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2014-02-14 12:50
Last Updated at 21:31
 SA 140/6 AFTER 43.3 OVERS. AUS 397

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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert and Garrin Lambley

BATSMEN IN : AB de Villiers 52*, Robin Peterson 10*

BATSMEN OUT : Graeme Smith 10, Alviro Petersen 2, Faf du Plessis 3, Hashim Amla 17, JP Duminy 25, Ryan McLaren 8

                                      ***RECAP OF ALL THE DRAMA FROM DAY 1***

17:45 - PICTURE

YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN. When he wasn't tormenting the SA batsmen with his vicious pace bowling, Mitchell Johnson was taking sublime catches in the outfield... (AFP)

17:36 - No doubt that the Proteas are up against it. It will take a magnificent fightback effort from the tail if the South Africans are to fight their way back into it.

De Villiers has to stay there and hope that all of Peterson, Philander, Steyn and Morkel can stay with him as long as possible.

Join us again tomorrow for some more INTERACTIVE COMMENTARY...

17:35 - STUMPS ON DAY 2

Play has officially been called off with the Proteas on 140/6 after 44.3 overs.

Mitchell Johnson, 4/51, was simply sublime and the hosts - with the exception of De Villiers - simply had no answer to his pace.

The game will restart at 10:27 on Friday morning.

17:31 - A bit of thunder and lightning around as well. It's unlikely that we'll see any more play today...

17:27 - And just like that, rain comes down and the players are off...

17:27 - Peterson really struggling under the Johnson bouncers... he's complaining of bad light...

17:18 - AB ready to go now after treatment as Johnson continues to steam in...

17:16 - AB now receiving treatment after being struck on his right hand... lets hope the magic spray can do the trick. SA cannot afford to lose him now...

17:12 - HALF-CENTURY for AB de Villiers. His 35th in Tests.

He has also equalled Viv Richards' world record of scoring a 50 in 11 consecutive Tests.

He is clearly South Africa's best. Should he carry the burden of 'keeping as well?

Send your thoughts to:

17:11 - TWEET

Let's be very clear. Ryan McLaren is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the 'new Jacques Kallis'. He just happens to be an all-rounder - Cricket365

17:07 - Robbie P to the rescue for South Africa?

17:06 - WICKET! McLaren doesn't last much longer. His off-stump is castled by Johnson and he goes for 8. South Africa 126/6.

17:03 - Massive caught behind appeal against McLaren from Lyon. Given not out by umpire Aleem Dar. Australia opt not to review it. Looks close to the edge, but maybe more off his leg and into 'keeper Haddin's gloves.

17:00 - PICTURE

Passing storm clouds over SuperSport Park... (Getty Images)

16:58 - Debutant Alex Doolan takes the helmet at short leg as Johnson bowls to McLaren. Bouncers coming up???

16:56 - Johnson back into the attack for the visitors...


The Proteas batsmen have left 16% of balls compared to Australia leaving 33% on Wednesday.

16:42 - McLaren off the mark with a beatiful cover drive for four off the bowling of Harris.

16:40 - 198

This is the first target South Africa must aim for now in order to avoid the follow on...

16:33 - There was really no need for Duminy to go down the pitch and try hit Lyon out the ground. He looked so good along with De Villiers, but he fell into a trap set by Australian captain Clarke. And you just can't keep Johnson out the game when he's facing the Proteas...

16:30 - Ryan McLaren is the new bastman in...

16:29 - WICKET! Duminy is brilliantly caught in the deep by Johnson off the bowling of Lyon for 25. South Africa 110/5. What a catch from Johnson, running backwards and falling, but held on...

16:27 - Former Australian all-rounder, Andrew Symonds, says this pitch looks like a "new ball wicket". Once the ball gets soft, batting becomes easier.

16:17 - De Villiers brings up South Africa's 100 (off 164 balls) by pulling Harris four four.

16:15 - PICTURE

AB de Villiers, handling the dangerous Mitchell Johnson with care... (AFP)

16:14 - Duminy darts down the pitch and smacks Lyon for six to bring up the 50 partnership - off 83 balls.

16:09 - Australia doing a lot of polishing of the ball with the hardness having gone out of it. They aim is to get reverse-swing, something Johnson can also do...

16:08 - Siddle replaces Johnson with the partnership worth 48 now.

16:05 - The sightscreen won't budge, and ground staff are forced to manually pull a cloth over it...

16:03 - Off-spinner Lyon now back on. Slight delay as they struggle to get a Zebra-looking sponsor off the sightscreen. Always an issue with sightscreens at cricket grounds...

15:57 - A massive bouncer (148.2 km/h) from Johnson sees it go over Duminy's head - as well as 'keeper Haddin - for four byes...

