Xerox Lions In Brilliant form Against Toyota Cheetahs

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The Toyota Cheetahs hosted the Xerox Lions in a battle for the fourth spot on the Carling Currie Cup log. The Xerox Lions dominated from the start of the game and scored a bonus-point win with 23-39.

The first half came alive after the first twenty minutes and although the Lions lead was only 13-9 at the break the battle was already won. A blitzkrieg of three tries in the first ten minutes in the second half sealed the deal for the Lions.

02:26 The Cheetahs immediate in the lead after Jannie du Plessis was caught in an offside position at the ruck. (3-0)

05:52 Frans Steyn Slot a monster 64m penalty for the Cheetahs. (6-0)

11:15 Elton Jantjies convert a penalty for Xerox Lions (6-3)

15:42 Tian Schoeman add another three points. (9-3)

26:32 The Lions' pack of forwards started to dominate. Elton Jantjies declined an opportunity to add three points to the scoreboard. The Lions pack attacked with purpose for several minutes, with Willem Alberts eventually bulldozing his way to the first try of the game. (9-10)

35:22 Elton Jantjies adds three more points to the Lions scored on the back of the Lions dominant pack of forwards. (9-13)

The Lions were deservedly in the lead at the halftime break. Their pack of forwards are providing an abundance of quality ball to their backline who is starting to punch holes in the Cheetahs defence.

40:48 The Lions started the second half like a house on fire. André Warner rounded of a movement that started just outside their own 22m. (09-18)

47:54 André Warner scored his second try for the Lions. Although to early to call the game the Cheetahs needs a miracle at this stage. (09-25)

49:59 Jannie du Plessis scored the Lions bonus-point try after the ball was handled by forwards and backs on their way to the Cheetahs score-line. (09-32)

53:23 The Cheetahs bench had an immediate effect with Ruben de Haas' try giving the home-team some hope. (16-32)

The Cheetahs ill-discipline at this stage the main reason for their nightmares. The Lions used the penalties against the Cheetahs to camp in the Cheetahs 22, from where they launched precise fifteen man attacks.

62:48 Marvin Orie scored the Lions fifth try. (39-16)

69:22 Marnus vd Merwe celebrates his first appearance for the Cheetahs with a splendid try after the forwards of the Cheetahs put a lot of pressure on the Lions score-line. (23-39).

The Toyota Cheetahs look a completely different team in the last 20 minutes but at that stage, the game was already in the bag for the Xerox Lions

Scorers:
Toyota Cheetahs: Tries: Ruben de Haas, Marnus vd Merwe. Conversions: Tian Schoeman, Frans Steyn. Penalties: Tian Schoeman (2), Frans Steyn.
Xerox Lions: Tries: Willem Alberts, André Warner (2), Jannie du Plessis, Marvin Orie. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (4). Penalties: Elton Jantjies (2)

Teams:

Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Aidon Davis, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner (captain), 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Boan Venter. Replacements: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Cameron Dawson, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Victor Sekekete, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

Xerox Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 André Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Willem Alberts, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole. Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Manuel Rass, 23 Roelof Smit.