Missed penalties and poor second half self-discipline value the Lions as they fell to a disappointing 35-26 defeat towards the Cheetahs of their Currie Cup conflict at Ellis Park on Friday night.
It was the Cheetahs’ eighth straight win and Lions ninth straight loss, displaying the distinction between the groups on reverse ends of the log.
Nevertheless, the Lions had been absolutely up for the sport and held a deserved 9 level lead after 65 minutes, however then watched in horror as their self-discipline went out the window permitting the Cheetahs to safe the win.
Within the first half the Cheetahs began nicely and an early line out within the Lions 22m ended with flank Jeandre Rudolph crashing over to attain, however the attempt was overturned because of obstruction within the maul.
This meant the Lions had an opportunity to go forward with a penalty within the 10th minute, however fullback Tiaan Swanepoel missed a kick he ought to have slotted from distance however in entrance.
Nevertheless the miss labored within the Lions favour as from the aim line drop out, the Lions attacked again into the Cheetahs half, unfold the ball shortly down the road the place Stean Pienaar managed to get away to run round and rating beneath the posts for a transformed attempt.
The Cheetahs self-discipline then began letting them down as Swanepoel knocked over two penalties both facet of the Cheetahs second overturned attempt because of a double motion from prop Aranos Coetzee, placing the house facet up 13-0 after 23 minutes.
Lastly the Cheetahs managed to search out their toes and acquired their large maul working, with flank Gideon van der Merwe and hooker Marnus van der Merwe scoring off the again of them, each transformed by scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, with them out of the blue 14-13 up with two minutes to go within the half.
Nevertheless the Lions confirmed nice character to win the ball again from the kick off and assault the Cheetahs line, resulting in Gideon van der Merwe being yellow carded for knowledgeable foul.
The Lions then took a fast faucet and flank Lindo Ncusane dived over, with the conversion giving the hosts a well-deserved 20-14 lead on the break.
The primary 23 minutes of the second half was then a kicking battle as Swanepoel missed one other kick he ought to have slotted, then he nailed his subsequent two penalties both facet one from Pienaar, earlier than Swanepoel missed a difficult probability, with the rating 26-17.
The Cheetahs then made the Lions pay for these misses as they scored a transformed attempt within the 66th minute by way of left wing Duncam Saal, whereas Pienaar nailed a penalty three minutes later to place them forward by a degree.
Two yellow playing cards to Lions alternative ahead Junior White and flank Sibusiso Sangweni within the final 10 minutes, plus an unconverted attempt to Cheetahs alternative hooker Louis van der Westhuizen and one other Pienaar penalty closed out the match for the guests.