Cheetahs review Lightning Lions

The Cheetahs recovered to maintain their Currie Cup unbeaten streak with a win over the Lions at Ellis Park on Friday night.

It was the Lions who struck first, taking a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter thanks to a try from winger Stean Pienaar and eight points from the boot of Tiaan Swanepoel.

The Cheetahs sprinted into the race to trail 20-14 at half-time thanks to a brace from Gideon van der Merwe, but the open flanker was shown a yellow card shortly before the break.

Swanepoel and Cheetahs captain Ruan Pienaar traded penalties shortly after Lions pre-lockdown restart Junior White was sent to the naughty chair for 10 minutes.

The hosts then succumbed to a succession of brutal runs from the Cheetahs before winger Duncan Saal scored wide. Pienaar added the extras for a two-point game before the final 10 minutes.

He launched the visitors ahead for the second time in the game, and Louis van der Westhuizen used the maul’s momentum to point before the Cheetahs skipper netted his third penalty of the half to seal a result of 35-26.

cheetahs An eighth straight win put them back at the top of the standings pending the outcome of Saturday’s game between the Bulls and the Griquas.

Charles P. Patton