Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Cup

Alwyn Hollenbach © Gallo Images

Golden Lions put Cheetahs to the sword



Eighthman Dries van Schalkwyk scored two tries as the Golden Lions beat the Free State Cheetahs 37-19 (halftime 23-9) in their Vodacom Cup match played at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Cheetahs began with purpose and had flyhalf Johan Goosen to thank for an early lead thanks to three penalties, in the third, fifth and 14th minutes.

But the home side No 10 Burton Francis was equal to the task, slotting penalties in the eighth and 17th minutes to keep his team in touch before they stepped on the accelerator with three quick tries as the inexperience of the young visitors began to tell.

The first came in the 27th minute when impressive eighthman Van Schalkwyk dived over under the posts after a good buildup, but it was the Lions’ second score, on the stroke of halftime, that had the tiny crowd cheering.

Francis fielded a midfield ball near halfway and sidestepped past several Cheetahs chasers before the ball found its way to hooker Martin Bezuidenhout galloping down the left-hand touchline.

The front-row forward, with a full head of steam, ran well before offloading at the perfect moment to wing Dusty Noble on his inside.

Van Schalkwyk got his second just after the restart when a good run down the left-hand touchline by Jannie Boshoff saw Francis stab a kick through near the line, which the No 8 gratefully poached in front of the noses of a number of Cheetahs defenders.

Bezuidenhout was rewarded for his excellent play with the bonus-point try after 51 minutes, converted again by Francis for a 37-9 lead.

Replacements Franna du Toit and Marcel van der Merwe got over for the Free Staters with late consolation scores but it was too little, too late for the young men from Bloemfontein.

Scorers:

Golden Lions 37 – Tries: Dries van Schalkwyk (2), Dusty Noble, Martin Bezuidenhout. Conversions: Burton Francis (4). Penalties: Francis (3).

Free State 19 – Try: Franna du Toit, Marcel van der Merwe. Penalties: Johan Goosen (3).

Shop

The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R114.00
South Africa XV Ball
South Africa XV Ball Now: R119 Was: R200 Format:Sport EquipmentProduct type:SportDelivery:Dispatched within 24 hours (1 working day) This fan ball...
R119.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
Greetings from Chicago
My first time in this city and quite an occasion to be here with the All Blacks match against the...

Brenden Nel
Cape success and Bulls bluster
While few have noticed it, with the advent of the professional era, both the Blue Bulls and Western...

Gavin Rich
The Cape is where it’s happening
The Currie Cup may not be as important as it used to be, but if anyone doubted the passion that...

Alistair Hargreaves
Who's that kid at No 10 for the Boks?
I’m writing this column sitting on a London overground train as I make my way home from a long day...

Brendan Venter
Boks come of age
While the Springboks must be commended for ending their Rugby Championship campaign with...