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|Home team||Away Team|
|26 - 23||
CHEETAHS 26-23 LIONS
80 Pressure scrum now for the Cheetahs, initially reset. Prinsloo carries well, solid base for the hosts. Into the dying seconds, Cheetahs well away from their own try line. The hooter sounds, Watts kicks into touch - the Cheetahs have the win! It was a gutsy comeback from the Lions, scoring 20 unanswered points, but great kicking from Riaan Smit sealed the win for the hosts.
79 Lions desperately attacking now but stuck inside their own half. Des Fountain deemed to have knocked on there so the Cheetahs have the scrum as the clock winds down into the final minute.
78 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 26-23: Is that the matchwinner? Smit, excellent all night, lands the penalty for the lead.
76 Driving maul from the Cheetahs who have the advantage. Back to Watts for the drop goal... it misses, but the Cheetahs do have a penalty.
74 Impressive run from Minnie after he looked to have knocked on, but Rhule's timely tackle sees him knock on and then the Cheetahs win the penalty. Kicked into touch in the 22.
73 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 23-23: Over it goes! We are level in Bloemfontein as the Lions complete an impressive comeback to tie the score with only six minutes left.
71 Quick tap by Pretorius but Sadie knocks on, the Lions with their tails up now attacking on the front foot. Cheetahs penalised at the breakdown and the Lions have a chance to level the scores!
69 TMO consulted for foul play by Raubenheimer, but there's no evidence. Lions then win the Cheetahs lineout, with the visitors then offside trying to charge down the kick. Odd decision not to take the points there. Jantjies kicks long.
67 Ball lost by Tecklenberg in the tackle and then the Cheetahs have an advantage, taking the penalty and kicking into the 22. Attacking lineout for the hosts - Watts bashes into the 22 as the Cheetahs focus on the right. Labuschagne carries well and the ball is slow but they have a penalty. Smit goes to the corner.
65 Quite the game we have now as the Lions have come right back into this one, scoring 17 unanswered points so far. Hosts on the attack but the Lions snuff it out with another breakdown penalty.
64 TRY, LIONS, VOLMINK! 23-20: Brilliant work from the Lions sees them force Rhule over his own goal line to concede a five metre attacking scrum. Big chance for the visitors here... but wait, there's more to it. After referring to the TMO, Volmink on closer inspection grounded the ball over the try line, so the Lions have a try! What a twist in this one. Jantjies converts in off the post.
61 Swing in momentum as the Lions attack again, but it comes to nothing as the ball is knocked on at the Cheetahs 22.
59 TRY, LIONS, NEL! 23-13: Coetzee tries to run back a kick from Watts but slips in the process. Cheetahs receive possession but then knock on so the Lions are on the ball. Space out wide for the replacement Nel who scores! Nice wide pass from des Fountain and Kriel creates the offload for Nel to score. Jantjies converts.
57 Nyakane and Ebersohn receiving treatment. Cheetahs scrum is again rushed backwards but Prinsloo comes away with the ball. Lions pinged for not releasing so the Cheetahs have the penalty and clear to touch.
56 Lions penalty so Jantjies prods the ball into the corner - good opportunity for the Lions. Driving maul goes to ground, Cronje thumped back in the tackle and loses the ball in the process. Cheetahs scrum just in front of their own posts.
54 Rhule is deemed to be in touch, so the Lions have the lineout. Britz carries the ball up and Boshoff clears, but not far so the Cheetahs remain on the attack.
53 Cheetahs with the ball for the first time this half threatening the Lions' 22. Up to five metres out after Nyakane drives. Time off as Rhule looks to have beaten to a try by the touchline, but the referee is checking upstairs.
50 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 23-6: Big scrum again for the Lions who win a penalty. Lots of possession so far but nothing to show for it, so Jantjies goes for the posts. Over it goes.
48 Lineout for the Lions five metres out but they butcher that attack, the Cheetahs cleaning up the loose ball and getting the kick away. Lions back on the attack from the resulting lineout, the visitors have had all the ball so far this half but unable to make anything of it. Wepener replaced by R Coetzee and Van Rooyen on for Van Der Linde as the Lions have an attacking scrum.
46 Britz under pressure at the base of the scrum but Pretorius is offside, so the Lions have an advantage. Nothing gained there so we come back to the mark to the left of the posts, Minnie pointing to the corner.
44 Lions gradually building the phases inside Cheetahs territory, Jantjies almost working an opening for Volmink. Lions scrum five metres out.
42 Smit's restarts sails straight out, so we have a Lions scrum. Visitors making little ground but the ball comes off a Cheetahs hand, so the Lions will put in again.
41 Smit begins the second half, with the Cheetahs surely targeting a try bonus point now.
CHEETAHS 23-3 LIONS
40 Penalty to the Lions inside their own half as the hooter sounds, Boshoff lining up a very long-range shot at goal from 60 metres out. His attempt falls short as the Lions run into the changing rooms to assess where it's gone wrong. The Cheetahs though, their scrum aside, have been outstanding. Second half coming up.
39 TRY, CHEETAHS, PRETORIUS! 23-3: Great try for the dynamic Pretorius - Tecklenburg falling for the dummy as the number nine scampers over. Smit converts.
38 Sadie chips over the top of the defence brilliantly - a cruel bounce of the ball for Coetzee who carries it over his own try line, scrum five to the Cheetahs.
37 Good defensive work from the Cheetahs, from Ebersohn again, sees them win a scrum just on halfway. Free kick and Pretorius taps and goes. Minnie comes round to take the loose ball but knocks on, so another Cheetahs scrum.
