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As it happened: Cheetahs 25-28 Lions

2017-02-25 16:55
Last Updated at 01:29
25 Feb 16:59
25 Feb 16:56

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25 Feb 16:52


Despite ending on the losing side, Cheetahs flyhalf Fred Zeilinga has received the best player award.

25 Feb 16:50
The Lions have sneaked a win and they will feel lucky to escape. When trailing 16-6 in the second half and under pressure inside their own 22, they launched a counter-attack up-field to score a try which I feel swung the momentum of the match. It was nevertheless an entertaining game, albeit with lots of mistakes and lots to work on for both sides.
25 Feb 16:48
FULL-TIME: Cheetahs 25-28 Lions
25 Feb 16:47
80'- But the Lions regain possession before Coetzee boots it out to end the game...
25 Feb 16:47
79'- The Cheetahs win a scrum tighthead to launch one last attack...
25 Feb 16:46
78' - Cheetahs reserve scrumhalf Zee Mkhabela also on for his Super Rugby debut.
25 Feb 16:45

78'- 15 v 15

Francois Uys is back from his time spent in the sin-bin.

25 Feb 16:45
78'- Johannes Jonker is also on at prop for the Lions to make his Super Rugby debut.
25 Feb 16:44

77'- Jaco van der Walt missed the conversion attempt but the Lions lead!

Cheetahs 25-28 Lions

25 Feb 16:43

76'- Rohan Janse van Rensburg scores in the corner, after brilliantly tacking a pass, one-handed, from Ross Cronje, who broke through on the blindside.

It is the centre's second try of the afternoon.

25 Feb 16:42
76'- TRY to the Lions!
25 Feb 16:41

75'- Zeilinga slots the PENALTY to put the Cheetahs back in front.

Cheetahs 25-23 Lions

25 Feb 16:41

74' - The Cheetahs win a penalty after a dominant driving maul.

Zeilinga will line up a tough kick at goal...

25 Feb 16:40

73'- An error from Lions fullback Andries Coetzee, who kicks out on the full, with the referee saying it was carried back into the 22m area.

However, replays show it wasn't...

25 Feb 16:37
71'- Lions subs: Jantjies, De Klerk and Kriel off, replaced by Cronje, Van der Walt and Smith.
25 Feb 16:36
70'- An error from Harold Vorster who kicks it out over the dead-ball line to hand the Cheetahs a scrum inside Lions territory.
25 Feb 16:34
67'- YELLOW CARD for Cheetahs flank Francois Uys for collapsing the maul.
25 Feb 16:33

67'- PENALTY TRY to the Lions. It comes after the Cheetahs collapsed a dominant Lions driving maul.

Under the new rules, it's a 7-point penalty try without the conversion needed.

Cheetahs 22-23 Lions

25 Feb 16:31
66'- However, this time the Lions opt for an attacking lineout...
25 Feb 16:31
66'- Scrum penalty to the Lions. And guess what, it's right in front of the uprights...
25 Feb 16:30
64'- Lions sub: Andries Ferreira replaced by Lourens Erasmus at lock.
25 Feb 16:29

64'- PENALTY slotted by Zeilinga.

Cheetahs 22-16 Lions

25 Feb 16:29
63'- Another easy kickable penalty, this time in favour of the Cheetahs as Ruan Ackermann is pinged at the breakdown.
25 Feb 16:27

62'- Jantjies chips over the PENALTY.

Cheetahs 19-16 Lions

25 Feb 16:26
61'- Cheetahs captain Torsten Van Jaarsveld caught off-side under his own posts. It allows Jantjies to have a shot at goal...
25 Feb 16:24
59'- Cheetahs sub: Niel Marais on for Nico Lee.
25 Feb 16:24

58'- Zeilinga converts the easy PENALTY attempt.

Cheetahs 19-13 Lions

25 Feb 16:23
57' - Kickable penalty for the Cheetahs as Lions prop Ruan Dreyer is caught off-side.
25 Feb 16:22
56'- That was a gutsy try by the Lions, which may just have swung the momentum of the game. The Lions looked under pressure after a Jantjies stray pass was intercepted by Blommetjies, who kicked deep up-field into Lions territory... only to see the men from Johannesburg counter...
25 Feb 16:20
54'- Cheetahs sub: Petersen and Hugo off, replaced by Benjamin and Uys.
25 Feb 16:19

53'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.

