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2014/02/15 | 17:05 |  Super Rugby | Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein |  Full Time
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As it happened: Cheetahs v Lions

2014-02-15 15:32
Last Updated at 14:21

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley

18:50 - In next weekend's matches, the Lions host the Stormers at Ellis Park (Saturday, February 22 at 19:10), while the Cheetahs welcome the Bulls to Bloemfontein on Friday, February 21 (19:10)

18:49 - Kudos to Johan Ackermann's men - and Marnitz Boshoff in particular (on debut nogal) for his match-winning six penalties and a drop goal.

Early days, but the Cheetahs don't look a patch on the side that finished sixth in the overall standings last season.


21-20 to the Lions in Bloemfontein as the FULL-TIME whistle sounds

18:48 - Boshoff drops back into the pocket and slots the drop goal to give the Lions a 21-20 lead after 79 minutes

18:48 - OH. MY. WORD

Marnitz Boshoff you biscuit!

18:45 - Oh dear. Elgar Watts what were you thinking my boy?!

He misses a sitter from right in front to give the Cheetahs breathing space.

Will that come back to haunt them?

18:44 - Hats off to the Lions for a brave effort. The Cheetahs will be in for a tongue-lashing - and no doubt some extra push-ups at practice this week...

18:43 - Frantic stuff by the Lions who swing it left, right and left again - and are awarded a penalty... which Boshoff successfully lands to narrow the gap to TWO once again


With 10 minute sto play, Elgar Watts - on for Johan Goosen - adds a PENALTY.

Cheetahs 20-15 after 70 minutes

18:36 - Johan Goosen leaves the field clutching his arm. He's had a tough afternoon and been a regular recipient of medical attention


Both coaches will have reason to be fuming on the touchline at present!

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske for the way his team are playing at home, and Johan Ackermann as his team butchers not one, but TWO try-scoring opportunities due to knock-ons!


Replacement Jean Cook sees yellow for a late and dangerous tackle.

Boshoff adds the resultant penalty to narrow the gap to 17-15...

18:25 - The Cheetahs lead 17-12 after 60 minutes.

That's 20 minutes to get two more tries and a bonus point that will be vital come the end of the season considering pretty much every opponent the Lions play this season will be eyeing them as a "five-pointer"

18:25 - The Lions are back within five points of the Cheetahs thanks to a fourth penalty by flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff

18:18 - Sarel Pretorius enters the fray at scrumhalf for the Cheetahs - winning his 68th Super Rugby cap

18:16 - Goosen gets up after being injured in the build-up to the try to add the CONVERSION

Cheetahs lead 17-9 after 52 minutes

18:14 - Both Cheetahs wings are now on the scoreboard as Cornal Hendricks goes over for the home side's second try



Trevor Nyakane on the field for Coenie Oosthuizen


Cheetahs fullback Willie le Roux has either been very hot - or ice cold today.

He's been involved in every Cheetahs attack and set up their try, but has had butterfingers in equal measure

18:10 - PICTURE

Happy Lions fans! (via Twitter)

18:07 - TWEET

Cheetahs up 7-2 in turnovers won, and 54-44 in tackles made ... Carries are 46 a piece ... Pretty damn toight at the moment - Front Row Grunt

18:06 - CROWD

No confirmation of the crowd in attendance today, but certainly no where near capacity

18:05 - LET'S PLAY!

Craig Joubert gets the second half started in Bloemfontein

17:52 - See you in 10 minutes!


Stern words no doubt at the break from Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske who won't be happy with his side's performance in the first 40 minutes against a Lions team sporting six debutants and last having played Super Rugby as a team in 2012.


Marnitz Boshoff adds a third penalty on the stroke of half-time to narrow the deficit to 10-9 at half-time in Bloemfontein.


For those Stormers fans out there you won't want to read that your team is trailing 24-7 at half-time in their final Super Rugby warm-up match in a boiling hot Wellington

17:45 - TWEET

I like Raymond Kofi Rhules commitment on defence,his getting the balance right,good prospect that boy! - Breyton Paulse

17:42 - Despite what Bob Skinstad says to the contrary, scrappy play from both sides in the first half. Typical 'first match of the season' stuff

17:38 - And just as the Cheetahs score, they concede a penalty... Boshoff adds three points to the Lions' tally.

