Cheetahs 20, Lions 21


It is Super Rugby time, and the Cheetahs welcome the Lions back to the toughest competition in the world!super

Recent results:
2012: Cheetahs won 26-5, Welkom
2012: Lions won 27-25, Johannesburg
2011: Cheetahs won 53-19, Johannesburg
2011: Lions won 25-20, Bloemfontein
2010: Cheetahs won 59-10, Welkom


Cheetahs: 15 Willem le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Rynhardt Landman, 20 Jean Cook, 21 Sarel Pretorius, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Ryno Benjamin.

Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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  1. Wow – Shame on you Naka Drotske.
    It was the Messerschmitt against the world today.
    Please note that counter ruck by Jean Cook of FunBunch that gave the good guys one last gasp….
    Cheetahs need to get off holiday. This is prime time & in the end I think a good wakeup call.

  2. Well Boshoff showing what a real talent he is. Cheetahs too cocksure for a round one game. Great win by the Lions ans great upset in the first round of Super Rugby!

  3. I thought it was a good game with both teams willing to give it a go. Games between these sides over past 4 years have always been close.

    Cheetahs put too much faith in Goosen. But then Watts misses from right in front…12 points through kicks

  4. My dad went to Ellis park CC game last year between Cheetahs and Lions and afterwards told me:

    Fok Goosen en lambie en Steyn en daai laaities – dis Boshof wat die Bok fly moet wees.

    The old man is onto something

  5. @Morné:

    exactly. we have this goosen-itus when he plays. We kick for goal from everywhere. Once he is off we become a different team. And its not that I dont rate him – he just seems more suited to a different team

  6. and then when he misses kicks we are suddenly stuck.

    Still like the way we ran the ball and tried stuff all afternoon. We should not stop doing this at all

  7. Reminds me of Cheetah team of yesteryear, lose matches they never looked like losing.

    Credit to the Cubs, they kicked their goals, showed as much commitment as you could expect from them and stayed in touch.

  8. @biltongbek:

    very true RE Cheetahs. funny I felt they were let down early by Strauss and Le Roux – both ended up having very good games,but both started off cocky and loose.

    Cheetahs are a good side though. Did plenty things very well and this is early days

  9. and apart from injuries, it wont harm ‘dropping’ goosen. Let the kid fight a bit. Since his Grey days everything is handed on a platter.

  10. @bryce_in_oz:

    No… the Cheetahs side has some good SR players in and will come good. Given the duration of the season a slow rusty start is probably better than the one the Sharks produced…

    Old Naas Botha saying about when the CC is won is the same in this extended SR season…

  11. @DavidS:

    Their pack is ‘okay’… their front row (all Boks) got their ass handed to them by the Lions… they have no real locks… loosies are good as ever…

    Their backs are decent… I guess it all comes down to how they play the game ie balanced approach or 7’s style…

  12. Naka says the Cheetahs were the worst they’ve been in 3 years, the Bulls gave it their all, sadly their all does not seem to be good enough this year. A draw coming up this weekend?

  13. Give the Goose a concrete pill to harden the f up! he gets hurt in every bit of contact!

    I am however amazed that even though he hurts himself all the time he throws himself into every contact and does not shy away from it – good on him. Hard worker too.

  14. @Timeo:

    Aided and abetted by typical Craig Joubert breakdown lottery where he selectively decides to affect the game by deciding when to “let the game flow” or award penalties at ruck time despite the fact that both sides are excessively infringing at every ruck.