Cheetahs 16-13 Lions

25 Feb 16:18

52'- Rohan Janse van Rensburg finishes off a long-range try as the Lions run from inside their own 22m area to score.

It was started by Mapoe, who chipped in behind the Cheetahs defence before off-loading to Coetzee, who passed inside to his centre.

25 Feb 16:17
52'- TRY to the Lions!
25 Feb 16:16
51'- Cheetahs sub: Ox Nche replaces Charles Marais at loosehead prop.
25 Feb 16:14

48'- Silly from Jantjies as he tries to chip in behind the Cheetahs defence. Just kicking possession away.

Are the Lions running out of ideas here?

25 Feb 16:13
48'- Lions now with possession inside the red zone...
25 Feb 16:12

47'- 15 v 15

The Lions are now back to their full compliment of players ad De Klerk returns from the sin-bin.

The Cheetahs scored 13 unanswered points during his absence!

25 Feb 16:09

45'- Zeilinga slots the PENALTY.

Cheetahs 16-6 Lions

25 Feb 16:09

44'- Scrum penalty to the Cheetahs.

It's in the middle of the park, about 40m out.

25 Feb 16:08
43' - Error from Jantjies as he kicks the ball out over the dead-ball line. It hands the Cheetahs a scrum inside Lions territory...
25 Feb 16:07

42'- CONVERSION slotted by Zeilinga.

Cheetahs 13-6 Lions

25 Feb 16:06
40'- Raymond Rhule pounced on a loose Lions ball to sprint 30m and score under the posts!
  • 80'

    FULL-TIME: CHEETAHS 25-28 LIONS. What looked like a quiet game in the first half has proved to be an excitingly, nail-bitingly close one. The Lions hold their own in the final few minutes to score a second try and take the slim lead to win the game by three points. The win will give them a lot of confidence as they were trailing for most of the game.

  • 78'

    The conversion is missed, Jaco van der Walt can not add the extras from the sideline and the Lions lead by 3 points with less than 3 minutes remaining.

  • 77'

    TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 25-28: Rohan Janse van Rensburg goes through the Cheetahs defence after collecting the pass from Cronje and he takes it over the line for the Lions. Important, late try for the visitors who now lead by 3 points.

  • 76'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 25-23: Zeilinga slots it in from 27 metres out and it is a brilliant penalty goal. Zeilinga wins the lead back for the Cheetahs and they are two points in front.

  • 75'

    Another penalty conceded by the Lions, through Ruan Dreyer for collapsing the maul. This could be dangerous consider they lead by only 1 point.

  • 73'

    Given the heavy conditions underfoot, both teams will need to call on their fitness to take them all the way. There are plenty of tired bodies out there.

  • 71'

    Under the new rule in Super Rugby in 2017, a penalty try results in an automatic 7 points with no need for the conversion to be taken.

  • 68'

    PENALTY TRY, LIONS! 22-23: Quinton Immelman awards a penalty try under the posts and gives Lions the easiest of conversions. This could change the game in favour of the Lions. They lead by 1.

  • 68'

    YELLOW CARD! Nico Lee is shown the yellow card and he will be banished to the sin bin for the next 10 minutes. Lions will look to extend their lead with Cheetahs down to 14 men. Great play and unstoppable momentum from the Lions.

  • 67'

    Cheetahs concede another penalty, Charles Marais collapsing the scrum. Twenty penalties conceded in the game so far.

  • 65'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 22-16: The kick from Zeilinga raises both flags as the Cheetahs try to put some distance between them and the Lions. The score is 22-16, the hosts lead by 6 points.

  • 64'

    The Lions concede a penalty through Ruan Ackermann for not releasing the ball. Decision time for the Cheetahs who ultimately elect to take the shot at goal.

  • 63'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 19-16: Jantjies makes no mistake with an easy penalty goal and every point is like gold at this stage. Lions trail by 3 points.

  • 62'

    Torsten van Jaarsveld is caught offside and Lions win a penalty. Jantjies will look to kick this.

  • 60'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 19-13: Zeilinga kicks from 22 metres out and to the left of the uprights. Good penalty goal from the Cheetahs, that separates them from the Lions by 6 points.

  • 58'

    Ruan Dreyer is caught offside and the Lions concede another penalty. Fred Zeilinga will line up the posts from a slight angle.

  • 56'

    The possession is almost equally shared between the two teams and only three points separate them.

