Currie Cup final: Cheetahs 31-28 Lions – as it happened

by FariedaSeptember 11, 2019

Currie Cup final – Cheetahs vs Lions: The Cheetahs did enough in the first forty minutes to ensure they lifted the Currie Cup after the 2019 final in Bloemfontein ended with them beating the Lions 31-28.

The Cheetahs scored all of their points in the first half as they made the most of the Lions mistakes and built what proved to be an unassailable lead.

Joseph Dweba was awarded the man of the match after scoring the seventh try of the Currie Cup campaign. The promising hooker is somebody who could be in the Springbok frame in the near future. Ox Nche was equally influential and it was his great work that led to the Cheetahs third try of the game, scored by Clayton Blommetjies.

Wandisile Simelane had brought the Lions back on level terms after Dweba opened the scoring but the Cheetahs hit the front again through the boot of Ruan Pienaar. A Lions handling error led directly to William Small-Smith’s sprint into the corner that put daylight between the sides.

The Lions came back in the final ten minutes scoring three times but coming up just short of a remarkable comeback. The Cheetahs looked out on their feet when James Venter scored the Lions first of the second half but it was going to be a tough ask to score three more times in less than ten minutes. Smit scored with a sniping run and the Venter scored a second but before the Lions could snap a dropped conversion the hooter blew.


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