Bloemfontein - The Toyota Cheetahs were by far the
better outfit in their 26-5 victory over the Lions in their Super Rugby
match at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.
The Cheetahs scored
two good tries as they recorded their third win in a game in which
they led from start to finish. The Cheetahs were good on the attack and
clinical in their defence, conceding only five points to a lacklustre
The Cheetahs attacked from almost everywhere on the field
and gained good ground, but their inability to keep the ball in hand in
contact situations killed many of their chances.
Much the same
could be said of the Lions. In the 15th minute flanker Derick Minnie
broke away but the visitors could not convert their possession into
Cheetahs fly half Johan Goosen slotted a penalty through
the posts in the 20th minute to give his side the lead. That was after
he almost stunned the visitors in the sixth minute with a huge penalty
kick of 66 metres, which went just wide of the upright.
struggled in the lineouts, although youngster Paul Willemse did well
in his debut match. He tackled well and even managed to stop burly
Cheetahs flank Ashley Johnson dead in his tracks a couple of times.
Cheetahs managed a couple of good attacks and centre Robert Ebersohn
scored the home side's first try, an brilliant individual effort after
prop WP Nel collected a poor kick from Lions fullback Jaco Taute.
Lions suddenly were under a lot of pressure resulting in unnecessary
penalties for high tackles and shoulder charges which Goosen kicked with
ease. Ebersohn scored his second five pointer after Cheetahs wing Willie le Roux broke through some poor defence.
In the last three
minutes of the first half the Lions put the Cheetahs under immense
pressure on their goal line, but despite giving away multiple penalties
in the dying seconds, the Cheetahs defence was rock solid and the Lions
were left wanting.
Lions came out all guns blazing in the second
half, but the visitors still could not convert some good possession
Even when they set up camp on the Cheetahs goal line for a
good five minutes, they were unable to break through the Cheetahs solid
The Lions finally managed to score their
first try of the game in the 65th minute when flank Cobus Grobbelaar
went over after a good break by replacement scrum half Michael Bondesio.
That was just after Lions wing Andries Coetzee was denied in the
corner by good defence from Cheetahs fullback Hennie Daniller.
Sias Ebersohn kicked another penalty after Grobbelaar's try after which neither side troubled the scorers.
Cheetahs: Tries: Robert Ebersohn (2). Conversions: Johan
Goosen (2). Penalties: Goosen (3), Sias Ebersohn
Lions: Tries: Cobus