vs Cheetahs 16
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Cheetahs avoid wooden spoon
The Lions and Cheetahs played to avoid the wooden spoon in
the Super 14 competition on Saturday, and the Cheetahs managed to beat the Lions
and thus the Lions finished last of the South African teams on the Super 14 log.
Andre Pretorius started the match for the Lions, well taken by
the Cheetahs, but putting themselves a little bit under pressure when Oelschig's
kick was charged down and into touch. From the line-out the Cheetahs drove the
ball up about 30 meters, a good start for the Cheetahs.
The Lions first opportunity for points came after three minutes,
when they were awarded a penalty for a Cheetah player joining a ruck from the
side. Vermaak took it quickly and was tackled by Vermeulen, who never retreated
the 10 meters, and the penalty was given 10 meters closer to the Cheetah line,
just outside their 22 meter area. Pretorius made no mistake to put the Lions in
a 3-0 lead.
The next 10 minutes saw some exciting running rugby, and it was
clear that both teams were going to play a running game.
The Lions had another chance after 11 minutes, when Pretorius
opted for a line-out from a penalty just meters from the Cheetah line. The Lions
forwards drove the ball over the Cheetah line, but lost the ball forward in the
process of trying to dot it down.
23 minutes into the game Andre
Pretorius left the field with what looked like a knee injury, and he was
replaced by Ashwin Willemse, with Earl Rose who was on for Wylie Human, moving
33 minutes into the game the Cheetahs got their first point from
aWillem de Waal penalty, the Lions infringed at a line-out on the halfway line,
and the score was 3-3.
37 minutes into the game the Cheetahs got another chance for
points from the halfway line, when Jaque Fourie was penalised for a spear
tackle, and again Willem de Waal made no mistake, putting the Cheetahs 6-3
ahead, and that was also the halftime score.
4 minutes into the 2nd half Reynecke and Smit replaced Wepener
and Mujati for the Lions
At this stage it was almost like both teams played like they
were wishing the Super 14 season was over already.
into the 2nd half the Cheetahs came very close to scoring the first try of the
match, this from a line-out just outside the Lions 22 after Earl Rose kicked a
ball straight into touch. The Cheetahs mauled the ball up to close to the Lions
try-line, where desperate defence kept the Cheetahs out, and Januarie managed to
steal a ball from Oelschig after the last tackle.
17 minutes into
the 2nd half the Lions found themselves back on their try-line, defending
another Cheetah line-out after a great touchfinder from a penalty by De Waal.
Again the Lions managed to defend the Cheetah maul and keep them from scoring a
22 minutes into the 2nd half the Lions eventually scored the
first try of the match, Doppies la Grange managed to break the line on about the
Cheetahs 10 meter line, and with just the fullback to beat, passed back infield
to Ashwin Willemse, who had to run in from about the 22 meter line and just Juan
Smith to beat, which he managed and dotted down under the poles. Rose converted
to make the Lions lead 10-6.
Unfortunately the Cheetahs hit
straight back with a try of their own, when a Cheetah player fielded a kick in
his own half, ran it back at the Lions, and chipped it over the defensive line,
where a Lions defender touched it and it went straight into the hands of Eddie
Fredericks, who had no one in front of him and he ran in the try. Willem de Waal
converted, the score 13-10 for the Cheetahs.
The Cheetahs went
further ahead 31 minutes into the 2nd half from a Bevin Fortuin drop goal from
about the Lions 10 meter line.
With about 7 minutes to go Willem
de Waal attempted another penalty from just inside his half close to the
touchline, but his kick was short.
With 2 minutes to go, the
Lions had a line-out from a penalty just 5 meters from the Cheetah line, but
good defense from the Cheetahs kept them out, and forced a Cheetah scrum, and
that was the end of the game, another loss for the Lions.
For the Lions:
Tries: Ashwin Willemse
Cons: Earl Rose
Pens: Andre Pretorius
For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Eddie Fredericks
Cons: Willem de Waal
Pens: Willem de Waal(2)
Drops: Bevin Fortuin
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12
Doppies la Grange, 11 Jaco Pretorius, 10 Andre Pretorius(c), 9 Jano Vermaak, 8
Jacques Cronje, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Geo Cronje,
4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Bertus Smit, 18 Franco
van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Enrico Januarie, 21 Ashwin Willemse, 22
Cheetahs: 15. Bevin Fortuin, 14. Phillip Burger , 13. Ronnie
12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Eddie Fredericks, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Noel Oelschig, 8. Ryno van der
Juan Smith(c), 6. Duane Vermeulen, 5. Corniel van Zyl, 4. Rory Duncan, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2.
Richardt Strauss, 1. Os du Randt.
Replacements: 16. Hans Jacob van Dyk, 17. Wian du Preez, 18. CJ van der
Linde, 19. Bian Vermaak, 20. Kabamba Floors, 21. Michael Claassens, 22.
Referee: Phillip Bosch (SA)
Touch judges: Marius Jonker (SA) and Willie Roos (SA)
TV Match Official: Gareth Lloyd-Jones (SA)