Jantjies’ boot edges Cheetahs

2012-02-25 21:19

Johannesburg - Elton Jantjies landed a Super 15-record nine penalties in a game as the Lions edged South African rivals the Cheetahs 27-25 in a kickfest on Saturday.

Jantjies provided all of the Lions' points as he won his duel with Cheetahs No. 10 Johan Goosen, leading the home team back from a 22-12 deficit in the opening round.

Jantjies' record-breaking ninth shot in the 74th minute gave the Lions the lead for the first time since the opening 10 minutes at Ellis Park.

Prop WP Nel scored the only try when he crashed over from close range for the Cheetahs in the ninth, but Jantjies and Goosen then embarked on a personal battle, with Jantjies' 27 points eventually edging Goosen's 20 points to carry the Lions home.



Penalties: Elton Jantjies (9)


Try - WP Nel
Conversion- Johan Goosen
Penalties - Goosen (5)
Drop goal - Goosen


  • Nico - 2012-02-25 21:56

    Wasn't an awesome game, but the LIONS WON!! last year we would have been lucky to get a bonus point out of the game, this year we bunkered down and got the win :) The lions need some serious game time, but there was glimpses of the type of game that made us CC champions :) Next lady for a shave is hurricanes :)

      Marius - 2012-02-26 07:12

      @ Dirk. I agree. Goosen definitely looked the part more than Jantjies. And it wasn't his injury that cost the Cheetahs the game, but rather the ridiculous yellow card Mark Lawrence gave Goosen. Brussouw lived on the edge, but that was the first penalty against Goosen for anything in the whole game and he gets a yellow for it. It was those 10 miniutes that gave the Lions the game. de Bruyn missed a penalty that Goosen would have slotted with his eyes closed which would have given the Cheetahs a 7 point lead and having to play with 14 men is what then made them conced all those penalties that enabled the Lions to pull it through.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-02-26 07:59

      Ridiculous? It was a very dangerous tackle, did you not watch the slo mo replay? Wikus was taken off on a stretcher. If ever there was a one eyed opinion - and I'm a Sharks fan - so this is a neutral opinion. Sad there are so many penalties, its making rugby boring.

      Warren - 2012-02-26 17:49

      @ Chum Scrubber: Umm... you're talking about the Andries Strauss' yellow card, did you not watch the slo mo replay? And the "thumbs up" you got must be from other Shark supporters, ha ha ha!!! (FYI, of course.)

  • Fanie - 2012-02-25 22:55

    Well done Lions

  • Ockie - 2012-02-26 07:12

    I'll be quite honest ... I expected more from this game. It is 2 of the teams in SA that play good rugby to watch. Unfortunately a lot of errors occur. The Lions started to play their winning rugby of 2011 in the last 10 minutes. Lucky for them, Goosen got injured, and the penalty kick were missed that could have changed the outcome. Come on Lions ... you can do better than this!

  • Willie - 2012-02-26 08:10

    Lions, welgedaan, hou so aan !! Willie

  • Rooster - 2012-02-26 08:11

    Well done Lions not a game to remember apart from a Lions win, maybe I am wrong but it seems that Naka's game plan revolves around Goosens big boot and the moment he is off then plans go wrong. the impression I get is that pre game the Freestate's brain power bargains that at any given game they should get a certain amount of points of his boot so the moment you get a well disciplined side not giving away penalties they will always be in trouble and last night the Lions gave him too much ammo and he nearly sinked them.

  • J.D. - 2012-02-26 08:47

    I like both the flyhalves but as for the kicking contest the judgement on who won can only be passed when both played the full 80 minutes. Goosen played only 60.

  • Chris - 2012-02-26 08:57

    Wat kan n' man nou sê en dit is en was n' harde dag vir altwee spanne en eks trors op die Leeus dit laat n' man somer beter voel .My leeu span moet net leer om drie te druk dan sal dit beter gaan.

      Rooster - 2012-02-26 16:28

      Chris moenie bekommerd wees nie hulle driee sal kom, as jy kyk na die laaste 10 min is dit die rugby wat hulle moet speel, en hulle moet op hou tyd mors agter die los gemale en die bal vinniger skoon maak dan sal dit ook beter gaan.

  • Gerhard Grobler - 2012-02-26 09:27

    Defnitief die beste game van die naweek. Net jammer die Leeus het eers die laaste 10min wakker geskrik.. Albei hierdie spanne, Leeus en Cheetahs gaan amok maak vanjaar!!!

  • sandile.vanheerden - 2012-02-26 10:25

    Good to see the boys winning a close game. In the past we would have lost that one. Mature performance. On to the Canes now!

