Cape Town - A brilliant performance from Elton Jantjies guided the Lions to a 39-22 victory against the Cheetahs in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Instrumental in two and scoring one of the three first half-tries Jantjies dictated matters for the home side.
The number ten scored 14 of his side's first half points as they headed into the break with a scoreline of 24-3.
Neil Marais' 10th-minute penalty was the visitors only first half points, but they did however deny the Lions a bonus point victory with two late tries from Tiaan Meyer and Jacques du Toit.
Lions' captain Warren Whiteley, replacement flanker Cyle Brink and Ruan Ackermann ran rampant as they linked with the backline and tested the Cheetahs' defence creating space not only out wide but in the middle.
Midfielders Lionel Mapoe and Howard Mnisi also interlinked with the ever present Ruan Combrinck gaining valuable metres to secure a 17-point victory.Scorers:
Jantjies, de Klerk, Mnisi, Ackermann, Fourie
Combrinck, Jantjies 3
Jaco van der Walt
Petersen, Meyer, du Toit
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15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Neil Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Boom Prinsloo, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Fred Zeilinga