15:51 - De Villiers seems to be handling the dangerous Johnson well. He is playing him largely off the back foot, giving himself a bit more time. That may be the way to go against the speedster...

15:43 - Big lbw appeal from Harris to Duminy. Given not out by Aleem Dar. But no review from the Aussies...

15:43 - TWEET

Love watching De Villiers! He's in my top 5 to watch.. Gayle, Kohli, MSD and Warner are other 4! #entertainers - Kevin Pietersen

15:34 - Harris the second man on after tea. AB is looking good at present. #moreofthesameplease

15:29 - Johnson to start proceedings to De Villiers...

15:28 - Welcome back for the final session. An immensely important one for South Africa. If they crumble here it could be impossible to save this Test...

This partnership - as was the case in Australia's innings - will be pivotal.

15:26 - TWEET

Something about Mitch that rarely gets mentioned is that he is a tall bowler with Malcolm Marshall's low skiddy trajectory - Mike Selvey

15:10 - TEA TIME

South Africa 63/4, trailing by 334. A session of horror for the hosts.

Join us in about 20 minutes for the final session.

15:10 - TWEET

Johnson telling JP Duminy that he's a prick. Obviously doesn't know JP's from the Cape Flats and also knows words starting with P. #savaus - Jeremy Harris

15:07 - Off-spinner Nathan Lyon now into the attack shortly before tea. AB will definitely look to take him on.

15:06 - Duminy marvellously pulls Johnson for four. The Aussie likes none of it and lets Duminy know...


OUT! Hawkeye shows it's plumb, and Amla is out for 17! Massive wicket for Australia. SA in all sorts at 4-43. #SAvAUS - FOX SPORTS Cricket

14:54 - AB taking Johnson on and pulls him for six! Attack is the best form of defence.

14:53 - Danger-man Johnson now back into the attack.

14:52 - JP Duminy next in. Time for "Koppe" to start showing his worth with the bat on...

14:51 - WICKET! Aleem Dar got that horribly wrong. Amla is given out lbw by the third umpire for 17. South Africa in tatters at 43/4.

14:49 - Massive lbw appeal by Siddle on Amla. Given not out, but the decision is reviewed by Australia. Ouch, I must say that looks plumb...

14:47 - De Villiers and Amla now both into double figures. Looking comfortable minus a certain Mitchell Johnson in the attack...

14:35 - PICTURE

Mitchell Johnson, Australia's destroyer-in-chief. (AFP)

14:34 - Harris has now replaced Johnson. Why take him off after only four overs?

14:29 - Peter Siddle now replaces Ryan Harris for the visitors.

14:28 - Amla ducks and is hit on the left shoulder by Johnson. Ouch! Not much bounce there this time, which will worry the batsmen...

14:25 - The Proteas clearly haven't faced a bowler capable of bowling at 150km/h in the last while...

14:24 - AB de Villiers to the rescue now?

14:22 - WICKET! Faf is out. He can't handle another Johnson bouncer and is caught at third slip by Clarke. South Africa 23/3.

14:20 - TWEET

There is a HUGE difference when facing someone at 140kmh compared to 150kmh.. - Kevin Pietersen

14:16 - Oh-so-close as Faf is nearly out first ball, edging it but it just dropped short of first slip. It's all happening here at SuperSport Park!

14:15 - Johnson, whose fastest ball so far is 149km/h, is clearly scaring the Proteas batsmen...

14:15 - Faf du Plessis is the next batsman in with South Africa on the ropes.

14:13 - WICKET! Johnson strikes again. Petersen out for 2, caught behind by 'keeper Haddin. Poor shot by Petersen playing away from his body.

14:06 - TWEET

Aussie bowlers already one up on SA, making them play. SA didn't do enough of that yesterday - Sport24 columnist Antoinette Muller

14:03 - Another anxious moment as Amla plays and misses at a Ryan Harris delivery.

14:02 - TWEET

Smith faced two balls from Johnson. Both short, First almost got him. Second got him. #savaus #cricket - Firdose Moonda

13:58 - That bouncer was too quick for Smith, right up by his shoulder and all he could do was get some bat on it and hit it straight up... The sixth time Johnson has dismissed Smith in Tests.

13:58 - Hashim Amla the next batsman in.

13:57 - WICKET! Smith is out. He finds a Johnson bouncer too hot to handle and is caught by Marsh for 10. An that folks, is why Smith did not want to face Johnson early on yesterday morning...

13:53 - Danger-man Mitchell Johnson to bowl the second over.

13:52 - Smith steers it for four through the gully region. Good start!

13:50 - Biff pulls the very first ball to the boundary!

13:49 - Ryan Harris starts with Smith on strike.

