The Lions have come back from another significant deficit to win a third straight Currie Cup match, this time beating the hitherto unbeaten Cheetahs by two points in an error-ridden round four match in Bloemfontein on Friday night.
Ivan van Rooyen’s men trailed 19-0 minutes before half-time, but then scored three tries either side of the interval to charge into the lead shortly after half-time and then kick the winning penalty in the last seconds of the match.
In round one the Lions came back to beat the Pumas 38-37, while last week they beat Western Province in Cape Town 30-28. Van Rooyen’s men now lead the way in this year’s Currie Cup, while the Cheetahs suffered their first defeat after earlier winning comfortably against the Bulls and Griquas.
It was all the Cheetahs in the first half as they dominated every department, except perhaps the lineouts. Their cause was helped in the initial stages by Lions lock Ruben Schoeman getting sin-binned in the 12th minute and the home team taking full advantage.
First home-town hooker Joseph Dweba, who besides his at times erratic lineout throwing enjoyed an industrious game, went over from a drive five metres out after finding his jumper in the lineout, and shortly thereafter lock Walt Steenkamp was in the right place at the right time to score his team’s second try when he intercepted a flick pass from off the ground by Lions prop Johannes Jonker.