35 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 16-3: Big lead now for the Cheetahs as Smit adds his third penalty of the night.
33 TMO rules no clear evidence of grounding, good work from the Lions scrum-half Cronje, so we have a Cheetahs five metre scrum. Big drive from the Lions so the hosts are forced backwards initially. Another penalty for the Cheetahs - this time they elect to kick at goal.
32 Cheetahs with the attacking scrum five metres out; is Prinsloo over from the driving off the base? Upstairs to the TMO we go.
30 YELLOW CARD, LIONS, JANTJIES! Exciting play from the Cheetahs as Smit finds space and kicks long, forcing Jantjies to run the ball into touch five metres out. A scuffle follows off the ball between Jantjies and Rhule and Jantjies goes to the bin!
29 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 13-3: Another long-range strike from Smit sails over as the Cheetahs extend their lead.
27 Solid platform for the Cheetahs as Pretorius spins the ball out. Half-gap for the number nine who just about keeps his balance, Britz though wins the turnover at the breakdown. Kicked long to Rhule who spins out of on tackle but goes down. Cheetahs spreading the play wide, Nyakane with a rumble. Penalty advantage as Roux is penalised for side entry. Smit eyes up the posts.
26 Space for Coetzee on the right wing but he's penalised for not releasing, so Smit kicks the ball long for the lineout. Cronje on for Meyer for the Lions.
24 PENALTY, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 10-3: The seven-point gap is restored as Smit sends the penalty over.
23 Cheetahs win the lineout and then a penalty at the breakdown, Lions pinged for not releasing. Smit lining up a shot at goal.
22 Prinsloo runs back a tricky box kick as the Cheetahs attack, Ebersohn and Watts combining. The ball though is ripped loose in the tackle but the Lions can't make anything of it as the ball goes into touch.
20 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 7-3: The Springbok finds his range from 40 metres out to put the visitors on the board.
18 Scrum reset and the Lions win the penalty, clearing the danger. On the attack around the halfway mark, Jantjies running hard and then the Lions win a penalty at the breakdown as the Cheetahs fail to release. Jantjies going for goal.
16 Cheetahs opting for that driving maul, Prinsloo at the back. Told to use it but they fail to do so and concede a scrum, despite making apparent progress. Lions scrum five metres from their own line.
14 Solid scrum as Jantjies clears long, mark called by Daniller. Lineout for the Lions just on halfway. Even territory so far as the Lions go to Britz at the back. Visitors over halfway but that's a great turnover in the tackle by Ebersohn, Cheetahs pressing forward through Smit who grubbers. Coetzee caught by three tacklers and bundled into touch in the 22.
12 Cheetahs playing wide and Rhule has space, but a tap tackle brings him down. Slow ball at the ruck so the Lions have a scrum inside their half.
10 Pretorius replies the kickoff with a kick of his own up to the Cheetahs ten metre line. Taken by Venter, Volmink off his wing on the crash ball. Lions working the phases outside the 22, Coetzee on a clever inside line. It comes to nothing though, the Lions penalised for holding on so Watts clears up to halfway.
8 TRY, CHEETAHS, SADIE! 7-0: ...for Sadie to make the outside break and cross in the left-hand corner. Good management from Pretorius and the hosts, with Smit landing the conversion from out wide.
7 Lions lineout on their own ten metre line is turned over. Wide they go but Sadie's pass is forward, or so it seemed. Backwards off a Lions player and then the chip goes into touch off a Lion for a Cheetahs lineout. Pretorius through the gap but he's thumped by Ruan Venter. Lions offside as the Cheetahs reach the 22 - Cheetahs working the ball through the middle to work the space out wide...
6 Lions lineout ball is quick but the Cheetahs pop the ball loose in the tackle, des Fountain losing possession there. Cheetahs clear long but the Lions run it back, Jantjies opting for the kick for Watts to catch and then launch an excellent kick into touch.
5 Huge drive from the Lions causes Prinsloo problems at the base, the number eight somehow staying in-field as Watts hoofs the ball away. Cheetahs still stuck around their 22.
3 Attacking lineout then for the Lions - taken at the front. Driving maul making ground towards the Cheetahs try line, but that's good defensive work from the hosts; holding the ball up in the maul so they win the scrum.
1 Penalty to the Cheetahs at the breakdown, Watts clears long over halfway. Turned over by the Lions who have numbers, Jantjies' pass though slows the play down. Penalty to the visitors within range, so Jantjies will have a shot at goal.
Elton Jantjies of the Lions gets us underway. Here we go!
A clear night at Free State Stadium, a little dew on the field but perfect conditions for running rugby.
Johan Ackermann has made four changes to his Lions forward pack, following last weekend's 32-38 victory over the GWK Griquas in Kimberley. CJ van der Linde will start at loosehead as Jacques van Rooyen drops to the bench. Willie Wepener will also start this match at hooker with Robbie Coetzee providing cover off the wood. Bees Roux will start at tighthead, while Warwick Tecklenberg has been promoted from the bench.
Free State Cheetahs head coach Naka Drotske has made two injury enforced changes to his side for their Currie Cup clash with the Golden Lions. The hosts will have to make do without two key players, Philip van der Walt and lock Lood de Jager, who are both struggling with injuries. They have been replaced by Davon Raubenheimer and Waltie Vermeulen respectively, with Tertius Daniller subsequently making the replacement bench.
Hello and welcome to Bloemfontein for Friday's Currie Cup match between the Free State Cheetahs and Golden Lions.
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