Lions 28 (6) vs Cheetahs 38 (16)
come up short against the Cheetahs
Cheetahs remain our bogey team
The Cheetahs are the team that we've got
the worst record against since 1991, we only have a 45% win ratio against them
over that period, and they've beaten us in the last four Currie Cup matches
we've played. It was no different on Friday evening, they beat us once again,
38-28 in a pulsating match at Ellis Park.
Something new from the Lions at the start of the game, the forwards were on the
right and Rose kicked to the left, where one of the backs managed to re-gathered
the ball and allowed the Lions to hit left and right a few times, but the
Cheetahs eventually turned the ball over and got deep inside the Lions territory
where they were awarded a penalty when the Lions went offside. Chris Rossouw
kicked the easy penalty to put the Cheetahs in an early 3-0 lead.
Soon afterwards the Lions got back into Cheetah territory and it allowed Earl
Rose to level the scores with a drop goal.
The Cheetahs were a bit unlucky 15 minutes into the match, they were awarded a
penalty for a swinging arm tackle by the Lions, this on the halfway line, but
Chris Rossouw hit the left upright with his penalty attempt.
The Lions came very close to scoring when they established an overlap on the
left, and Benjamin came within inches of scoring, but was tackled on the line,
the ball came out to the right and unfortunately Willem Alberts just wasn't able
to control the ball and score the try.
On 20 minutes the Lions were awarded a penalty just outside the Cheetahs 22 for
offside play, and Earl Rose had no problem to kick the penalty to make it 6-3
for the Lions.
Ten minutes later the Lions went offside just outside their 22, giving Chris
Rossouw a chance to level the scores which he duly took.
Jano Vermaak made a huge error 5 minutes later, spear tackling a Cheetah and
receiving a yellow card for his effort. This also put the Cheetahs on the
attack, and though they didn't immediatly capatalise on the extra man, it was
only a couple of phases later that the played the ball left from a ruck close to
the lions try-line and David de Villiers on second receiver managed to run in
the try. Rossouw converted to put the Cheetahs in a 13-6 lead.
The Lions transgressed just inside their half at a ruck minutes later, and this
time Rossouw made no mistake with the penalty, the Cheetahs now in a commanding
16-6 lead. That was also the score at halftiime.
The Lions started strongly in the second half, and it wasn't long before the
Cheetahs conceded a penalty just outside their 22. Rose kicked it to make the
score 16-9 for the visitors.
Then a crushing blow for the Lions, from their own
scrum just inside their half, they managed to wheel the scrum, and Hendro
Scholtz picked it up and ran in the try. Rossouw converted to make it 23-9 for
Ross Geldenhuys was on the field
at this stage, and carried the ball nicely upfield towards the Cheetahs 22,
where the Lions then hit left and Benjamin had the overlap and ran in the try on
the left. Rose converted to make it 23-16 for the visitors.
The next points did go the way of the Cheetahs,
when the Lions went offisde just outside their 22 and allowed Rossouw to kick
hit back right away, it started when Willem Alberts fielded a kick just inside
his 22 on the right, he chipped the 2 Cheetahs defenders, re-gathered and fed
the support on his left, the lions hit left and from the ruck that formed, came
right again where Rose found himself on the wing, and he managed to score with 2
defenders tackling him. He also kicked the difficult conversion to make it 26-23
for the visitors. Willem Alberts was injured in the move and replaced by Ernst
Joubert. Wheeler was also on for Franco van der Merwe.
Then it was end to end stuff, both teams attacking
with everything they've got, and eventually the Cheetahs scored a spectacular
try by JW Jonker in the right corner, not converted by Tewis de Bruin, but the
Cheetahs in a 31-23 lead with about 5 minutes to go, and Loffie sent Ettas,
Jonck and Strydom up for the last 5 mins, much too late for these players to
make an impact.
rubbed salt in the Lions wounds at the end when he picked the ball up from a
Cheetahs scrum and beat all the defenders to score under the poles. Tewis de
Bruin converted to make it 38-23
Rayno Benjamin had the last say when he got the
ball in space on the left on the halfway line and managed to beat the cover
defense to score in the corner. Rose missed the difficult conversion on the
hooter, and the final score 38-28 for the Cheetahs.
For the Lions:
Tries: Rayno Benjamin(2), Earl Rose
Cons: Earl Rose(2)
Pens: Earl Rose(2)
Drops: Earl Rose
For the Cheetahs:
Tries: David de Villiers, Hendro Scholtz, JW Jonker, Neil Powell
Cons: Chris Rossouw(2), Tewis de Bruyn
Pens: Chris Rossouw(4)
Yellow card: Jano Vermaak(30)
Red card: None
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8
Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5
Gerhard Mostert, 4
Anton van Zyl, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18
Ernst Joubert, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Chris Jonck, 21
Louis Strydom, 22 Jaco van Schalkwyk.
Cheetahs: 15 Bevin Fortuin, 14 Wilton Pietersen, 13 Robert
Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Fabian Juries, 10 Chris Rossouw, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8
Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kabamba Floors, 6 Hendro Scholtz(c), 5 Barend Pieterse, 4
David de Villiers,
3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Richard Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Riaan Kruger, 17 Phillip Lemmer, 18 Flip van
der Merwe/Nico Breedt, 19 Schalk van der Merwe, 20 Neill Powell, 21 JW Jonker, 22
Referee: Marius Jonker (Saru)
Touch judges: Francois Veldsman (Boland) and Peet
TV Match Official: Michael Cupido (Lions)