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Cheetahs hold off Lions to win Currie Cup

Date: Sep 9, 2019

Free State Cheetahs scored four first-half tries but ended up having to hold on grimly for a 31-28 win at home to the Golden Lions in Saturday’s Currie Cup final at the Free State Stadium.

It ensured only a sixth win in the 126-year history of South Africa’s top domestic rugby competition for the Cheetahs, but it was their third in the last 12 years.

Joseph Dweba, William Small-Smith, Clayton Blommetjies and Walt Steenkamp all crossed over for tries in a high-intensity first half as both sides went at each other  in a bruising physical contest. Veteran scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar added a penalty and four conversions for a 31-7 lead at the break with Wandisile Simelane scoring a consolation try for the visitors from Johannesburg. [Read More]

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