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Lions extend winning run

Published 25/04/2015

Elton Jantjies, pictured, kicked 14 points for the Lions
Elton Jantjies, pictured, kicked 14 points for the Lions

The Lions extended their winning streak to five matches on Saturday with a pulsating 34-29 victory over the Cheetahs.

Warwick Tecklenburg, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe and Faf de Klerk all went over for the Lions with Elton Jantjies adding 14 points with the boot.

Cornal Hendricks, Francois Venter, Johann Sadie and Carel Greeff responded for the Cheetahs and Joe Pietersen nailed nine points as both teams claimed a bonus in an entertaining encounter which ebbed and flowed.

Tecklenburg went over after just three minutes as impressive running from Harold Vorster made the yards and the back-rower touched down with Jantjies adding the extras.

The Lions continued to dominate play but it was the Cheetahs who had the next try when Hendricks ran in from close to halfway and Pietersen's kick levelled the scores.

A Pietersen drop-goal edged the visitors ahead just before the break but Combrinck latched onto a Mapoe offload to go over two minutes after the break and Jantjies' boot made it 14-10.

Just a minute later, the Lions had another, this time Mapoe made the break to touchdown and again Jantjies made no mistake.

A Jantjies penalty extended the lead to 14 but the Cheetahs hit back with two quick tries of their own to set up a tense finish.

First some good work from the forwards allowed Venter to go over wide and then Sadie was the beneficiary of some impressive work from Pietersen, who also converted both scores, to make it 24-24 with 15 minutes to play.

Another Jantjies penalty edged the Lions ahead and with six minutes to play De Klerk scored the vital try, taking advantage of a strong run and pass inside from Combrinck.

Jantjies' conversion extended the gap to 10 points and left Greeff's late try as a mere consolation.

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