The Cheetahs lead 10-6 after 31 minutes

17:37 - PICTURE

Rhule, 21, scored his sixth Super Rugby try of his career (via Twitter)

17:33 - Goosen adds the CONVERSION

Cheetahs lead 10-3 after 26 minutes

17:32 - The Lions break out from their 22m but spill the ball around halfway. Willie le Roux counter-attacks and offloads to Rhule on his outside who goes over untouched


Cheetahs flyer RAYMOND RHULE!


The enigma that is Johan Goosen as he lands the third - and toughest - penalty to give the Cheetahs a share of the lead at 3-3 after 20 minutes.

17:22 - Penalty to the Cheetahs, but REVERSED for indiscipline.

And Lions No 10 Marnitz Boshoff gives the Lions a 3-0 lead against the run of play!

17:21 - Scrappy opening 15 minutes to the match.

It must be said, the Free State Stadium has never looked greener!

17:20 - TWEET

Both Cheetahs props are Oosthuizen's but not related ... Caylib not so sharp in first scrum ... Both not so good on own ball in last one - Front Row Grunt

17:17 - It's all the Cheetahs in the opening 11 minutes but the scoreboard remains 0-0...

17:16 - TWEET

Lions make silly errors at the moment,trying to found their momentum! - Breyton Paulse

17:14 - TWEET

First scrum of S15 2014 end with a short arm ... Oi vei! - Front Row Grunt

17:12 - Oh dear!

Woeful kick in perfect conditions by Goosen. He'll have to do FAR better than that should the Cheetahs have any aspirations of doing well in this year's tournament.

17:11 - Another penalty to the Cheetahs, this time in a far easier position for Goosen to give the hosts the lead.

17:08 - First penalty goes to the Cheetahs, but flyhalf Johan Goosen pulls it to the left of the upright



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If things weren't bad enough for the Lions, a late change at No 9!

Francois de Klerk replaces Michael Bondesio.

16:51 - PICTURE

Jan Braai about to, um, braai in Bloemfontein (via Twitter)

16:49 - DID YOU KNOW?

The Cheetahs and Lions have clashed NINE times previously in Super Rugby, with the Cheetahs holding a 5-4 edge.

The average score in those previous matches is 31-20 to the side from Bloemfontein.


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Sunny skies at Free State Stadium should offer the perfect platform for running rugby.

16:44 - DID YOU KNOW?

Johan Ackermann's Lions' XV includes SIX Super Rugby debutants - Chrysander Botha, Marnitz Boshoff, Franco Mostert, Julian Redelinghuys, Robbie Coetzee and Schalk van der Merwe.

16:43 - Nick Mallett and Naas Botha in the SuperSport studio discussing the match - no change in personal there...

16:42 - Twenty off minutes to go until the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament blasts into action!


If you don't believe the bookies, maybe you'll take Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley's predictions to the bank...

Click HERE for Garrin's thoughts...


The Cheetahs will top the Super Rugby log after the first match of the season - if bookmakers are to be believed...

Click HERE to read what the bookies say...

16:00 - PICTURE

Another battle promises to be between the loose forwards... including Lappies Labuschagne and Derek Minnie (Gallo Images)

16:00 - PICTURE

One key match-up in today's match will certainly be in midfield between Johann Sadie and Lionel Mapoe (Gallo Images)


Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


2012: Cheetahs won 26-5, Welkom
2012: Lions won 27-25, Johannesburg
2011: Cheetahs won 53-19, Johannesburg
2011: Lions won 25-20, Bloemfontein
2010: Cheetahs won 59-10, Welkom



15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Rynhardt Landman, 20 Jean Cook, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Ryno Benjamin


15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Coenie van Wyk, 23. Alwyn Hollenbach

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Cheetahs and Lions from the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

  • 80'


  • 80'

    The Lions are back! A dramatic late win is sealed. The Cheetahs turnover the ball but Strauss knocks the ball on in the tackle, the Lions snatching the win at the death thanks to a drop goal from the excellent Marnitz Boshoff on his Super Rugby debut. So much expectation on the Cheetahs and they've fallen at the first hurdle. What a finish.

