LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 15 February 2014 - 17h05
Kick-off : Sat, 15 February 2014 - 17h05
Venue : Bloemfontein
Referee : Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Cheetahs Lions
Tries Raymond Rhule (24min)
Penalties Elgar Watts (70min) Marnitz Boshoff (15min), Marnitz Boshoff (30min), Marnitz Boshoff (40min), Marnitz Boshoff (57min), Marnitz Boshoff (62min), and Marnitz Boshoff (75min)
Conversions
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Jean Cook (61min)
Red cards
DGs Marnitz Boshoff (79min)
Commentary
Minute Commentary

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The Cheetahs attack desperately but the Lions hang on to complete an incredible upset! An amazing end to the Super Rugby opener, the Lions defying the odds thanks to a tremendous debut by Boshoff!

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The Lions run it all the way into the Cheetahs 22. Boshoff drops into the pocket and he slots the DROP GOAL!

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Britz comes in from the side at the restart but Watts misses a sitter!

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PENALTY! Landman bizarrely tries a chip of his own, succeeding only in gifting the Lions possession. Coenie Oosthuizen is blown up and Boshoff continues his flawless goal-kicking display. There's two points in it!

72

Combrinck almost scores with a beautiful chip and regather but the ball is dislodged in the tackle.

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The Lions are pinged at scrum time and Watts nails the PENALTY to restore the five-point lead.

67

Boshoff lines up a drop-goal but it's nowhere close and the Cheetahs calm things down with a touch finder.

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Pretorius forces the Lions into touch and takes a quick throw but it's straight to Botha who's only denied by an excellent Le Roux tackle.

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Watts has to clear under immense pressure after a deft touch finder by Boshoff. The Lions chip away within five metres where a knock-on sees the Cheetahs clear.

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Boshoff kicks the PENALTY and the Lions are within two points.

61

Cook takes out Boshoff with a late hit and is YELLOW CARDED soon after coming on to the field.

60

The Lions win another scrum penalty to relieve the pressure.

59

A promising build up by the Cheetahs come to naught as Sadie throws a forward pass. The hosts are clearly the more lethal side but their execution has let the down.

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PENALTY! The Cheetahs snatch the ball with relative ease but they are driven back in the tackle and Pretorius is penalised. Boshoff reduces the gap to five.

54

The Cheetahs have the Lions at sixes and sevens but new man Pretorius spills the ball before his pack are penalised at the scrum.

51

Goosen kicks the difficult CONVERSION to give the Cheetahs an eight-point cushion!

49

Le Roux is heavily involved in getting the Cheetahs into the 22 and then floats a pass to Hendricks who scores his first Super Rugby TRY!

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Le Roux does well under a high bomb and with no scrumhalf present, the Lions try to work a turnover. The penalty goes against them though for coming in from the side.

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Kriel makes an excellent run but another mistake turns the ball over. The Cheetahs look to counter but Le Roux takes his eyes off the ball. Scrappy start to the half.

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Boshoff overcooks a kick to the corner and gifts the Cheetahs an attacking scrum. Le Roux tries a chip from the set piece only to kick it straight into a defenders hands who kicks and finds touch in the 22.

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Goosen, who had a stuttering first half, gets the second stanza underway!

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De Jager catches Boshoff high and the flyhalf makes it 10-9 at HALF-TIME! The Cheetahs leading by a single point!

38

The Lions look to land a final blow before the break having earned a scrum penalty and set up a line-out.

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Another enterprising passage of play sees a number of turnovers and attacks from both sides. The Cheetahs opt to kick for Rhule to chase and he's flying. Unfortunately for the hosts, though, the ball rolls into touch.

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Play resumes after Strauss receives attention and Rhule makes a big hit on Whiteley. Botha does brilliantly to run the Lions out of trouble after a kick by Rhule. Whiteley flicks the ball out of the back of the hand to Watermeyer but he can't hold on - entertaining sequence of play.

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PENALTY! Watermeyer runs hard and straight to provide good go-forward. Venter fails to roll away so Boshoff makes it 10-6.

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Boshoff tries a long-range drop that hits the post from where the Cheetahs attack only to knock-on just inside Lions territory.

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The Cheetahs turn down the kick at goal but the Lions snatch the ball and clears to Le Roux. He sets off on a counter attack, pulls a defender and sets Rhule away for the opening TRY! Goosen adds the CONVERSION!

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Strauss wins a penalty on the floor to put the Cheetahs deep into the Lions' half. They build a few quick phases, resulting in a penalty against Coetzee.

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The Lions are pinged at the scrum and this time Goosen slots the PENALTY from 47m out.

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Le Roux makes another error as his attempted long pass goes forward. He looks to be trying too hard at this stage.

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PENALTY! It's a better scrum by the Lions but they hardly gain ground as the Cheetahs win another penalty on the deck. Ill discipline by the hosts sees the penalty overturned and Boshoff puts the Lions on the board against the run of play.

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Venter is given loads of space after a wrap-around with De Jager. He passes to Le Roux who looks on his way to score but the playmaker knocks on - major let off!

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The Lions squander their first attacking opportunity with a knock-on and a second early shove results in a penalty.

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The Cheetahs get the free kick at the first scrum and Prinsloo wins good ground following a quick tap. The Lions stray offside, but Goosen misses an easy penalty.

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The Lions win their first line-out but the Cheetahs force a maul and earn a scrum feed.

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The Cheetahs have the early upper hand at the breakdown, winning a penalty. Goosen lines up a 55m kick at goal; he has the distance but it's wide to the left.

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Boshoff gets the 2014 Super Rugby season underway in hot, dry conditions!

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While both are known for their attacking flair, the match will likely be won and lost upfront where the Lions field an all-rookie front row.

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What’s more, the Lions have named an inexperienced side with a host of Super Rugby rookies. The visitors have also suffered a late blow with scrumhalf Bondesio withdrawing from the game. In his place, De Klerk will wear the No.9 jersey with Ross Cronje coming on to the bench.

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All the attention has been on the Lions, back after controversially being kicked to the curb last year to make room for the Kings. How will they cope with the increased speed and intensity of Super Rugby?

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Welcome to our build up to the opening game of the 2014 Super Rugby season – it’s a South African catfight between the Cheetahs and the returning Lions in Bloemfontein.
Cheetahs
Players
16 AJ Coertzen
15 Ryno Benjamin
14 Francois Venter
13 Joubert Engelbrecht
12 Raymond Rhule
11 Elgar Watts
10 Sarel Pretorius
9 Boom Prinsloo
8 Jean Cook
6 Tienie Burger
5 Francois Uys
4 Carl Wegner
3 Luan De Bruin
2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
1 Kevin Stevens

Substitutes
24 JP du Plessis
23 Willie du Plessis
21 Henco Venter
20 Waltie Vermeulen
19 Neil Claassen
18 Rudolph Botha
17 AJ le Roux
Lions
Players
15 Andries Coetzee
14 Lionel Mapoe
13 Nicolaas Hanekom
12 Alwyn Hollenbach
11 Anthony Volmink
10 Elton Jantjies
9 Ross Cronje
8 Warren Whiteley
7 Warwick Tecklenburg
6 Jaco Kriel
5 Franco van der Merwe
4 Franco Mostert
3 Julian Redelinghuys
2 Robbie Coetzee
1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes
23 Courtnall Skosan
22 Marnitz Boshoff
21 Francois de Klerk
20 Derick Minnie
19 Willie Britz
18 Ruan Dreyer
17 Corne Fourie
16 Armand van der Merwe