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Cheetahs Are True Champions

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The Free State Cheetahs held on in the face of a fast-charging Golden Lions team to be crowned 2019 Currie Cup champions.

The hosts, Cheetahs, held a 31-7 lead at half-time in an entertaining encounter in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Three tries in the last 15 minutes by the Lions were not enough, the Cheetahs holding on for a 31-28 win – a Ruan Pienaar penalty proving to be the difference.

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The scorers:

For the Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Dweba, Small-Smith, Blommetjies, Steenkamp, Wiese
Cons: Pienaar 4
Pen: Pienaar

For the Golden Lions:
Tries: Simelane, Smit, Venter 2
Cons: Reynolds 4

Yellow cards: Sintu Manjezi (Free State Cheetahs, 65 – repeated infringements, collapsing the maul), Dillon Smit (Golden Lions, 76 – foul play, fighting), Abongile Nonkontwana (Free State Cheetahs, 76 – foul play, fighting)

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 William Small-Smith, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Tian Meyer (captain), 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Erich de Jager, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Abongile Nonkontwana, 22 Louis Fouche, 22 Darren Adonis.

Golden Lions: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Duncan Matthews, 11 Stean Pienaar, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jan-Louis la Grange, 23 James Venter.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Egon Seconds
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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