Lions shock Cheetahs in Bloem
Bloemfontein - The Lions have kicked off this year's Super Rugby competition with a
bang, beating the Cheetahs 21-20 in the Free State Stadium in
Bloemfontein on Saturday.
AS IT HAPPENED: Cheetahs v Lions
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VIDEO: Highlights - Cheetahs vs Lions
VIDEO: Marnitz Boshoff drop goal
Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff kicked all the points for the visitors and sunk the hosts with a drop goal in the final minute.
Cheetahs would be devastated after dominating most of the play,
exploiting the inexperienced side the Lions brought to the City of
Many of the visiting team earned their first Super Rugby
cap against the Cheetahs, but it was the superior performance by Boshoff
which pulled it through for the Lions.
The Cheetahs started at a
frantic pace and had two kickable penalties inside the first five
minutes. Springbok fly half Johan Goosen however struggled with his boot
and squandered both opportunities.
The Lions' defence held their
own and progressed into the Cheetahs' half where Boshoff kicked a
penalty after referee Craig Joubert reversed one awarded to the
Cheetahs. Goosen levelled the scores with his third attempt.
Cheetahs scored the first try of the 2014 competition after Springbok
full back Willie le Roux broke through and handed off to winger Raymond
Rhule to score in the corner. Goosen converted to give the hosts a
comfortable lead after 20 minutes.
Boshoff kicked another couple
of penalties shortly afterwards to reduce the halftime deficit to a
single point at 10-9 to the hosts.
The second half started with a
try to the Cheetahs after some good pressure on the visitors. Winger
Cornal Hendricks scored his first try in Super Rugby after Le Roux again
played a vital role in the build up, and Goosen converted.
Cheetahs' ill-discipline meant Boshoff reduced the deficit to just two
points after the hosts' replacement flanker Jean Cook was yellow-carded
for a late charge on Boshoff.
Replacement flyhalf Elgar Watts
opened up the game with his penalty for the Cheetahs, but Boshoff again
answered in kind five minutes from full time. It was Boshoff who
clinched the game for the visitors when he kicked a late drop goal.Scorers:
Tries: Raymond Rhule, Cornal Hendricks
Conversions: Johan Goosen (2)
Penalties: Goosen, Elgar Watts
Penalties: Marnitz Boshoff (6)
Drop goal: Boshoff