LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Currie Cup

Thumb_cheetahs_graphic80x50 FS Cheetahs

26

Thumb_lions_graphic80x50 Golden Lions

23
Kick-off local time : Fri, 13 September 2013 - 19h10
Kick-off : Fri, 13 September 2013 - 19h10
Venue : Bloemfontein
Referee : Marius van der Westhuizen
Match status : Result
  FS Cheetahs Golden Lions
Tries Johann Sadie (8min) and Sarel Pretorius (39min) Anthony Volmink (63min)
Penalties Riaan Smit (24min), Riaan Smit (29min), Riaan Smit (34min), and Riaan Smit (77min) Elton Jantjies (21min), Elton Jantjies (53min), and Elton Jantjies (73min)
Conversions Riaan Smit (9min) and Riaan Smit (40min) Elton Jantjies (59min) and Elton Jantjies (64min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Elton Jantjies (30min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

Cheetahs play the clock down and hold on for a fortuitous win - 26-23 - where in Bloemfontein. This was truly a game of two halves, in which the Cheetahs raced into a 20-point lead, and then were forced to hang on in desperation. That is FULL-TIME here in bloem. Join us tomorrow for the two big Test and more Currie Cup drama. It starts with the big one - New Zealand v South Africa.

79

The Cheetahs get a scrum fed after the Lions fail to control possession again

78

Lions attacking from inide their half - garnd-stand finish here in Bloem

77

Riaan Smit slots the PENALTY and the Cheetahs get their first points of the second half - 26-23

76

Another penalty to the Cheetahs as the maul is collapsed - illegally the ref says

75

Cheetahs penalty as the Lons are caught at the breakdown, after Minnie knocked on while trying to kick

73

Elton Jantjies slots the PENALTY from 40m out and it is 23-all

72

Lions penalty at a tackle near the Cheetahs 22 - this is truly a game of two halves

71

Jantjies kicks the ball away again

70

Lions steal the line-out and the Cheetahs are penalised for offside

69

Cheetahs hard on the attack and win a penalty 5m out, Lions playing the man without the ball. However, the Lions are complaining about biting

67

Lions again turn the ball over on attack inside the Cheetahs half - then the Cheetahs win a penalty at the tackle

65

Another penalty to the Lions at the breakdown - momentum have swung in the Lions' way

64

Elton Jantjies adds the CONVERSION and it is 20-23

63

TRY - Lions win a turnover and Anthony Volmink hacks it ahead. There is a heap of bodies over the line and the call goes to the TMO - who rules that it was a penalty to the Cheetahs. However, the referee, who saw it on the big screen tells him he disagrees and then awrds the try

62

Referee again finds fault with the Lions' dominant scrum

61

Another shocking pass by Jantjies, as he attempts to get too clever and the ball is knocked on

59

TRY - Ruhan Nel over after a sublime offload by Jaco Kriel. Jantjies adds the CONVERSION - 13-23

57

The ref still finds a way to help the Cheetahs scrum - penalis3es Derick Minnie, despite the Cheetahs popping again

56

Ross Cronje knocks on 10m out from the Cheetahs line - oh, the life of a coach when players are this shocking

55

Another aimless kick by Jantjies, but he is saved as Ebersohn is penalised for offside

55

Another aimless kick by Jantjies, but he is saved as Ebersohn is penalised for ofside

54

Marnitz Boshoff is yanked off - not Janjies. Well, the coach muist have some sort of masterplan that we don't know about.

53

The Lions again cough yup the ball, this time inside their 22 - the Cheetahs pounce and the Cheetahs go over. However, the TMO rules that the ball was carried into touch

51

Elton Jantjies slots a PENALTY as the Lions open the second half scoring - 6-23

50

Eventually a scrum penalty against the Cheetahs - that is probably a half-an-hour too late

49

Jantjies kicks the ball away again - a shocking grubber. The Lions need to pull him off if they are to have any chance

48

Lions butcher more points as they can't hold onto their own ball

47

Penalty to the Lions and they set up a line-out

45

Lions scrum still dominating - at some stage the referee will have to penalise the Cheetahs - it is rediculous now

42

The Lions finally hold onto the ball for a few phases and work their way into the Cheetahs 22 - where they win another scrum feed.

41

Riaan Smit restart is too deep and the Lions have a scrum on halfway

40

Riaan Smit adds the CONVERSION as the Cheetahs take a commanding 23-3 lead inmto the HALF-TIME BREAK - the Lions will need to regroup, show better discipline and get somebody to play flyhalf. See you in 10 minutes

40

Riaan Smit adds the CONVERSION as the Cheetahs take a commanding 23-3 lead.

39

TRY - Sarel Pretorius snipes around the edge of a scrum that has popped again.

