Cheetahs hold off Lions to win Currie Cup
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]