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Lions 11 vs Cheetahs 27

Lions outclassed by Cheetahs

Cheetahs continue their flying start 

The Lions lost 11-27 to the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Saturday, this after leading 11-10 at the break. The Cheetahs added an unanswered 17 points in the second half to clinch the match, and the Lions will quickly have to learn how to score tries again to get their season back on track.

The match started in ideal conditions, warm and sunny, and no wind to speak of. The Cheetahs scored quickly, this after a mistake from Ryno Benjamin, who fielded a kick but unfortunately put a foot into touch on his own 22. From the line-out, the Cheetahs hit left with their backline, and when they recycled the ball from the ruck, Marius Joubert chipped the ball into a big gap behind the advancing Lions backline, managed to regather the ball and pass it to Meyer Bosman, who scored under the poles. De Waal kicked the conversion to give the Cheetahs a 7-0 lead after just three minutes.

The Lions almost hit back 7 minutes later, but referee Marius Jonker penalised the Lions for a double movement on the Cheetahs try-line. The movement came from a Lions line-out on the halfway line, where the ball went to Joubert who then passed inside back to Jano Vermaak, who was into space and ran up to the Cheetahs 22 where he passed to Cobus Grobbelaar to his left, Grobbelaar had to outrun one Cheetah defender, but the quicker back managed to catch him short of the try-line. He got the ball out to Vermaak, who found Van Zyl to his right, and Van Zyl conceded the penalty for the double movement on the try-line.

15 minutes into the first half Oelschig extended the Cheetahs lead to 10-0 with a drop goal from broken play on the halfway line.

Strydom missed a penalty from the Cheetahs 10 meter line 15 meters infield after a Cheetah error at their line-out.  

25 minutes into the first half the Lions got lucky, they were in deep trouble after turning over a ball on the Cheetahs 22 meter line, the Cheetahs hit right with few Lions defenders in front of them. Eventually the Cheetahs were deep inside the Lions 22 meter area, where they knocked on the ball, Benjamin scooped it up and ran in a 80 meter try, handing off Burger three times on the way to the try-line. Strydom missed the conversion, the score 10-5 for the Cheetahs.

34 minutes into the first half Strydom kicked a penalty for the Lions from the Cheetahs 22 meter line after the Cheetahs were penalised for a high tackle, making the score 10-8 for the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs held onto a ball at a ruck just inside the Lions half, conceding another penalty, and Strydom kicked it over, giving the Lions a 11-10 lead, also the halftime score.

When the teams came on for the start of the 2nd half, Cobus Grobler was on for Franco van der Merwe.

The Cheetahs opened with a quick try again, after stealing a Lions ball at a ruck on their 10 meter line, they had a bit of an overlap on the right, with Burger on the wing and Vermaak to slow to effect the cover tackle, Burger scoring under the poles and De Waal converting to put the Cheetahs back in the lead 17-11.

5 minutes into the 2nd half Strydom missed a fairly easy penalty from the Cheetahs 22 meter line, this after Jannie du Plessis was blown for obstruction after a Cheetahs line-out.

17 minutes into the 2nd half De Waal kicked the first Cheetahs penalty, making the score 20-11 for the Cheetahs.

19 minutes into the 2nd half the Cheetahs conceded another penalty just outside their 10 meter line, but Strydom missed the kick to the right.

2 minutes later Ollie le Roux got a yellow card, giving the Lions a chance to play against just 14 Cheetahs.

29 minutes into the 2nd half Strydom missed another penalty from just inside the Cheetahs half, again to the right.

Just three minutes later De Waal also missed a very easy penalty from the Lions 22 meter line, showing perhaps that it wasn't a day for the kickers. Wilhelm Koch came on in the place of Joubert, and Van Schalkwyk for Jaco Pretorius.

37 minutes into the 2nd half the Cheetahs sealed the match when Willem de Waal chipped a ball over the advancing Lions defenders, regathered and passed to Kabamba Floors, who beat two Lions and scored a spectacular try, converted by De Waal to put the Cheetahs in a 27-11 lead, also the final score.       

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Ryno Benjamin    
Louis Strydom(2)   

For the Cheetahs:
Meyer Bosman, Philip Burger, Kabamba Floors           
Cons: Willem de Waal(3)     
Pens: Willem de Waal       
Falie Oelschig      

Yellow card: Ollie le Roux(61m)
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Ernst Joubert(c), 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Gavin Williamson, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Cobus Grobler, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Freddie van Zyl, 21 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 22 Thabang Molefe.

Cheetahs: 15. Bevin Fortuin, 14. Philip Burger , 13. Marius Joubert, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Eddie Fredericks, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Falie Oelschig, 8. Darron Nell, 7. Duanne Vermeulen, 6. Heinrich Brussow, 5. Corniel van Zyl, 4. Rory Duncan(c), 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Richardt Strauss, 1. Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Ollie le Roux, 18. David de Villiers, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Alwyn Hollenbach, 22. Gavin Passens.  

Referee: Marius Jonker (SARU) 
Touch judges: Linston Manuels (SARU) and Tiaan Jonker (Lions)
TV Match Official:
Shaun Veldsman (Boland)

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