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Direct Axis Currie Cup Final – Cheetahs Currie Cup Champions after brilliant first half

Currie Cup Champions 2019 Photo by - JJ Vorster/Speedshot.co.za

A brilliant first half sealed a great win for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs over the Xerox Golden Lions.

With both teams scoring four tries it was the boot of Ruan Pienaar that made the difference at the end.

It was a frantic start to the final with the Golden Lions putting all the pressure on the home side from the kickoff.

Free State had to tackle for all they were worth to keep the Golden Lions out and a penalty got them out of their own twenty two.

It was the home side through Dweba that scored the first try and a 7-0 lead.

Dweba over for his try in the final – Photo JJ Vorster / Speedshots

It did not take long for the Lions to hit back attacking from their own half to send Wandisile Simelane over.

Pienaar put the Cheetahs in front again with a penalty.

The Cheetahs was next to get their second try when the ball went early wide and Small-Smith showed his speed down the line. Pienaar converted the try and took the lead to 17-7.

The Cheetahs ran in two more tries before halftime through Blommetjies and Steenkamp to stretch that lead to 31-7.

It was a fantastic first half for the home side but not over, the Golden Lions have shown that they can comeback from a long way.

The second half was a difficult for both sides as they defence sharpened up and could not find space.

With a yellow card for the Cheetahs the Lions scored twice in the last 15 minutes to make the score 31-21 with tries from Smith and Venter.

This left 4 minutes to make up 10 points.

The Golden Lions did get one last try on the sound of the hooter but it was a little too late for the men from Johannesburg.

The Free State Cheetahs won the game and Currie Cup Champions for 2019.


Toyota Free State Cheetahs: Tries – Joseph Dweba, William Small-Smith, Clayton Blommetjies, Walt Steenkamp Conversions – Ruan Pienaar(4) Penalties – Ruan Pienaar

Xerox Golden Lions: Tries – Wandisile Simelane, Dillon Smit, James Venter(2), Conversions – Shaun Reynolds(4)


  1. Ruan Pienaar had a good game – even if the game was not Super Rugby standard. Hopefully the Cheaters can transfer some of the form into the Pro14, but it will be difficult with (1) a new coach and (2) the inevitable loss of players to Sharks, Bulls and Lions. I’m expecting them to be bottom-dwellers with the Queens again.

  2. @Bekke: the othe pro14 squads will suffer from players at the WC, so if ever there was an opportunity to start well, this will be it

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