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Cheetahs make big statement with big win against Lions



The Lions were embarrassed by a rampant Cheetahs side, who lost 66-14 Saturday night in a one-sided Currie Cup mauling at a wet Toyota stadium in Bloemfontein.

The Cheetahs were in brilliant form while the Lions were heavily penalized throughout the game, unable to defend the powerful Cheetahs maul and generally just gloomy as they were definitely being steamed by a much better team.

It was a huge statement from the Cheetahs to SA Rugby, especially because of the Lions’ struggles in both the Currie Cup and United Rugby Championship to date.

The first half started with the Cheetahs dominating, but it was a valiant defensive effort by the visitors who defended their line for the first 10 minutes before the floodgates opened.

Three tries in seven minutes, to give wings to Malcolm Jaer and Daniel Kasende after good fast play in the backline, and a huge maul attempt at hooker Wilmar Arnoldi saw them rise 17-0 after 17 minutes.

A thunderstorm then caused the teams to go off the field for 30 minutes, before resuming with the Cheetahs picking up where they left off as a second attempt at maul to Arnoldi and a penalty for the Lions who pulled the maul down, saw the Cheetahs advance 31-0 in less than half an hour.

With wing Sibusiso Sangweni yellow for that maul foul, the Lions oddly had their best period of the game with a man short when wing Jarod Cairns crashed for a seven-pointer.

However, it was the Cheetahs who finished the half in style by turning the ball at their own 22 meters and sprinting away to score through Gideon van der Merwe’s flank and take a 38-7 lead at half time.

The second half was a similar opportunity for the beleaguered visitors, despite getting off to a good start with a converted score from hooker PJ Botha crashing in at close range, but that was as good as it gets for the Lions.

The Cheetahs added more tries via substitute hooker Louis van der Merwe from a huge maul, substitute prop Conraad van Vuuren and flank Jeandre Rudolph from close range pick-and-gos and Kasende with a second in the corner to take a huge win to obtain.

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tries: Malcolm Jaer, Daniel Kasende (2), Wilmar Arnoldi (2), Penalty Try, Gideon van der Merwe, Louis van der Merwe, Conraad van Vuuren, Jeandre Rudolph; conversions: Ruan Pienaar (5), Frans Steyn, Reinhardt Fortuin

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tries: Jarod Cairns, PJ Botha; conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (2)

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