Currie Cup

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 10 August 2013 - 15h00
Kick-off : Sat, 10 August 2013 - 15h00
Venue : Johannesburg
Referee : Marius van der Westhuizen
Match status : Result
  Golden Lions FS Cheetahs
Tries Willie Britz (63min) and Ruan Dreyer (70min) Robert Ebersohn (5min), Johannes Prinsloo (31min), Sarel Pretorius (44min), and Johann Sadie (54min)
Penalties Marnitz Boshoff (2min), Marnitz Boshoff (14min), Marnitz Boshoff (38min), and Marnitz Boshoff (51min) Riaan Smit (18min) and Elgar Watts (67min)
Conversions Marnitz Boshoff (34min) Riaan Smit (45min) and Elgar Watts (55min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


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The Cheetahs forwards work hard to hold up the ball carrier and they do just that as the final whistle goes. That's FULL-TIME! A hard-fought win for the Cheetahs!


The Lions, incredibly, win a tighthead. Lindeque rips the ball from Minnie but is pushed into touch so it'll a Lions throw.


Volmink knocks on in midfield. Was that the Lions' last chance?


The Lions try to run out of their 22 but are tackled into touch. The throw, however, isn't straight, so the Lions regain possession.


The line-out is well contested, resulting in Britz tapping the ball into touch. So the Cheetahs attack through their forwards and Du Preez spills the ball. Golden opportunity lost.


The Cheetahs look a bit unsettled but Van Zyl cools things down with a smart touchfinder.


Jantjies' conversion looks good but falls short so the Cheetahs hang on to the lead.


Lindeque concedes a silly penalty as he wasin front of the kicker. The Lions turn down the kick at goal and Dreyer burrows over from a metre out. TRY!


The Cheetahs respond with a patient build-up and Minnie is blown up on the deck. Watts kicks the PENALTY to make it a six-point game.


Jantjies misses to the left but the Lions are right back in it.


Prinsloo goes off his feet as the Lions step up the intensity, and Jantjies is instructed to set up the line-out. The call is vindicated as Britz bashes over in the corner for his first Currie Cup TRY!


Hanekom slices straight through from inside his 22 but the ball is lost forward as Jantjies comes on to the park. Boshoff had an impressive game it must be said.


Watts wins a rare kicking battle. The Cheetahs won't mind that at this stage of the game.


Pretorius takes a quick tap following a scrum penalty and is finally brought down after sucking in several defenders. The ball goes wide to Sadie and he scores the bonus point TRY! Watts takes over the kicking duties and adds the CONVERSION!


PENALTY! The Lions make 20-odd metres with their maul after Watts' kick skewed off the side of his boot and win a penalty, which Boshoff nails.


Boshoff attacks the line, beats Watts and offloads to Botha who is taken into touch by Pretorius. Good play all round.


Ebersohn dabs ahead again and it's well weighted but Botha does well to tidy up and the Cheetahs are pinged so some relief for the hosts.


Smit pops over the easy CONVERSION.


De Jager makes good ground after the maul is stopped. The Cheetahs continue to hit it up and Van der Merwe comes close. He places it just short with Pretorius picking it up and diving over for the TRY!


Des Fountain is pinged on the deck so the Cheetahs will attack from a line-out on the 22.


It's anybody's ball game as Watts starts the second half.


Jenkinson errs again as he butchers a try, the rookie prop unable to hold on to a pass five metres from the line after good work by Daniller. Boshoff kicks the ball into touch and that's HALF-TIME! The Lions lead 16-13 after an exciting first half!


PENALTY! Liebenberg's throw isn't straight and then Jenkinson is pinged at scrum time so Boshoff kicks the Lions back in front.


Smit saves the day as he wins the race to a grubber through by Helberg and Minnie is blown up trying to win a turnover.


The Lions take the ball through seven phases for the first time and are rewarded with a TRY as Des Fountain puts Hanekom in with a brilliant offload. Boshoff adds the CONVERSION to level the scores.


