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Cheetahs mauled by Lions in Bloemfontein
May 23, 2015
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Date/Time: May 23, 2015, 17:05 local, 15:05 GMT
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Cheetahs 17 - 40 Lions
Half-time: 3 - 23
Tries: Prinsloo 2
Cons: van Wyk 2
Pens: Brummer
Tries: de Klerk, Kriel, Mapoe, Skosan
Cons: Jantjies 4
Pens: Jantjies 4
Raymond Rhule of the Cheetahs is taken high by the Lions defence, Cheetahs v Lions, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, May 23, 2015
The Cheetahs were hammered by the Lions
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The Lions spoiled the final Super Rugby home match of the Cheetahs under coach Naka Drotske with a bonus-point 40-17 South African derby triumph on Saturday in Bloemfontein. A four-try victory at Free State Stadium kept alive the play-off hopes of a Johannesburg outfit who have exceeded expectations this season in the southern hemisphere championship.

Flawless goal-kicking by fly-half Elton Jantjies, good handling by backs and forwards, and powerful scrummaging were key factors in the comfortable success. The Lions host Australia's defending champion NSW Waratahs next weekend before visiting compatriots Western Stormers in their final game and two victories could see them through to the knockout stages.

Cheetahs 17-40 Lions (video available in Australia only)

But there was no fairy-tale home ground finale for former Springbok hooker Drotske, who is stepping down this month after nine years guiding the Bloemfontein outfit. Drotske will lead the Cheetahs for the last time next weekend away to the Stormers before starting a fire-extinguisher business.

The highlight of his long spell in charge was steering the Cheetahs to the play-offs two years ago. Flanker Jaco Kriel, centre Lionel Mapoe, winger Courtnall Skosan and scrum-half Faf de Klerk scored a try each for the Lions, who led 23-3 at half-time in perfect late South African autumn conditions. And Jantjies was back to his best goal-kicking form, not missing a shot as he slotted four conversions and four penalties for a 20-point contribution.

Flanker Boom Prinsloo scored two tries for the Cheetahs and replacement back Coenie van Wyk converted both.

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