Lions remain on top after Cheetahs win

2011-08-15 00:00

THE Lions were given a nasty fright, but just held out to beat the Free State Cheetahs 17-10 at Ellis Park and stay ahead of the Sharks on the Currie Cup log.

This was the only Currie Cup game played on Saturday and it was a tough, bruising affair.

The Sharks, following their important 21-19 win over Western Province in the rain in Cape Town on Friday night, are four points behind the unbeaten Lions on the log after five rounds.

The Cheetahs trailed 17-3 with 15 minutes remaining, but finished strongly with a late try bringing them back into touch and it needed a TMO decision on the final whistle as prop Coenie Oosthuizen drove for the line to deny them a possible draw.

The difference, in the end, was the performance of the opposing flyhalves with the Lions’ Elton Jantjies in impressive form in general play and in kicking at goal while Sias Ebersohn had a rare off day with the boot for the Cheetahs.

Sharks coach John Plumtree returned to Durban from Cape Town relieved at the win and happy with the character shown by his players on defence and the kicking of Frederic Michalak who scored all 21 of the Shark’s points.

Plumtree said, “The weather was shocking, but we played to the conditions particularly well in the first half.

“I was proud of the boys and our defence was excellent.”

Plumtree said the Sharks were able to place Province under huge pressure at the tackle and at the set piece and this had been a key factor.

The Sharks coach added that Eugene van Staden had struggled when switched from tighthead to loosehead, and conceded two late penalties.

Plumtree said, “We’ll have to look at that in the future.

“But it was a real arm-wrestle in the conditions, a battle for territory and kicking points and we were fortunate to come out on top.”

Plumtree added that there had been no serious injury worries and the Sharks now play the Leopards in Durban on Friday night.

Saturday’s score and scorers:

Lions 17 (8): Try: Michael Killian. Penalties: Jantjies (4). Cheetahs 10 (3): Try: Tewis de Bruyn. Conversion: Riaan Smit. Penalty: Sias Ebersohn.

Friday night’s results (home team first):

WP 19 Sharks 21

Griquas 32 Leopards 18

Pumas 12 Blue Bulls 16.

This weekend’s fixtures (home team first):

Friday: WP vs Lions 7.10 pm

Sharks vs Leopards 7.10 pm

Blue Bulls vs Griquas 7.10 pm

Saturday: Free State vs Pumas 3 pm.

Teams P W D L PD BPts Pts

Lions 5 5 0 0 75 2 22

Sharks 5 4 0 1 10 2 18

Griquas 5 3 1 1 4 3 17

WP 5 2 1 2 58 4 14

FS 5 2 0 3 15 4 12

Bulls 5 2 0 3 -49 0 8

Pumas 5 0 0 5 -28 5 5

Leopards 5 1 0 4 -85 1 5

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.