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And as per the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, an plane makes its way over the stadium.
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Time to belt out the national anthem!
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There is a minutes silence for the passing of Springbok legend and 1995 Rugby World Cup winner, Chester Williams who passed away yesterday at the age of 49.
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It's a deafening noise as the Cheetahs make their way out. The orange jerseys are flags far outweigh that of the Lions.
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The Harley-Davidson's are ready to make a noise as the players stand in the tunnel waiting to enter the field of play. Cracking game expected in front of a full stadium. Electric atmosphere!
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We are 30 minutes away from kick off. The excitement in Bloemfontein is quite unbelievable with an apparently sold out stadium - when last did that happen in Bloemfontein?
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Despite that Meyer can be caught out of position on occasion. Much could be decided by Lions 10, Shaun Reynolds who's tactical kicking will need to be on point.
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Since Ruan Pienaar became available for the Cheetahs captain Tian Meyer has moved to the wing which has offered them an attacking dimension. The move is to ensure the Cheetahs always have a solid scrum-half at the base of rucks to ensure good possession and quick ball remain just that.
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Lions – 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Duncan Matthews, 11 Stean Pienaar, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje (c), 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith. Subs: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jan-Louis la Grange 23 Jamba Ulengo.
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Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Tian Meyer (c), 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Gerhard Olivier, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Erich de Jager, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche. Subs: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Abongile Nonkontwana, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Darren Adonis, 23 Louis Fouche.
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It promises to be a high-scoring affair with both teams keen on keeping ball in hand. Among the loosies it should be a cracking battle with Junior Pokomela is fine form and Marnus Schoeman looking to attack the breakdown and slow Cheetahs ball down.
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Crucial to the Cheetahs will be their 80 minute effort. They have had to come back from second half deficits in the last two matches, they will not want to do that for a third week running.
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In the round robin stage the Lions traveled to Bloemfontein and walked away with an unlikely 22-20 victory. Can they put in a repeat performance?
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It is the two teams who finished 1st and 2nd on the table. The Lions were comfortable against the Griquas in the semi's while the Cheetahs made a second half comeback to defeat the Sharks.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Currie Cup final between the Free State Cheetahs and Golden Lions at the Free State Stadium.
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Ruan Pienaar with an early clearing kick to midway between his own 22 and the 10m line.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. The Currie Cup final is underway! It is Shaun Reynolds who kicks off as the visitors play from left to right.
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Lions with the early possession but a turnover offers the Cheetahs a way out.
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Ruan Pienaar with a little knock at the base of a ruck. Scrum Lions, 10m inside the Cheetahs half, centre field. Great attacking platform this.
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Lions with all the possession inside the Cheetahs half but they struggle to make ground until Tyrone Green makes a break. Another turnover allows the Cheetahs to clear via Pienaar.
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Cheetahs get a penalty on the Lions 10m line but they opt for the line-out.
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TRY! CHEETAHS! DWEBA! 5-0. The Cheetahs are off the mark as Dweba goes over from a driving maul in the left-hand corner.
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CONVERSION! PIENAAR! 7-0. Pienaar strikes it sweetly from the touchline and it skims the inside of the post before going over. Quality kick.
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TRY! LIONS! SIMELANE! 7-5. Tyrone Green makes his 3rd clean break of the match, offloads to Stean Pienaar before the ball goes wide to Simelane. Easy for the centre who scores beneath the posts.
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CONVERSION! REYNOLDS! 7-7. We are level again as Reynolds converts an easy kick.
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PENALTY! CHEETAHS! PIENAAR! 10-7. Pienaar converts a penalty from a slight angle 40m out. It came from Schoeman not releasing the player on the ground, again.
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After Reynolds attempts a long-range drop goal Ox Nche makes a 30m break and eventually the hosts get a scrum 5m from the Lions line.
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Lions win a scrum penalty and they can relieve some of the pressure.
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Cheetahs have upped the pace of the game but passes are not going to hand which is allowing the Lions to maintain good territory.
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TRY! CHEETAHS! SMALL-SMITH! 15-7. What a try by the hosts. Superb finish by Small-Smith after turnover ball came out wide. Pure pace to beat the defence and go over in the right-hand corner.
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CONVERSION! PIENAAR! 17-7. Another superb kick by Pienaar who fades with one down the centre from right-hand touch.
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A bit of a kicking contest ensues but Tian Schoeman puts a monster kick in to the Lions 22. After a slow start the Cheetahs are starting to dominate this Currie Cup final.
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TRY! CHEETAHS! BLOMMETJIES! 22-7. Another try for the hosts at the crowd goes absolutely nuts. Nche again makes a break (is he really a prop?). Numerous phases go by before Blommetjies finds a miss-match and scores near the posts.
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CONVERSION! PIENAAR! 24-7. Easiest kick of the afternoon for Pienaar and it sails over.
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Cheetahs are all over the Lions at the moment. One feels the Lions need the next points but the hosts are camped inside their half.
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Reynolds with a massive error. Penalty to the Lions on the halfway line but Reynolds fails to find touch. Can't afford these kinds of mistakes.