TRY! Ebersohn shows his class as he wins a turnover on Botha and the Cheetahs again opt for the line-out. Prinsloo scores at the back of a barnstorming driving maul - clinical by the visitors as Smit misses off the upright.


The Cheetahs turn down a kick at goal. It's a quick front ball to De Jager who runs in a try but the throw didn't go five metres so the try is disallowed.


The Cheetahs enjoy continuity on attack, taking it through nine phases before a knock-on slips in. The Lions have already missed seven tackles, indicative of the Cheetahs' potent attacking.


Boshoff finds touch five metres from the line with an excellent kick. The Cheetahs take a quick front ball and Liebenberg sets off. The ball is nearly turned over but the Lions knock-on in their haste which results in Watts clearing from the scrum.


Tecklenburg is blown up at the breakdown which sees Smit slot his first PENALTY to regain the lead for the Cheetahs.


PENALTY! The Cheetahs collapse the driving maul so Boshoff kicks the home team into the lead.


Minnie steals the ball at the breakdown and then the Cheetahs go offside so the Lions kick themselves into the attacking half of the field.


Helberg has no room and is forced into touch just outside his 22. The Lions should have cleared there.


The Cheetahs look lethal with ball in hand, running from 22 to 22 with great interplay between forwards and backs before Oosthuizen is wrestled into touch.


Smit misses but the Cheetahs lead.


The game opens up already as it's end to end stuff. Prinsloo manages a turnover and Sadie puts a clever chip kick for Ebersohn to chase. He collects and does brilliantly to score in the corner despite Boshoff's best efforts. TRY!


The Lions show great line speed and Tecklenburg takes Watts back over his try-line to win a five-metre scrum. The Cheetahs are penalised for not rolling away so Boshoff bangs over the PENALTY!


And Boshoff gets us underway!


Sadly, precious few supporters have come out to Ellis Park. Conditions are perfect for running rugby so we should be in for a thriller. We are moments away from kick-off.


The Cheetahs can make a real statement of intent if they kick-off their campaign with an away win. The bulk of the squad that reached the Super Rugby play-offs remains intact, which could make the Cheetahs the team to beat in this year’s Currie Cup.


The Loins will be feeling some pressure to get the win at home after losing to the Kings in the second promotion-relegation match at the same venue last weekend. They nevertheless scraped through to win back their place in Super Rugby next year and it’ll be interesting to see how focused they are this afternoon after having essentially already accomplished their 2013 goal.


Welcome to our build-up to the second match of the Currie Cup season, it’s the catfight between the Lions and the Cheetahs in Johannesburg.
Golden Lions
15 Marnitz Boshoff
14 Chrysander Botha
13 Lionel Mapoe
12 Andries Coetzee
11 Anthony Volmink
10 Elton Jantjies
9 Ross Cronje
8 Warren Whiteley
7 Derick Minnie
6 Jaco Kriel
5 Franco van der Merwe
4 Chris van Zyl
3 Ruan Dreyer
2 Willie Wepener
1 CJ van der Linde

22 Robert de Bruyn
21 Tian Meyer
20 Warwick Tecklenburg
19 Willie Britz
18 Julian Redelinghuys
17 Jacques van Rooyen
16 Robbie Coetzee
FS Cheetahs
15 Hennie Daniller
14 Riaan Smit
13 Johann Sadie
12 Robert Ebersohn
11 Raymond Rhule
10 Elgar Watts
9 Piet van Zyl
8 Philip van der Walt
7 Pieter Labuschagne
6 Johannes Prinsloo
5 Lodewyk de Jager
4 Francois Uys
3 Trevor Nyakane
2 Adriaan Strauss
1 Coenie Oosthuizen

22 Ryno Benjamin
21 Johan Goosen
20 Sarel Pretorius
19 Freddie Ngoza
18 Teboho Mohoje
17 Schalk van der Merwe
16 Hercu Liebenberg