Fiji Time: 4:36 PM on Thursday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Lions down Cheetahs

Afp
Monday, February 17, 2014

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - A last-minute drop goal from debutant Marnitz Boshoff earned the Golden Lions a shock 21-20 triumph over the Central Cheetahs on Saturday in the opening 2014 Super Rugby match.

The fly-half, playing only because first-choice Elton Jantjies is injured, also succeeded with all six penalty attempts to emerge as the star at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Few gave the Lions a chance of victory as they returned to the southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship having won a promotion play-off against the Southern Kings.

But the accurate goal-kicking of Boshoff kept them in touch against opponents, who wasted a chance to build a late five-point lead when fly-half Elgar Watts fluffed a kickable penalty.

It was a dismal start for a home side hoping to build on a sixth-place finish last year — their highest — and a narrow play-off loss to Australia's Brumbies.

Replacement Jean Cook did not help the hosts by being sin-binned on 62 minutes.

The home side led 10-9 at half-time.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Nadolo out
  2. Unapproved move
  3. Ruggers to shave
  4. School observe Diwali in style
  5. No rush
  6. Auditor cites poor record keeping
  7. Defacto partner charged with murder
  8. Pink morning fundraiser
  9. Fish spawning critical
  10. Diwali treat for elderly

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  5. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  6. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Budget overspent Wednesday (22 Oct)
  8. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  9. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. $20m in excess Wednesday (22 Oct)