Lions 34 (21) vs Cheetahs 28 (11)
Lions drop themselves out of trouble
Cheetahs almost spoiled party at Coca-Cola Park
The Lions started with a close win at home
in their 2009 Super 14
campaign, grabbing victory with two drop goals from Pretorius and Rose after the
scores were level at 28-all with just about 5 minutes left in the match. The
Lions were helped by poor discipline from the Cheetahs, who had 2 players
sin-binned during the match, and in the period where the Cheetahs played with 14
men, the Lions scored 3 of their 4 tries.
It was perfect conditions for rugby when Earl Rose
started the match, nice temperature, no wind and no clouds.
The Lions had the first chance early in the match
with a backline move down the right, but Henno Mentz was tackled by Meyer Bosman
just short of the line and his pass to the inside went forward.
In the 9th minute Rose also missed a penalty kick
from about halfway between the 22 meter line and the 10 meter line, and on about
15 meters from touch. Luckily the Lions scored shortly afterwards, they took the
ball left down the backline and had a one man overlap in Henno Mentz, and when
the cover stopped him he passed to the support on the inside, and eventually
Cobus Grobbelaar went over for the try in the left corner. Rose kicked the
conversion to put the Lions in a 7-0 lead.
In the 16th minute the Lions conceded a penalty
and Potgieter kicked it to make the score 7-3 for the Lions.
The Cheetahs then hit back with a great try,
helped by some poor defense from the Lions. Juan Smith broke away with the ball
from a line-out on the halfway line, he was stopped by Willemse close to the 22
but passed outside to Brussouw, who passed to Frans Viljoen on the outside as he
was stopped 5 meters to the tryline, and Viljoen scored the try. The pass looked
forward but the try was awarded by the ref. The conversion attempt by Potgieter
hit the left upright but the Cheetahs now in front 8-7.
28 minutes into the game there was a bit of a flare-up after a tackle by the
Cheetahs on a Lions player, and Brussouw was given a yellow card for getting
involved as the 3rd player. The Lions quickly capitalised on this, through tries
from Willemse and Mentz, both converted by Rose to put the Lions ahead 21-8.
The Cheetahs were awarded a penalty right in front of the poles after the hooter
when the Lions joined a ruck from the side, and Potgieter kicked it to make the
score 21-11 at the break.
The Cheetahs started strong in the 2nd half and had the first chance to score
but missed with a penalty just inside the Lions half, but shortly afterwards
were awarded another inside the Lions 22 and this time Potgieter kicked it to
make the score 21-14 for the Lions.
Clever replaced Mostert so he was getting about 35
mins of play. In the next move Bosman spear tackled Ludik and got a yellow card
for his trouble. This created immediate space for the Lions and enabled Willemse
to score his second after taking a pass from Vermaak who had a great run down
the right. Rose converted to make it 28-14 for the Lions.
Petoors then replaced Doppies with about 25
minutes left in the match, with Rose moving to Inside Centre, and Hans van Dyk
on for Wepener.
The Cheetahs then clawed one back when the Lions
were caught napping at a ruck, the Cheetahs went blind and Heinrich Brussow
basically walked over for the try. Potgieter converted to make it 28-21.
The Cheetahs were doing all the playing at this stage with the Lions defending,
and they went over the Lions try-line in the left corner but the TMO ruled that
it was held up, the Lions lucky not to concede a try.
Willemse and Van Zyl were replaced by Boshoff and Landman, but the Cheetahs then
scored the try of the match, a kick from Mentz not going out and the Cheetahs
running it right back and again poor defense from the Lions letting the Cheetahs
run straight through, Potgieter scoring under the posts and converting to make
Andre Pretorius then put the Lions back in front with a great dropgoal after the
Lions won a line-out on the Cheetahs 22 meter line, 31-28 the score.
Just before the hooter the Lions stole a line-out ball from the Cheetahs and
attacked deep into the Cheetahs 22, and eventually the ball came to Rose who
slotted a left-footed dropgoal. The final score 34-28 for the Lions.
For the Lions:
Tries: Cobus Grobbelaar, Ashwin Willemse(2), Henno Mentz
Cons: Earl Rose(4)
Drops: Andre Pretorius, Earl Rose
For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Frans Viljoen, Heinrich Brussow, Jacques-Louis Potgieter
Cons: Jacques-Louis Potgieter
Pens: Jacques-Louis Potgieter(4)
Yellow card: Heinrich Brussow(28), Meyer Bosman(45)
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Ashwin Willemse, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11
Henno Mentz, 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 Gert Muller, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18
Rynard Landman, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Chris Jonck, 21
Andre Pretorius, 22 Jannie Boshoff.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Corne Uys, 12
Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Meyer Bosman, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8
Frans Viljoen, 7 Juan Smith(c), 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico
3 Bees Roux, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Wayne
van Heerden, 19
Hendro Scholtz, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Fabian Juries, 22 Piet van Zyl.
Referee: Craig Joubert
Touch judges: Phillip Bosch and Joey Salmans
TV Match Official: Johann Meuwesen