The Free State Cheetahs got their Absa Currie Cup campaign off to a good start when they narrowly beat the Golden Lions 30-29 at Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday.
They return home with maximum points after outscoring their opponents by four tires to three. After conceding an early penalty, the Cheetahs scored the first try of match through centre Robert Ebershon. The visitors, who had several Super Rugby players in their starting line-up, appeared to be the more polished side as they put the Lions under pressure. They were rewarded when Boom Prinsloo went over for a typical forward’s try to give his side a 13-6 lead.
The Lions have some good runners in their side as well…. one of them is centre Stokkies Hanekom, who scored their first try. The Cheetahs, who were trailing 16-13 at half time, only had themselves to blame as they squandered several scoring opportunities. Although the second half was rather scrappy at times, the Cheetahs enjoyed territorial advantage early on.
They regained the lead through a Sarel Pretorious try, before Johan Sadie gave them the bonus point try. The introduction of Elton Jantjies gave the Lions a new lease on life. They scored two tries in the last quarter, but fell short by a point as the Cheetahs won the first round of the cat fight. – SABC