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Cheetahs have another line-out on the Lions 5m line. The visitors need to keep them out or the dam walls could cave in after the break.
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TRY! CHEETAHS! STEENKAMP! 29-7. This is getting ugly for the Lions as Steenkamp goes over from a driving maul.
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CONVERSION! PIENAAR! 31-7. Another superb kick by the veteran scrum-half to add the extras.
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The Lions started the game well in the opening 10 minutes but since then they have hardly had a sniff. The Cheetahs have been all over them with the mobile loose-forwards while Marnus Schoeman has failed to make a positive impression at the breakdown for the Lions.
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HALF TIME! 31-7. The Cheetahs have a massive 24 point lead at the break. We are either going to see a massive defeat or a comeback for the ages in the second stanza.
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KICK OFF! 31-7. Tian Schoeman gets the second half underway. Can the Lions make a comeback?
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Wiese goes over to score the Cheetahs 5th try but the TMO rules Ruan Pienaar knocked it on at the ruck. No try.
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Successive penalties gets the Lions into the Cheetahs 22. They need to make something happen from here.
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The Cheetahs manage to clear their lines as Tian Schoeman finds touch near the halfway line.
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Cheetahs with a scrum 10m from their own line. Much like the first half the Lions have started the better but not take their chances.
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The game has become scrappy with both teams making handling errors.
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Lions make a crucial turnover on their own line but the Cheetahs should really have scored. Blommetjies didn't see the runner after he made a superb break.
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Lions are in the Cheetahs 22 but they need points quickly. They don't get it as the ball doesn't come out of the maul. Scrum Cheetahs. No points in the opening 20 minutes of the half.
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The referee, Marius van der Westhuizen has a strong word with both captains about keeping the discipline.
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Ruan Pienaar controlling the game with some beautiful tactical kicking, keeping the Lions pegged back in their own half.
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The Cheetahs on attack again but a knock-on stops them in their tracks again. They should be far further ahead but it all looks pretty comfortable at the moment.
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YELLOW CARD for Manjezi. Cheetahs down to 14.
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More brilliant defence by the Cheetahs. They force a knock-on on their own line and can clear via a scrum.
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The Lions butcher another opportunity by knocking the ball on inside the Cheetahs 22. It is been a really poor half of rugby by both sides.
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TRY! LIONS! SMIT! 31-12. A rare missed tackle allows the Lions to score and offer their supporters some hope.
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CONVERSION! REYNOLDS! 31-14. Easy kick for Reynolds. Three scores away now.
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TRY! LIONS! LA GRANGE! 31-19. Wow and Lions score again. Is there still a chance?
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CONVERSION! REYNOLDS! 31-21. It is a 10 point game with four minutes to play. Surely not...
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Lions on attack with a line-out inside the Cheetahs 22.
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FULL TIME! 31-28. THE FREE STATE CHEETAHS ARE CURRIE CUP 2019 CHAMPIONS. A poor second half from both sides but the Lions scored three late tries to make it look competitive, the reality is that the Cheetahs were comfortable winners and one feels that had the need arisen they could have gone up a gear or two.
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CONVERSION! REYNOLDS! 31-28. Easy kick but its all too late.
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TRY! LIONS! SCHOEMAN! 31-26. The Lions score on the hooter again. Superb play, three tries in the final 10 minutes.
Free State Cheetahs
Golden Lions
4
Tries
4
10' Joseph Dweba
25' William Small...
29' Clayton Blomm...
36' Walt Steenkamp
14' Wandisile Sim...
70' Dillon Smit
74' James Venter
80' James Venter
4
Conversions
4
12' Ruan Pienaar
26' Ruan Pienaar
30' Ruan Pienaar
38' Ruan Pienaar
15' Shaun Reynolds
71' Shaun Reynolds
75' Shaun Reynolds
80' Shaun Reynolds
1
Penalties
0
17' Ruan Pienaar
0
Drop Goals
0
2
Yellow Cards
1
65' Sintu Manjezi
76' Abongile Nonk...
76' Dillon Smit
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Ox Nche
Joseph Dweba
Erich De Jager
Sintu Manjezi
Walt Steenkamp
Gerhardus Olivier
Junior Pokomela
Henco Venter
Ruan Pienaar
Tian Schoeman
Tian Meyer
Dries Swanepoel
Benhard Janse van...
William Small-Smith
Clayton Blommetjies
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Dylan Smith
Pieter Jansen
Jacobie Adriaanse
Ruben Schoeman
Marvin Orie
Marnus Schoeman
Cyle Brink
Hacjivah Dayimani
Ross Cronje
Shaun Reynolds
Stean Pienaar
Duncan Matthews
Wandisile Simelane
Madosh Tambwe
Tyrone Green
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Reserves
8
Jacques Du Toit
Charles Marais
Reinach Venter
JP du Preez
Jasper Wiese
Abongile Nonkontwana
Louis Fouche
Darren Adonis
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Jan-Henning Campher
Nathan McBeth
Johannes Jonker
Wilhelm van der S...
Len Massyn
Dillon Smit
Jan-Louis La Grange
James Venter