13:47 - Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen are out there ready to face the music.

13:46 - PICTURE

Dale Steyn and Robin Peterson celebrate (Gallo Images)

13:42 - But it's a good total from the visitors who will feel they have the upper hand. Some cracks are starting to show on the pitch and it's also getting a bit overcast.

South Africa's batsmen need to be on top form if they are to pass this total!

13:39 - Steyn finishes as South Africa's best bowler with 4/78 in 29 overs. Not bad for a man who had gastro!

13:38 - WICKET! Steyn clean bowls Siddle for 2 to get his fourth wicket. Australia all out for 397. They scored exactly 100 runs today, losing 6 wickets.

13:32 - Lyon scored 60 runs against England in the recent Ashes series, and wasn't dismissed once! #nottheworstno11

13:31 - Nathan Lyon is the last man in.

13:29 - WICKET! Robbie P clean bowls Johnson for 33 after the latter tried to slog-sweep him out the ground... Australia 391/9. Looked like Johnson didn't show Peterson any respect with that shot!

13:29 - Peterson now back on in place of Duminy.

13:25 - Peter Siddle is the new batsman in. Siddle has scored a first class hundred - against Scotland - playing for Australia A.

13:24 - Ryan Harris is clean bowled by Steyn for 19. His off-stump went cart-wheeling after getting an inside edge. Australia 391/8. Muted celebration from Steyn...

13:24 - WICKET!

13:21 - Clouds are starting to build up in the Centurion sky. It looks like thunderstorm conditions although none were predicted. This could also aide the bowlers by bringing some swing... which is not what South Africa would want if they come to bat later.

13:19 - Big cheer from the crowd as Amla this time round successfully fields a ball on the boundary...


Mitchell Johnson averages around 46 against SA in Tests, and only about 16 against the rest of the world...

13:14 - Steyn to bowl the second over after lunch. Change of ends from Steyn.

13:11 - Welcome back after lunch. Poor start from SA as Hashim Amla completely misses a ball on the boundary and it goes for four... Duminy bowling.

12:37 - IPL AUCTION 2014

The auction for the 2014 IPL tournament is finally over!

THIS is how the teams will line up.

Spot the South African...

12:34 - WE'LL BE BACK!

Join us at 13:10 for the post-lunch session

12:33 - PICTURE

Tough day at the office for Sport24 columnist Antoinette Muller... (via Instagram)

12:32 - The stats for the first session on Day 2 were:

Runs scored: 77

Wickets taken: 3

Overs bowled: 26

12:31 - LUNCH

And the Proteas will have to come out and bowl for a fifth session of the Test as Australia go to lunch on 374/7 off 116 overs

12:30 - TWEET 

Infinitely better bowling by SA today. Apart from taking wickets, have built periods of pressure. - Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing

12:27 - OH DEAR...

Big shout for LBW, angling in from round the wicket by Steyn. Johnson was shuffling across his crease again. Bounce, perhaps, the issue. SA decline to review. It was heading towards the leg stump, was delivered from quite wide on the crease. Wow, the replay says that would have been overturned!

12:23 - Annoying little partnership developing between Johnson and Harris which SA would like to break before lunch - which is in 5 minutes...

12:22 - PICTURE

Robin Peterson in all his glory, celebrates the wicket of Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (Gallo Images)

12:18 - And Johnson responds by hitting the next ball for four...

12:15 - Johnson has been a thorn in the side of the SA attack in the past. He's moved quickly to 20 off 33 balls and appears in no trouble at the crease.

There Graeme Smith, I've just hexed him! My pleasure...

12:12 - Terrific banter on Cricinfo and Twitter as to whether Morkel should've been allowed to have bowled after spending around 70 minutes off the field this morning

12:02 - Morkel into the attack without having to wait to make up the time he spent off the field. Must have been classed as an external injury.


Big Vernon Philander gets the wicket of Shaun Marsh as he edges a delivery to skipper Graeme Smith at first slip.

Marsh out for 148 off 288 balls

11:56 - WICKET!

11:51 - HE'S BACK!

Morne Morkel makes an appearance on the field. The scan on his back must've resulted in good news


Slightly better news on Day 2 of the 2014 IPL auction as Wayne Parnell fetches $166 000 fron the Delhi Daredevils and Marchant de Lange goes to the Mumbai Indians for $50 000

11:40 - Haddin out third ball. In strides Mitchell Johnson...

11:38 - Peterson traps Haddin in front for a DUCK - a decision the fourth umpire upholds after Haddin reviews the onfield umpire's orginal call

11:38 - Raining wickets all of a sudden at SuperSport Park - and even Robbie P is in the action!

11:38 - WICKET!