  • Bomb - 2012-02-26 10:39

    Who do you want to take aim at the posts from 55m if it can change a game? Jantjies, or Goosen?

      Nico - 2012-02-26 13:42

      from 55m, goosen ... or ... francois steyn ... or ... jaco taute (did it in CC final) ... there is a number of players that can do it now, to be flyhalf you need more though, you need to control the game, put your backline in gaps and be solid on defence, yesterday Jantjies was the better flyhalf. not saying he is better than goosen, but yesterday he was :)

      Bomb - 2012-02-27 09:13

      Nico, im sure there can be a lot of possible answers, unfortunately you have to pick a player with the MOST overall qualities. You cannot pick players to negate a key position's (flyhalf) shortcomings ie.picking a long distance kicker to supplement Jantjies at flyhalf. In my opinion, F Steyn is not nearly the player he was a couple of years ago, bulked up too much which has seriously affected his play, and I dont believe he will make the team again. Don't get me wrong, although Jantjies is very talented, I think his one serious flaw is the distance he kick to the posts. And in international matches, 3 points can make the difference between a win and a loss. Agree, Jantjies looked better, a little bit, and currently apart from MSteyn, Jantjies and Goosen, there's no other competition in that department. Steyn can kick, but his distribution and attacking is poor. Maybe time to look at Goosen/Jantjies for the next WCup.

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  • Butch - 2012-02-26 11:43

    Lions will have to upt their standards - urgently need to import a few key position players - their depth is little thin -everybody enjoys the lions but they must put in more - investment wise as well.- it will be sad if they fall back to 2010.

      Bomb - 2012-02-27 09:14

      Hey Butch, with what money will they import new players???

      Leon - 2012-02-27 10:58

      Agree with Bomb. Also have to admit that I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that these "no name" boys are teaching some of our boks a thing or two.

  • Vic - 2012-02-26 12:59

    Where the hell do Dirk & Zion come from, talking about Bryce Lawrence.?! Surely if you guys know anyhting about rugby, you'll know that BL is NOT refereeing at all at the moment (gone back to school) & certainly won't be coming to SA to referee, in the near future.!! Mark Lawrence is one of SA's best referees----get with it, so you can talk sense, instead of garbage.!!!! At least Paul & Marius know their stuff.!! Altho' I come from Jhb originally, I simply cannot bring myself round to being a "Lions supporter", in any sport at all. They did well in the CC last year & deserved their win & I sure hope that both the Lions & Cheethas have good 2012 Super15 seasons, as both of them are normally at the bottom of the pile.?!! Stormers & then Sharks supporter.!!!!

      Rassie - 2012-02-26 14:03

      'N maklikke opsomming van die wedstryd is as jy met nege strafskoppe 'n wedstryd op die vlak verloor het die Cheetas 'n ernstige disikliene pobleem en as hulle dit nie reg maak voor saterdag nie gaan Morne Steyn hulle ook erg straf en dit is maklik om die skydsregter te blameer' hulle maak ook foute beide kante toe maar nege gesaagde strafskoppe vertel die hele verhaal en verder " spoil " dit nog boonop die wedsryd want die spelers wat bly oortree beroof die toeskouers van goeie rugby

      Zion - 2012-02-26 14:18

      Vic, wake up and smell the flowers. Nobody stated that BL was officiating any game but a reference was made, by myself, to BL re the local attitude towards him because the Bokke are losers. and I come out of a hell called Sunny South Africa ; Twit. Just reread the comment properly before you make a fool of yourself again.

      Zion - 2012-02-26 14:22

      Rassie, ons sal nie somer weer n wedstryd sien waar eenkant al sy punte wen deurdat die opposisie vuil spel lewer en foute maak. Die uitslag van 27/25 mag n rekord wees. Lions het geen doele aangeteken nie.

      Ridwaan - 2012-02-27 10:21

      FYI Bryce Lawrence DID offciate 2012 Super 15 - Brumbies - Western force game on Friday in Canberra, and he was booed a few times by the crowd for a few things.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-26 13:20

    First home win in 2 years!!!!!

      Mark - 2012-02-26 22:23

      u obviously don`t watch much rugby.

      Denzil - 2012-02-27 10:51

      @Mark 2009 was the last time the lions won a "Super rugby" home game..!!!

  • Karl - 2012-02-26 19:13

    good game

  • Jco - 2012-02-26 20:36

    Rugby ondersteuners, nou verstaan ek glad nie. Een span wen met skoppe dan is dit "mooi rugby"! 'n Ander span wen met skoppe, dan is dit die slegste styl rugby wat gespeel word! Die een span wen met die ref, dan is dit vergelding of terug betaling. Hoe dit ook is, RUGBY BLY "N LEKKER DING"!

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