Missed penalties and poor discipline in the second half cost the Lions when they suffered a 35-26 frustration with the Cheetahs in their Curry Cup clash at Ellis Park on Friday night.
It was the Cheetahs ’eighth win and the Lions’ ninth defeat in a row, showing the difference between the teams at opposite ends of the log.
However, the Lions were fully prepared for the game and held a well-deserved nine-point lead in the 65th minute, but then watched in horror as their discipline came out of the window, allowing the Cheetahs to secure victory.
In the first half, “Cheetahs” started well, and an early appearance at the 22nd Museum of “Lions” ended with the fact that on the flank of Gendra Rudolph overturned and scored a goal, but the attempt was canceled due to an obstacle in the pier.
That meant the Lions had a chance to come forward from the penalty spot at 10 p.m.th minute, but defender Qiaan Swanepoel missed a shot that was supposed to strike from distance, but ahead.
However, the miss worked in favor of the Lions, as they fell out of the goal line, and the Lions attacked back on half of the Cheetahs, quickly spread the ball along the line where Steano Pienar managed to get away, run around and score under the bars for a converted try.
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The Cheetahs ‘discipline began to disappoint them when Swanepoel scored two penalties on both sides of the Cheetahs’ second attempt due to a double movement by Aranas Kutzi, giving the hosts a 13-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
Finally the “cheetahs” managed to get to their feet and earned a huge trouble, with flank Gideon van der Merwe and whore Marnus van der Merwe killed them from behind, both turning their scrimmage Rouen Pienar, and they suddenly led 14-13 with two minutes before the start .
However, the Lions showed a great character to win the ball from the swing and attack the line of the Cheetahs, which led to the fact that Gideon van der Merwe received a yellow card for a professional foul.
The Lions then quickly pressed on the flank and Linda Nkusane dived, and the conversion gave the hosts a well-deserved lead in the break with a score of 20-14.
The first 23 minutes of the second half were kicked into battle when Swanepoel missed another shot he had to score, then he scored the next two penalties on both sides from Pienar before Swanepoel missed a sly chance 26-17.
The Cheetahs then forced the Lions to pay for those misses when they scored a converted attempt in 66th a minute later through the left wing Dunkam Saal, and Pionaar three minutes later scored a penalty to bring them forward by a point.
Two yellow cards to replace Lions forward Junior White and flank Sibusis Sangueni in the last 10 minutes, as well as an attempt to replace Hippard’s cousin Luis van der Westhaisen and another Penaar penalty have closed the away match.