  • 54'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 16-13: Great kick from Elton Jantjies and the Lions bring down the deficit to 3 points. He scores from a 45 degrees angle.

  • 53'

    TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 16-11: Rohan Janse van Rensburg scores the first try for the Lions after Andries Coetzee''s pass creates a chance for the visitors. The Lions'' centre strides away to score the visitors'' first try of the match.

  • 51'

    Franco Mostert concedes another penalty for an infringement in the ruck and Lions have struggled to attack in the second half. Cheetahs have played better than they did in the first.

  • 49'

    A much needed boost for the Lions who have been under siege in the opening minutes of this second half - Francois de Klerk returns to the field after ten minutes on the sideline.

  • 47'

    Cheetahs concede a penalty through Mohoje for not rolling away from the ruck.

  • 46'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 16-6: Fred Zeilinga slots in a long penalty goal from 41 metres out. It is almost in line with the uprights and the lead is pushed to 10 points!

  • 45'

    Poor start for the Lions in the second half continues as Malcolm Marx is penalised for collapsing the scrum.

  • 42'

    CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 13-6: Zeilinga makes no mistake with the conversion and the lead is pushed to 7 points just after the break.

  • 41'

    Second half begins.

  • 41'

    TRY, CHEETAHS, RHULE! 11-6: Cheetahs start the second half with a try! Raymond Rhule takes it over the line to score the first try of the game. Rhule pounces on the loose ball before putting on the after burners to explode away from the defence and touch down right under the posts. Cheetahs take the lead.

  • 40'

    HALF-TIME: CHEETAHS 6-6 LIONS. It is 6-6 in Bloemfontein after the first 40 minutes of play. Zeilinga has missed two penalty goals and Jantjies has missed one. No tries so far but there have been 12 penalty conceded. It could be a low scoring game even in the second half and it feels like the team with the fewer mistakes will win this one.

  • 39'

    Inside the last couple of minutes before half time and the Cheetahs have the scrum feed however they are deep inside their own territory, right on the 22m line.

  • 37'

    YELLOW CARD! Faf de Klerk is shown the yellow card for going off his feet in the ruck and it will be another penalty to the Cheetahs. He is sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes after he cynically killed the ball with the Cheetahs on the attack.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 6-6: Fred Zeilinga slots a penalty goal in from close range and the scores are level with a few minutes remaining in the first half.

  • 35'

    Some poor tackling from the Lions and Blommetjies goes through the defence and makes some good ground for the hosts.

  • 35'

    Fred Zeilinga sends his kick long downfield and he has placed it to perfection with the ball rolling over the touch line just inside the corner flag.

  • 31'

    Jantjies lines up the penalty goal shot but misses to slot it in, another missed penalty goal in the game. Zeilinga has missed two and now Jantjies misses one. The slippery turf seems to have made conditions difficult for the kickers.

  • 30'

    Cheetahs concede yet another penalty, this time through Paul Schoeman for a high tackle. The replays show that he can consider himself to be very unlucky.

  • 28'

    Zeilinga tries to kick a penalty goal from a difficult position but he misses and the deficit remains at three points. A second consecutive penalty goal miss and this could come back to hurt the hosts in a low scoring game like this.

  • 27'

    Lions concede another penalty through Dreyer for hands in the ruck. It has been a stop-start game because of so many penalties.

  • 25'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 3-6: It is virtually right in front of the posts and Jantjies drills an easy penalty goal to take the lead back for the Lions.

  • 24'

    Cheetahs are caught offside and concede yet another penalty. They have given away 7 penalties so far.

  • 22'

    Another penalty conceded by the Cheetahs, Uzair Cassiem not releasing the ball.

  • 21'

    Zeilinga lines it up but misses a penalty goal from just left of the uprights. The scores are level after the first 20 minutes.

  • 20'

    Franco Mostert concedes a penalty for going off his feet in the ruck, Cheetahs will look to kick. A close up of the Free State Stadium turf shows that it is really cutting up.

  • 19'

    PENALTY, CHEETAHS, ZEILINGA! 3-3: Fred Zeiling makes no mistake with the penalty goal and levels the score at 3-3 with a nice kick from the right of the posts.

  • 18'

    Almost the end of the first quarter of the game, the Lions lead by 3 points because of a penalty goal.

  • 18'

    The Lions concede a penalty through Ruan Dreyer for wheeling the scrum.

  • 15'

    We have a break in play after Howard Mnisi extended his leg after being caught awkwardly in the tackle. He will be assisted off the field.