38

Surely at some stage the ref must penalise the Cheetahs scrum - this is getting rediculous now. Sadie kicks ahead and Boshoff carries is forced to carry the ball over his line

37

Scrum free kick to the Cheetahs and then the Lions knock the ball on at a tackle - these players ears are going to be ringing in the dressing room at the half-time break. They have already missed 14 tackles and made even more handling errors

36

Lions turn over another ball on attack - Ebersohn holds up his opponent. The Lions look a disjointed unit here in Bloem

34

Riaan Smit slots his third PENALTY -16-3

33

The Cheetahs scrum demolished again and the ball squirts out the back, but the Lions are penalised for offside

33

The Cheetahs scrum demolishedagain and the ball squirts out the back, but the Lions are penalised for offside

32

Scrum reset - the only aspect the Lions are dominating

31

The Cheetahs searching for their second try. They go close, but is called back for a scrum. Johannes Prinsloo goes over, but Ross Cronje is under him and the call goes to the MO, who rules that it is not a tr6y - scrum 5m out again

30

YELLOW CARD - Elton Jantjies sent to the bin for throwing the ball away after it had gone into touch. He is having a shocker

29

Riaan Smit kicks another PENALTY - 13-3

28

Another tackle penalty against the Lions, Jantjies the culprit - the visitors are not doing themselves any favours with their discipline

27

The Lions till slipping tackles, but they scramble well

25

Lions again penalised at the tackle - they are not very accurate at the moment. Plenty of endeavour, poor execution

24

Riaan Smit, from 38m out on the angle, slots the PENALTY and it is a 7-point game again - 10-3

23

Tiaan Meyer penalised for not releasing in the tackle

22

Lions still turning the ball over too easily - that's two turnovers in a minute

21

Elton Jantjies, from 40m out, slots the PENALTY and the Lions are on the board - 3-7

20

Lions again work the ball through the phases and win a penalty on the Cheetahs 10m line - not releasing in the tackle

18

Sarel Pretorius penalised for offside at the scrum

17

The Cheetahs maul it up to within 5m and again the referee calls 'use-it-or-lose-it' whil;e the maul appears to be in motion - this time the Lions win the turnover

15

Another turnover won by the Cheetahs - the Lions are very sloppy and the Cheetahs are punishing them. Marnitz Boshoff is forced to scramble the ball into touch inside his 22

14

Another aimless kick by Elton Jantjies and Hennie Daniller drives the Lions back into their half

13

Lions still slipping too many tackles, but they eventually hold up Johan Sadie in the tackle and win a turnover

11

Lions work the ball through the phases and get into the Cheetahs 22, here they are penalised for holding on in the tackle

9

Riaan Smit adds the CONVERSION - Cheetahs lead 7-0

8

TRY - Johan Sadie goes over as another knock-on by the Lions hands the ball back to the Cheetahs, who are very effective in retaining possession

7

The Cheetahs win a line-out steal, but as they go wide a sloppy pas sees the ball go into touch inside the Lions half

5

Lions knock it on in midfield and the Cheetahs hack it downfield - Watts driving the Lions back into their own half

4

Lions deemolish the scrum, but Elgar Watts manages to scramble it into touch

3

The Lions maul it to within 5m, before the referee rules that it was held up - that maul looked like it was still in motion, but the referee had called 'use-it-or-lose-it'

2

Derick Minnie wins a turnover and the Cheetahs penalised near their 10m line for a breakdown offence

1

Penalty against the Lions from the kick-off - not rolling away

0

Riaan Smit adds the CONVERSION and the Cheetahs lead 7-0

0

Elton Jantjies gets us underway!

-2

The teams are taking to the field, we are minutes away from the action.

-5

The Cheetahs have stuggled to reproduce their Super Rugby form in the Currie Cup, but with a few guys on Bok duty and a number who returned to the Griquas they have a much-changed pack. Add to that a few more injuries at lock and their resources are being stretched.

-8

The big talking point this week was the inclusion of Jacobus 'Bees' Roux in the Lions team - his first competitive match in South Africa in almost three years.

-10

Just two points separate the Lions in third place and the Cheetahs in fourth place on the standings. WP (16 pts) head the log, followed by the Sharks (15), Lions (14) and Cheetahs (12)

-15

There are a few clouds around, but no chance of rain at this stage. It is hovering around 20 degrees, with a strong breeze. Good weather for rugby, although the kickers will be affected by the wind

-20

Welcome to Bloemfontein, where we are awaiting the Free State Cheetahs and Golden Lions team for our first LIVE game of the weekend.
FS Cheetahs
Players
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

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

Substitutes
22 Robert de Bruyn
21 Tian Meyer
20 Warwick Tecklenburg
19 Willie Britz
18 Julian Redelinghuys
17 Jacques van Rooyen
16 Robbie Coetzee