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Cheetahs v Lions - Live
full-time Cheetahs 26 Lions 5
80 From a scrum inside the Cheetahs' 22, the ball goes out to Sias Ebersohn who kicks it upfield. Taute gathers and runs at the home side's defence. The Cheetahs eventually win a turnover and the ball is soon kicked upfield again. Taute runs it into touch and the final whistle goes. Although the Cheetahs have won by a comfortable margin, they did not have things going their way in the second half. Despite having most of the possession, the Lions could only manage one try which proved too little in the end.
78 Deon van Rensburg is over the try-line after being put into space by Jantjies but the wing is held up by two Cheetahs defenders.
76 Andries Strauss tries to break out from inside his 22 but he is stopped in his tracks by two Lions defenders.
72 The Lions are doing all the attacking at the moment. They soon win a penalty when Heinrich Brussouw is pinned for holding onto Jantjies on the ground after making a tackle.
69 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, S EBERSOHN! 26-5. Sias Ebersohn lands a penalty from just inside the Lions' half after Caylib Oosthuizen is penalised for an infringement at a scrum.
65 TRY, LIONS, GROBBELAAR! 23-5. Cobus Grobbelaar scores after taking a pass from Bondesio who sells the Cheetahs defence a neat dummy at a line-out before offloading to the flanker. Jantjies misses the conversion.
64 Coetzee dots down in the corner after Michael Bondesio does well in the build-up. However, the TMO rules that he had a foot in touch after a great cover tackle by Danniller.
62 Adriaan Strauss does well when he wins a turnover at a ruck close to his try-line. The ball comes out to Sias Ebersohn who puts it into toch close to the halfway line.
60 The Lions run the ball from deep inside their half and are soon close to the halfway mark. They win a penalty when Willie le Roux is pinned for wrongful entry at a ruck.
57 The Lions are awarded a penalty inside their 22 when WP Nel is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
55 Ryno Benjamin intercepts a long pass from Butch James on the Lions' 22 but knocks the ball on as he goes through the gap! Would have been a definite try if he held on to the ball!
53 Willie le Roux goes over the try-line but after the referee consults the TMO the try is disallowed when he has a foot in touch.
51 This time it's the Lions who win a turnover when Adriaan Strauss takes the ball into contact and is held up by two defenders. Scrum to the visitors.
47 The Lions go on the drive from a line-out inside the Cheetahs' 22. The drive is soon static and after the referee warns them to use the ball twice, the visitors soon lose possession.
44 The Lions try to strike inside the Cheetahs' 22 but Coenie Oosthuizen wins a turnover and goes on a barnstorming run before being stopped by James.
43 The Lions are soon on the attack! Josh Strauss makes a mini break and is stopped inside the Cheetahs 22. Jantjies gets the recycled ball but throws a pass into touch.
40 Goosen gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by the Lions' forwards and it soon comes to Butch James who hoofs it upfield.
Half-time Cheetahs 23 Lions 0
40 The Lions have one last crack at the Cheetahs' line and the ball goes wide to their backs. Taute joins the line and throws a pass to Deon van Rensburg but the wing can't hold onto the pass the ball rolls into touch and referee Mark Lawrence blows on his whistle to bring proceedings to a close. What an entertaining half! The Cheetahs certainly deserve their lead. They've been the more enterprising of the sides but the Lions need to eradicate the mistakes in their game if they want to win.
40 The Lions are on the attack close to the Cheetahs try-line but are met by a solid wall of defenders. The visitors desperately want to score a try before the break!
39 The Lions kick for touch close to the Cheetahs' try-line after they receive a kickable penalty.
36 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 23-0. Another easy two-pointer for the young pivot!
35 TRY, CHEETAHS, R EBERSOHN! 21-0. Robert Ebersohn rounds off under the posts after running onto a pass from Hennie Daniller who joined the line at pace!
34 The Cheetahs are running the Lions ragged. The ball goes through several phases, with Johnson, Coenie Oosthuizen and Adrian Strauss prominent. Goosen puts in a cross kick for Wllie le Roux to chase but the ball goes into touch.
32 For the third time this half, the Lions take the ball into contact but lose possession when they are held up off the ground. The Cheetahs get another chance to attack from a scrum just inside the Lions' half.
30 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 16-0. Goosen makes no mistake with the place kick after Elton Jantjies is pinned for a high tackle.
28 The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty inside their own 22 after the touch judge points Martin Bezuidenhout out for a tip-tackle on Ryno Benjamin. The referee issues a white card to the Lions hooker which means the tackle will be reviewed after the match.
27 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 13-0. Goosen succeeds with another place kick after Butch James is pinned for a late tackle on Piet van Zyl.
23 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 10-0. Goosen adds the extras to extend the home side's lead.
22 TRY, CHEETAHS, R EBERSOHN! 8-0. Robert Ebersohn breaks through the Lions defence after running onto a pass from Goosen and beats Jaco Taute with a deft sid-step before dotting down!
20 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 3-0. Johan Goosen adds the first points of the match after the Lions infringe at a scrum. That kick means he has become the first player in this year's tournament to get 100 points!
15 Derick Minnie makes a brilliant break through the Cheetahs' midfield. He is brought to ground inside the hosts' 22 but has no support with him! The ball is turned over and Goosen clears his line with a long kick into touch.
11 Johnson takes the ball into contact but is takes a big hit from Paul Willemse! The ball is recycled to the Cheetahs' backs but Johnson certainly felt that tackle as he takes a while to get to his feet!
8 The Lions are awarded a penalty inside their half when the Cheetahs stray offside. Jantjies puts the ball out just outside the Cheetahs' 22. From the line-out, the Lions go on the drive but the Cheetahs manage to hold them up off the ground and again the maul goes static which means the home side can throw the ball in at the resulting scrum.
7 Johan Goosen has just missed with a penalty attempt from 65 metres! He had the distance but his kick is just wide of the upright.
4 The Cheetahs fight back and are soon inside the Lions' 22. The ball goes to Ashley Johnson but he knocks on at the critical moment! Jantjies soon relieves pressure for his side with a kick into touch!
2 The Lions are on the attack in the Cheetahs' half. They set up a few phases but then Franco van der Merwe goes into high and is held up off the ground. Scrum feed to the home side!
Kick-off Elton Jantjies gets us started! His kick is gathered by the Cheetahs pack and they soon set up a ruck.
Team News Lions fly-half returns to the run-on side for this encounter. His selection sees Butch James move to inside centre which in turn releases Jaco Taute for duty at full-back. 19-year-old lock Paul Willemse, a giant of 1,93m and 112kg, will make his Super Rugby debut this weekend. Willemse replaces Marius Coetzer while Callie Visagie, who has started in all the matches to date, is also relegated to the bench and Martin Bezuidenhout will start at hooker. Regular number eight Warren Whiteley sustained an injury during training which has forced coach John Mitchell to juggle his loose forwards. Captain Josh Strauss reverts to number eight in Whiteley's place, with Cobus Grobbelaar coming in on the openside flank while Minnie moves to blindside.
Team News Cheetahs coach has made just one change to his side after beating the Hurricanes 47-38 in Wellington last week. Springbok loose forward Ashley Johnson is back in the starting XV while Justin Downey drops down to the replacements bench.
Welcome Good day and welcome to the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein for this Super Rugby derby between South African sides, the Cheetahs and the Lions. Both sides are exponents of the expansive game so brace yourselves for an entertaining clash!
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