  • 79'

    DROP GOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 20-21: Lions up to the 22 and battering around the fringes. Boshoff back in the pocket... HE GETS IT! The Lions ahead with less than a minute on the clock!

  • 78'

    Lions within a penalty to win but pinned right back in their own half. They have the ball deep, Botha chipping into space and the ball comes back Britz's way. Cheetahs need discipline here, Lions in kicking range.

  • 77'

    Watts has a chance to restore the five-point advantage only to miss the kick! Drama at Free State Stadium as this one heads for the wire.

  • 75'

    LIONS, PENALTY, BOSHOFF! 20-18: That Cheetahs advantage doesn't last long, Boshoff sinking another three-pointer and the Lions are right back in this.

  • 73'

    Lions back on the attack in Cheetahs territory. Brilliant chip and chase just doesn't come off but the Lions won't give up, flinging runners into the tackle as they look for gaps. Cook's time in the bin is up as the Cheetahs turn the ball over.

  • 71'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS! 20-15: Over it goes from the replacement and the Cheetahs build a five-point advantage.

  • 71'

    Landman on for the Cheetahs and the hosts get the penalty at the scrum. Watts with a chance to ease those nerves for the home fans with this penalty...

  • 70'

    Botha clears right down the middle of the pitch for Hendricks. The former sevens star chips it over the top and then Boshoff knocks on trying to collect it. Cheetahs scrum in the Lions half.

  • 68'

    Boshoff tries a sceptical drop goal which falls short, before Venter produces an excellent long-range kick to touch.

  • 66'

    Lions secure the lineout and attack the Cheetahs 22. Lengthy build-up as they try and take advantage of Cook's sin-binning... but the ball goes forward! Pretorius kicks long and the Lions scramble, Cheetahs winning the lineout. But the quick take is disastrous as Botha runs it forward, the Lions losing the ball short five metres out. Watts clears.

  • 64'

    High ball taken by Whiteley who spins out of the tackle and then Boshoff pins the Cheetahs back into the corner. Lions growing in confidence now.

  • 63'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 17-15: Boshoff steps up to convert the resulting penalty, his fifth of the game. Lions now with a fighting chance of snatching a win here.

  • 61'

    YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, COOK! Cheetahs scrummaging far too high as the Lions win another penalty. Prinsloo off and replaced by Cook. Late tackle from Cook straight after coming on and he heads to the bin!

  • 59'

    Sadie trying to release Rhule down that far touchline but he just can't get his hands working. So much promising build-up from the Cheetahs but the execution just isn't happening. Lions scrum.

  • 57'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 17-12: Pretorius infringes at the breakdown and Boshoff lines up his fourth penalty. No problem - Lions draw within five.

  • 54'

    Scrum penalty to the Lions this time, Nyakane on and not pushing straight. Lineout won by van der Merwe, but the ball is ripped and the Cheetahs look wide. Penalty and they kick to touch.

  • 51'

    Fine clearance kick from Le Roux as the Lions trot back. Goosen down yet again as the Lions are kept on their 22 before kicking. Sadie and Hendricks combine well before Pretorius knocks on, replacing Venter at scrum-half.

  • 48'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, HENDRICKS! 17-9: Lions pinged for coming in at the side and Goosen angles a kick back into the visitors' half. Fine break from Venter right into the 22 and he's taken high there. Long Cheetahs attack before Venter knocks on. Back for the penalty, tapped quick by Hendricks and the Cheetahs go wide through Le Roux to Hendricks for the second try! Goosen down for more attention before running over to take the conversion, which he lands.

  • 47'

    TMO called to double check an off-field incident involving Mostert being tripped, but there's nothing in it. Goosen's kick across field is caught by Hendricks who releases the Le Roux, but the full-back has no room and his kick flies into touch. Lions lineout on the halfway line.

  • 46'

    Boshoff's kick isn't great but it bounces back the Lions way before Krier breaks. Turned over yet again by the Cheetahs but with a four-on-two outside Le Roux knocks the ball on. The Springbok not playing at his best so far.