  • 14'

    Discipline starting to become an issue for the Cheetahs in this half. They have already conceded 5 penalties in the first 14 minutes.

  • 14'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 0-3: Jantjies slots in a penalty goal and opens the scoring for the Lions. They lead by three points.

  • 13'

    A couple more penalties conceded by the Cheetahs, first through Torsten van Jaarsveld for not rolling away and then through Justin Basson.

  • 11'

    The possession is even now as Lions look to dominate with the ball. The short, sharp pass from Francois de Klerk doesn''t go to hand which will allow Cheetahs'' full-back Blommetjies some time and his well placed kick rolls into touch just outside the Lions'' 22.

  • 9'

    Cheetahs concede yet another penalty, this time through Sergeal Petersen for an infringement in the ruck.

  • 7'

    The Cheetahs are enjoying early possession but a lot of play is taking place in their half.

  • 7'

    Swart goes through the line for the Cheetahs and make some good ground.

  • 6'

    Another penalty conceded by the Cheetahs, Charles Marais is the guilty party for incorrect binding.

  • 4'

    The Cheetahs concede the first penalty of the game, through Johannes Coetzee for collapsing the scrum.

  • 2'

    It is a sunny afternoon in Bloemfontein, perfect conditions for rugby.

  • 1'

    Kick-off! First half begins. Elton Jantjies kicks us off.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between Cheetahs and Lions from Bloemfontein.

  • 0'

    Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Charles Marais

  • 0'

    Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

  • 0'

    Quinton Immelman is the referee today with Rasta Rasivhenge and Lourens van der Merwe assisting him. Shaun Veldsman is the TMO.

  • 0'

    This should be an exciting game with both teams looking to dominate with their expansive game-plans. Cheetahs last won against the Lions back in 2012 and Lions have won 5 games against them since then.

  • 0'

    Franco Smith has brought in Raymond Rhule, Sergeal Petersen and Clayton Blommetjies as his back three for the Cheetahs. Torsten van Jaarsveld will lead the hosts. Uzair Cassiem, Oupa Mohojo and Paul Schoeman start in the back row.

  • 0'

    Francois Venter is injured and Clinton Swart will replace him at outside centre. Nico Lee is in the midfield with Fred Zeilinga at fly-half.

  • 0'

    The Lions have eight Springboks in their starting line-up. Lionel Mapoe moves from centre to the wing to replace the injured Ruan Combrinck. Howard Mnisi will be starting at inside centre.

  • 0'

    Coach Ackermann's son Ruan Ackermann starts at seven replacing the retired Warwick Tecklenburg. Julian Redelinghuys and Ruan Dreyer will take his place in the front row. On the bench, replacement prop Johannes Jonker will make his debut if he takes the field and Blitzbokke star Kwagga Smith could add some pace to the Lions attack off the bench.

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Cheetahs Lions
  • 1 Tries 3
    • 40' Raymond Rhule
    • 52' Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    • 67' Penalty Try
    • 76' Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 1 Conversions 1
    • 41' Fred Zeilinga
    • 53' Elton Jantjies
  • 6 Penalties 3
    • 18' Fred Zeilinga
    • 36' Fred Zeilinga
    • 44' Fred Zeilinga
    • 58' Fred Zeilinga
    • 64' Fred Zeilinga
    • 74' Fred Zeilinga
    • 13' Elton Jantjies
    • 23' Elton Jantjies
    • 62' Elton Jantjies
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 67' Francois Uys
    • 36' Francois de Klerk
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Charles Marais
  • Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • Johannes Coetzee
  • Justin Basson
  • Reniel Hugo
  • Uzair Cassiem
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Paul Schoeman
  • Tian Meyer
  • Fred Zeilinga
  • Raymond Rhule
  • Clinton Swart
  • Nico Lee
  • Sergeal Petersen
  • Clayton Blommetjies
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  • 5
  • 6
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  • 13
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  • 15
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Ruan Ackermann
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • Howard Mnisi
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Andries Coetzee
  • Elandre Huggett
  • Danie Mienie
  • Ox Nche
  • Francois Uys
  • Niell Jordaan
  • Mthokozisi Mkhabela
  • Niel Marais
  • Rayno Benjamin
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  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Corne Fourie
  • Johannes Jonker
  • Lourens Erasmus
  • Kwagga Smith
  • Ross Cronje
  • Harold Vorster
  • Jaco van der Walt

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