The Lions handed the Cheetahs a 39-22 beating in their Super Rugby encounter on Saturday in Johannesburg. The Free State team started the game well and after having a try disallowed for a forward pass they opened the scoring with a Niel Marais penalty on 10 minutes. The rest of the half was dominated by the hosts.
The home team hit back on 18 minutes when Elton Jantjies stretched over the line after good work by the team and Jantjies promptly converted his own try to make it 7-3. A penalty on 26 minutes was quickly followed by a try by Faf De klerk to extend the Joburg side’s lead to 17-3. Johan Ackermann’s men scored another try just before half-time.
This time it was Howard Mnisi who was sent through after a great run and switch pass by Jantjies allowed Mnisi to dot down unopposed for a commanding 24-3 lead at the break. Ackerman’s troops picked up where they left off and scored another try on 41 minutes. This time Ruan Ackerman powered his way over after the ball went through the phases.
Jantjies converted making the score 31-3. The visitors then hit back, first through a brilliant individual play by Sergeal Pietersen saw him dive over, and then Tian Meyer scored a try to make the score 31-15. Then after a Lions penalty the away side scored another try. This time Jacques Du Toit dived over after a driving maul to cut the score to 34-22.
The Gauteng side finished the game off perfectly with a Corne Fourie try after the hooter sounded for a final score of 39-22.