  • 44'

    Cheetahs' execution lets them down again and Combrinck grubbers down the line to pin the hosts back. Fine clearance though from Le Roux, both teams playing with more caution early on in this half to try and cut down those errors.

  • 42'

    Cheetahs trying to work a brilliant attack as Rhule runs into the 22, but the ball is lost. Botha caught by Hendricks and a few phases later Boshoff makes a handling error to give the Cheetahs a midfield scrum.

  • 40'

    Goosen starts the second half, Botha getting the kick away for the Lions but it doesn't go far - the Cheetahs with a promising lineout now just on that Lions 22.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 10-9: Boshoff steps up and goes three from three with his kicks so far to leave the Lions trailing by just a single point here in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs look scratchy but are threatening to score and are on top overall, but just not taking their chances. Second half coming up.

  • 40'

    Lineout won by Minnie as Krier gets over the 22. Another advantage to the Lions very much in range, Boshoff with the chance to cut that gap to one point.

  • 39'

    Lions take the lineout quickly and Sadie nearly intercepts, but the ball is knocked on. The visitors this time get the scrum penalty, Boshoff off clearing into the opposition half.

  • 37'

    Great turnover defence by Whiteley and Boshoff kicks high, brilliantly taken by Goosen. Prinsloo and van der Walt trying to work the blindside but the ball is scooped up by Bondesio. Lions attacking on halfway, Mostert brought down. Turnover and Prinsloo hacks on, Rhule chasing but the ball beats him into touch.

  • 36'

    Super scrum from the Cheetahs who clear long - too long in fact, Botha touching down the kick for a dropout. Game not quite coming to life as the intensity builds, the Cheetahs should certainly be ahead by more. Errors playing a big role.

  • 34'

    Van der Walt alone at the back and doesn't want the kick. Should be trouble but the Cheetahs cling on and then clear through Goosen. Minnie onto Whiteley but Combrinck can't bring the pass in. Cheetahs scrum outside their 22.

  • 32'

    Stoppage as Strauss goes down and receives treatment. Lions with a scrum on the far side, huge drive from the Cheetahs but Bondesio gets away. Mapoe straightening and beating tacklers before Rhule puts a big hit on Whiteley. Cheetahs turn the ball over and come wide, Goosen combining with Rhule but Botha has it covered.

  • 30'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 10-6: Nice strike from the number ten and the gap on the scoreboard is cut down to four points.

  • 29'

    Better scrum from the Lions as Watermeyer makes a half break. Penalty to the Lions, Venter not rolling away for the hosts. Boshoff lines up a shot at goal.

  • 26'

    Le Roux hashes a kick safely into touch over halfway, for a Lions lineout. Cheetahs bossing the key areas so far. No room for Botha to attack as Boshoff goes for a long-range drop goal that comes back off the post! Cleared by the Cheetahs who then pressure the Lions in their own half, so we come back for a Lions scrum right on the halfway line.

  • 24'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 10-3: Cheetahs trying to set up the maul but it heads to the touchline before the ball comes loose and the Lions run it clear. But their endeavour backfires as the ball comes loose and Le Roux scoops it up, before releasing Rhule for the try in the corner! It's been coming and now the Cheetahs have that first try. Fine conversion from Goosen.

  • 23'

    Oosthuizen drops the pass but it's not forward as Venter and Prinsloo send the Cheetahs forward in the 22. Lions pinged for not releasing and Goosen goes for the corner instead of the posts. Promising position now.

  • 21'

    Plenty of effort from the Lions but the Cheetahs are too smart at the breakdown, Strauss that time making the turnover with the penalty. Cheetahs back up to the Lions 22.

  • 19'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 3-3: The hosts have their first points to level things up. Goosen recovering from a heavy tackle to land that kick.

  • 17'

    Le Roux's pass to Hendricks goes forwards, so the Lions get the scrum on the far side just in their own half. Lions in real trouble at the scrum as Schalk Van der Merwe is pinged. Goosen aiming to level the scores.

  • 15'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 0-3: Over it goes! So despite all that early pressure from the Cheetahs it's the Lions who bag the first points.

