Cheetahs outclass Lions

2012-04-07 16:51

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 Lions side.

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 points.

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.

The Lions 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.

The 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.

The 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 into points.

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 defensive structures.

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.

Points scorers:

Cheetahs: Tries: Robert Ebersohn (2). Conversions: Johan Goosen (2). Penalties: Goosen (3), Sias Ebersohn

Lions: Tries: Cobus Grobbelaar.


  • Tertius - 2012-04-07 16:55

    well done cheetahs, and well done to the lions for fighting till the end! The lions have good players, but i think they should maybe start looking at new coaching staff, who can shape them to their full potential!

  • Priester - 2012-04-07 17:00

    Congratulations with the win Cheetahs. The Lions seemed flatfooted and it was one of those ball spilling days. Sorry Lion supporters but the Cheetahs were on song and simply the better team. Blou Bul Groete.

  • Paul Maema - 2012-04-07 17:02

    welldone cheetahs

  • Nico - 2012-04-07 17:06

    well done to the cheetahs no offense to the cheetahs team or supporters, but they were not great today. they did not almost looked like the team last week that destroyed the hurricanes. the lions were pathetic. if the players don't want to play, and don't even want to look competitve on the field, SARU got a problem in that they promised the kings a spot next year. contact SARU and offer your spot. will give me lots of extra time over the weekends because then i don't have to watch super rugby anymore!

      Andre - 2012-04-07 17:32

      I agree Nico. They did not look sharp - but let's not forget they have just returned from a four week tour.

      Nico - 2012-04-07 18:27

      I agree Andre, but that is why the Lions should have climb into this game and beaten the Cheetahs, instead it looked as if the Lions where a team that returned from a 10 week tour and flying twice around the earth!

  • Lion - 2012-04-07 17:17

    Ai my Leeus, WTF? Foute, Foute, Foute. Wanneer leer julle? Week na week dieselfde ou storie. Julle is baie baie beter as wat julle seisoen van getuig. Julle moet nou maar vir die Kings plek maak as julle so wil aanploeter. Dis frustrerend vir Leeu supporters om week na week dit te aanskou terwyl ons weet dat julle beter kan doen. Dit gese bly julle my span en ek sal julle support maak nie saak wat nie. SKRIK NET WAKKER!!! Well done Cheetahs. Julle het die wen verdien. Geluk aan die stormers... Jammer Sharkies. Go Bulls.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-07 19:47

      Hello Lion, jou span was hulle eie 'enemy' in die game! Eish, het nie gespeel soos die Leeus nie (ek vat niks weg vd Cheetahs nie - hulle het baie goed gespeel). Jammer man, it sucks!! Hopelik het die Bulle se wen jou pyn effens verflou! Lekker aand verder!

      Lion - 2012-04-08 18:52

      Dankie Rene Dit is darem nou nie so erg dat dit pyn is Dis maar net nie lekker as jy weet die ouens is tot baie beter in staat en hulle flippen sukkel so nie. Maar nou ja. Ek het klaar met hulle "geraas" en ons tel maar koppies op en kyk vorentoe. Ek sal altyd by hulle staan deur dik en dun. Die naweek wat kom is dit weer groot stories met die Leeus en die Bulle. Ons sal maar moet sien wat die uiteinde daar gaan wees jong. Ek se niks en voorspel ook niks. Dis 'n moeilike een vir my. Geniet die rugby blogs, en weereens geluk met jou span ook.

  • lourensv1 - 2012-04-07 18:55

    Great stuff Cheetahs!!!

  • Jaco - 2012-04-07 19:08

    Cheetahs!!! Great stuff....keep it up

  • Willie - 2012-04-08 05:28

    Pragtig Cheetahs - Great stuff Cheetahs - Viva Cheetahs viva!

  • Willie - 2012-04-08 05:47

    Aan Johan Goosen: Geluk met die century punte aangeteken (98 + 13 @ Lions = Nelson 111)

      Tokolos - 2012-04-08 07:30

      Beste Oom Willie Jy moet politiek toe. Tokolos sien jy het 'n groot toekoms. Jy weet van Nelson en van Viva. Ek dink jy is baie slim. Die Youth League kort 'n nuwe president. Viva Oom Willie. Beste wense en sterkte met die politieke loopbaan. Groetnis, TOKOLOS

      Lion - 2012-04-08 18:58

      Wat rook jy Tokolos? Jy light die goed aan die verkeerde kant my maat. Ek weet nie of ek moet lag of huil oor jou uitlatings nie. Ek weet nie of jy regtig snaaks of net plein dom is nie. WTF?

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-04-08 06:12

    Well done Cheetahs Naka has worked wonders with the cheetahs they have brilliant handling skills and run great angles , as for the Lions just getting worse as the season progresses , lets hope Mitch can turn their fortunes around

  • Ockie - 2012-04-08 07:32

    Well done Cheetahs. Sorry Lions ... simply not good enough.

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