Home team Away Team


  • Ebersohn (2),
    Penalty goals: Goosen (3), Ebersohn,
    Conversions: Goosen (2),
26 - 5


  • Grobbelaar,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 7th Apr 2012
  • KO 14:00

Cheetahs outpace Lions

Derby clash settled in opening 40 minutes

Last updated: 7th April 2012  

Cheetahs wing Willie le Roux brought down

Willie Le Roux: his break set up the second try

Robert Ebersohn

Robert Ebersohn: Two tries for the Cheetahs

Related links


Also see

Two tries from Robert Ebersohn helped the Cheetahs to a comfortable 26-5 success over the Lions in Bloemfontein.

The hosts were never in trouble and led 23-0 at the break, with Cobus Grobelaar's try for the Lions very much a consolation.

Johan Goosen got the scoreboard going with a 20th-minute penalty, just after he had narrowly failed to land a monster 66-metre effort.

With the Cheetahs dominating the lineout, the Lions' share of possession soon dried up, although rookie flanker Paul Willemse did his best to disrupt things.

The Cheetahs attacked well through Ebersohn, though, and it was no surprise when he opened the scoring. He danced his way through the line after WP Nel collected a poor kick from Jaco Taute.

The discipline of the Lions slumped after that and the Ebersohn grabbed his second five-pointer after Willie Le Roux broke through.

Sensing a need to make something happen, the Lions were unable to make the most of a spell of pressure close to their opponents' line and, when Goosen punted another penalty before the break, it was essentially game over at 23-0.

The same thing happened in the second half, with the Lions camping out in Cheetah territory for a good five minutes, only to come away empty handed.

They would cross the stripe eventually, though, with flanker Grobbelaar cashing in on a fine break from Michael Bondesio.

But there would be no comeback, with Sias Ebersohn kicking a victory-sealing penalty after replacing Goosen.

World Cup. Click here to bet.
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday 6th March
Super Rugby
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs
15:05Cheetahs vs Bulls
17:10Stormers vs Sharks
Friday 13th March
06:35Hurricanes vs Blues
11:00Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels
Saturday 14th March
03:30Crusaders vs Lions
06:35Highlanders vs Waratahs
08:40Reds vs Brumbies
13:00Stormers vs Chiefs
15:05Cheetahs vs Sharks
Friday 20th March
06:35Highlanders vs Hurricanes
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Lions
Saturday 21st March
06:35Crusaders vs Cheetahs
15:05Bulls vs Western Force
17:10Sharks vs Chiefs
Sunday 22nd March
05:05Waratahs vs Brumbies
Friday 27th March
06:35Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels
09:00Reds vs Lions
Saturday 28th March
05:30Chiefs vs Cheetahs
06:35Highlanders vs Stormers
08:40Waratahs vs Blues
15:05Sharks vs Western Force

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com