11:31 - Success at last for the Proteas as Alviro Petersen takes the catch at second slip off the bowling of Ryan McLaren to dismiss Steve Smith for 100 off 213 balls.

So ends the 233-run partnership.

11:31 - WICKET!

11:30 - PICTURE

Century for Steve Smith (Twitter)

11:28 - TWEET

i hope Steve isn't the only Smith who scores a 100 in this test. well played. #SAvAus - Craig Ray

11:26 - TON FOR SMITH!

Steve Smith that is... who goes to his fourth century for Australia off 211 balls.


Only 3 teams have ever scored more than 300 in first innings at Centurion and lost. the highest was 323 by Sri Lanka in 2002.

Not looking good for SA.

11:23 - Steve Smith has been clawing his way through the 90s. It hasn't been pretty, but it's been mighty effective.

He's up to 99 now...


Peterson's figures read: 10-0-34-0

11:16 - 100 OVERS

South Africa have now bowled 100 overs, conceding 315 runs at an average of 3.15 per over...

And Graeme Smith celebrates the milestone by bringing on Robin Peterson. WHY?!

11:10 - NOT OUT

The Proteas heard a noise - certainly wasn't off the bat or gloves - umpire gave it not out. Graeme Smith asked for it to be reviewed. At best it caught Steve Smith's shirt, but the fourth umpire rightly gives it NOT OUT.

South Africa lose one of their two appeals


The first decision reviewed of the Test!

By South Africa for caught behind...

10:54 - TWEET

whyy are aussies wearing black armbands? doubt it's a mark of respect for the demise of the SA bowling attack. #SAvAUS - Craig Ray

10:53 - HOW IRONIC

"Gary Kirsten is one of the coaches I've wanted to work with for a long time" - Kevin Pietersen on his new Delhi Daredevils coach.

Kirsten was linked to the England coaching job after Pietersen was shown the door...


Very few people in attendance at SuperSport Park this morning. No official figure for Day 1 as yet... #comeonCricinfo!

10:44 - STEYN STAT

Did you know Dale Steyn's fastest delivery of the match was timed at 146.8km/h?

Well it's true! (as he's just cut to the point boundary by Smith...)

10:41 - 300-UP

And that's the 300 up for Australia...

Graeme Smith has a quiet ponder at slip as whether he should've batted first...

10:40 - TWEET

It's hot and sunny in Centurion. The pitch is as flat as it has ever been. If Proteas bowlers thought yesterday was hard work... - Neil Manthorp

10:39 - First run of the morning goes to Marsh - and that brings up the 200-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

10:35 - BAD NEWS!

Groan! Morne Morkel won't be bowling today, having hurt his shoulder in the field yesterday, according to reports... He's gone for a scan.

More news to follow...

10:34 - Maiden over by Philander and Dale Steyn has the ball from the other end


Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh are out in the middle and Vernon Philander will bowl the first over of Day 2


For those interested, there are currently three Sunfoil Series matches on the go...

Dolphins v Warriors - Durban
Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions - Cape Town
Knights v Titans - Kimberley

10:24 - The Proteas will look to force the no-doubt tentative Smith into an error as he makes his way through the "nervous nineties"

10:22 - Australia's Steve Smith is currently 9 runs shy of what would be his fourth - and perhaps most - important century for the Baggy Greens.


Another peach of a day at SuperSport Park in Centurion. We're 8 minutes away from a vital first hour for the Proteas speedsters. Proteas skipper Graeme Smith wouldn't have slept well last night after his decision to insert Australia backfired in spectacular fashion, with the visitors piling on 297 runs in the 90 overs they faced - at an average of 3.3 runs per over.

9:43 - PICTURE

The Proteas in a huddle ahead of a crucial morning session on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia (Twitter)

9:19 - PICTURE

Dale Steyn gets his 'wings' for the first Test. Come on Dale! (Twitter)


The Cape Cobras' Beuran Hendricks, who was been in red-hot form for the Cape side during this year's RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, has been sold to the Kings XI Punjab side for $300 000!


SA are on the back foot, but Graeme Smith’s first-Test toss decision cannot be held up as a really major error, says Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing.

Click HERE to read Rob's full article


Graeme Smith's decision to field after winning the toss in the first Test against Australia at SuperSport Park backfired spectacularly when the visitors finished Day 1 on 297/4.

Do you think Smith's shock decision had anything to do with the fact had he batted, he'd have opened with Mitchell Johnson tearing in from the other end - a bowler who'd broken his fingers on more than one occasion?


South Africa:

Graeme Smith, Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel


David Warner, Chris Rogers, Alex Doolan, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon


Richard Illingworth (England) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
TV umpire: Ian Gould (England)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on Day 1 of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Centurion in Pretoria.

  • 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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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 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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