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Lions 31 (13) vs Cheetahs 22 (19)

Lions face Cheetahs at home

Both teams lost in first round

Both the teams lost in the first round and need to bounce back with a win, so this is going to be a crucial match for both teams.

The Cheetahs opened the scoring in the match with a penalty in the 13th minute by Jacques-Louis Potgieter.

Seven minutes later they went further ahead when Wian du Preez dived over from a ruck on the Lions try-line. The try was converted by Jacques-Louis Potgieter to make the score 10-0 for the visitors.

Potgieter put the Cheetahs further ahead just 5 minutes later with another penalty, the score now 13-0.

Then two minutes later it was Potgieter again, this time with a drop goal, to make the score 16-0.

The Potgieter show continued, another penalty in the 30th minute to make the score 19-0.

The Lions finally scored their first points when Walter Venter went over for a try, it came from sustained pressure by the forwards on the Cheetahs try-line, and when the ball eventually came out to the backs, Venter was the first receiver on the left and powered his way over for the try from close range, also making up for missing a pass on the try-line early in the match. Herkie Kruger converted to make it 19-7.

Just a minute later Kruger narrowed the gap to 19-10 when he kicked a penalty from just inside his half.

Then just before Halftime Kruger kicked another penalty to make it 19-13, this came after a great run by Dusty Noble down the right touchline, and the Cheetahs transgressing at the ruck where he was tackled on the Cheetahs 22 meter line.

Willem Alberts was yellow carded just three minutes into the second half when he used the shoulder in a tackle on Tertius Carse.

The Lions stayed on the attack, and were awarded a penalty two minutes later when the Cheetahs went offside just outside their 22, and Kruger kicked the penalty to make the score 19-16 for the Cheetahs.

15 minutes into the second half the Lions conceded a penalty at a scrum on their try-line, and Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicked the penalty to make it 22-16 for the Cheetahs.

32 minutes into the second half the Lions got a penalty inside the Cheetahs half, and again Herkie Kruger kicked it to make it 22-19 for the Cheetahs, just three points in it with 8 minutes to go.

Ellispark then erupted when Johan Jacskon went over for a try in the left corner, it came from sustained attacks by the forwards on the Cheetahs line, and when the ball came to Vermaak he passed a long pass left and Jackson beat his man on the outside for the try. Kruger missed the kick, the score 24-22.

Then just a minute later the Lions sealed it, the Cheetahs sent the ball down their backline but the ball went to ground, Walter Venter kicked it ahead, and Jano Vermaak followed up and gathered the ball to score the try. Kruger converted to make it 31-22 for the Lions at the final whistle.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
 Walter Venter, Johan Jackson, Jano Vermaak
Cons: Herkie Kruger(2)
Pens: Herkie Kruger(4)

For the Cheetahs:
 Wian du Preez
Cons: Jacques-Louis Potgieter
Pens: Jacques-Louis Potgieter(4)
Drops: Jacques-Louis Potgieter

Yellow card: Willem Alberts(43m) 
Red card: None 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Alwyn Hollenbach, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Johan Jackson, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (capt), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: Replacements: 16 Derek Harwood, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Robert Kruger, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Pieter Engelbrecht, 22 Michael Killian.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Tertius Carse, 8 Francois Uys, 7 Hendro Scholtz (captain), 6 Johan Wessels, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Frans Viljoen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Gerrie Odendaal, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 JW Jonker.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Touch judges: Jason Jaftha and Stefan Breytenbach
TV Match Official: Shaun Veldsman

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