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/ 24 February 2008

Classy Blues outplay mediocre Lions

It was a lesson in skill, speed and possession when the Blues outplayed the Lions 55-10 in a Super 14 match at Ellis Park on Saturday night. The early perception was that the Lions tried to stretch it just for the sake of stretching, with little structure to their forays. The Blues, on the other hand, looked dangerous every time they took it wide or inter-passed.

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/ 16 February 2008

Rose kicks Lions to narrow win over Cheetahs

Replacement flyhalf Earl Rose landed two late kicks to earn the Lions a 23-22 win at the Cheetahs in the Super 14 on Saturday. The Lions were outscored by three tries to two in a tense South African derby where the lead changed hands five times. The Cheetahs were on target in the second minute when right wing Eddie Fredericks ended a sweeping move by diving over in the corner.

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/ 27 October 2007

Cheetahs edge Lions in Currie Cup thriller

Three yellow cards, two of them on the advice of the touch judges, played a huge part in the Absa Currie Cup final played at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday, which saw the Free State Cheetahs beat the Lions 20-18. The Cheetahs, with the victory, retained their hold on the Currie Cup that they had shared with the Blue Bulls in the 2006 final.

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/ 25 October 2007

Cheetahs set for forward tussle

With five forwards and only two backs on the bench, it does not take a rocket scientist to predict that the Cheetahs will play it mostly tight in Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final against the Lions in Bloemfontein. And the Lions are aware of it. ”They will probably try and make a statement with their forwards, but we’ll just play our own game,” said Lions coach Eugene Eloff.

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/ 16 October 2007

SA, capital of white-collar crime

South Africa has the worst white-collar crime rate in the world, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Companies reported an average of 23 cases of fraud during the past two years, with each organisation losing an average of over R7,4-million in that period, according to the survey.

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/ 13 October 2007

Lions upset Sharks to enter finals

Like Australia and New Zealand in the World Cup last weekend, the Sharks somehow contrived to squander 30 minutes of total supremacy and then allowed the Golden Lions — who defended like Trojans in the second half — to score three unanswered tries against them and advance to the Currie Cup rugby final.

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/ 15 September 2007

Cheetahs beat lions in error-filled match

It was not a pretty game to watch or one to remember as the Free State Cheetahs and the Lions made far too many mistakes in a Currie Cup game in Bloemfontein that was eventually won by the home side 24-19. The stars of the night for the hosts were undoubtedly Marius Joubert (centre), Heinrich Brüssow (replacement flanker) and Jannie du Plessis (prop).

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/ 1 September 2007

Sharks romp to 21-3 victory

It was meant to be the feature game of the weekend Absa Currie Cup rugby fixtures but in fact the confrontation between the Sharks and the Golden Lions was almost a slow motion affair until a semi-power failure with 25 minutes to go sparked the Sharks into action for their first try in an important 21-3 victory.