  • 14'

    Solid scrum as van Rensburg carries. Loop from Bondesio comes off but then the Cheetahs win another penalty at the breakdown, before it's reversed after a needless push in the face from Prinsloo. He won't do that again. Boshoff with a chance to put the Lions on the board.

  • 12'

    Boshoff clears long as the Cheetahs look for space. Straight running from Venter before the hosts try and go wide, but Le Roux knocks on in the tackle. Another Lions scrum, but this time in the Cheetahs half.

  • 10'

    A second scrum penalty to the Cheetahs, Redelinghuys the guilty party as Goosen kicks to touch outside the 22. Crash ball from Oosthuizen up the middle and then with a gap in front of him Le Roux drops the ball. Well worked by Venter in the build-up, Lions with the scrum.

  • 8'

    Pass is too far ahead of Oosthuizen from Le Roux so the Lions get a scrum in the Cheetahs half down on the near side. Collapse on the near side but the Lions come away with it, before van der Merwe's pass goes forward. Cheetahs scrum in midfield.

  • 7'

    Goosen hashes a simple kick to the left, hooking the ball as he made contact with the tee. Relief for the Lions.

  • 5'

    Goosen finds a good touch deep in Lions territory. Minnie well tackled by the Cheetahs who turn the ball over for the game's first scrum in the Lions half. Penalty to the Cheetahs and Prinsloo taps and goes. Deep in the Lions 22 with advantage played. No advantage so we come back for another penalty, Goosen going for goal.

  • 3'

    Goosen has the distance but the ball goes down the left side of the posts. Boshoff drops out. Le Roux to Rhule who gets over halfway. Labuschagne running hard before a chip kick doesn't come off and Boshoff clears long.

  • 2'

    Carries from Strauss before Goosen clears long. Botha runs it up, Prinsloo disrupting a little at the ruck. Lions trying to build as they work the ball in the Cheetahs half, but the penalty goes the Cheetahs way. From 60 metres out, Goosen is going for goal.

  • 0'

    High temperatures in Bloemfontein as both sides run out onto the field. Big test this for the Lions coming back into Super Rugby with minimal expectations. Boshoff to get us underway. Super Rugby is back!

  • 0'

    Sunny skies at Free State Stadium will give us the perfect platform for running rugby.

  • 0'

    Johan Ackermann's Lions' XV includes six Super Rugby debutants, namely Chrysander Botha, Marnitz Boshoff, Franco Mostert, Julian Redelinghuys, Robbie Coetzee and Schalk van der Merwe. Warren Whiteley captains from number eight.

  • 0'

    Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske named a full-strength side. Springbok fly-half Johan Goosen makes a return to the side after a long injury lay-off, while Bulls recruit Francois Venter will receive a starting berth at centre. Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane has been named on the bench with Caylib Oosthuizen being named in the starting XV.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to the beginning of Super Rugby 2014 as last season's Wildcard team the Cheetahs host the returning Lions in Bloemfontein.

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Cheetahs Lions
  • 2 Tries 0
    • 23' Raymond Rhule
    • 49' Cornall Hendricks
  • 2 Conversions 0
    • 25' Johan Goosen
    • 51' Johan Goosen
  • 2 Penalties 6
    • 19' Johan Goosen
    • 69' Elgar Watts
    • 15' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 29' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 40' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 57' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 61' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 75' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 0 Drop Goals 1
    • 79' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 61' Jean Cook
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Caylib Oosthuizen
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Coenraad Oosthuizen
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Uys
  • Boom Prinsloo
  • Pieter Labuschagne
  • Phillip Van Der Walt
  • Shaun Venter
  • Johan Goosen
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Francois Venter
  • Johann Sadie
  • Cornall Hendricks
  • Willie le Roux
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  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Franco van der Merwe
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Derick Minnie
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Michael Bondesio
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Deon van Rensburg
  • Chrysander Botha
  • Rayno Barnes
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Nicolaas Van Dyk
  • Rynard Landman
  • Jean Cook
  • Sarel Pretorius
  • Elgar Watts
  • Rayno Benjamin
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  • 23
  • Willie Wepener
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Willie Britz
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Alwyn Hollenbach
  • Coenie van Wyk

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