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The 2016 Currie Cup semi-finals get under way on Saturday at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, when the Free State Cheetahs welcome the Golden Lions. The Cheetahs are played seven and won seven in 2016, and finished nine points clear at the top of the regular season table. If they record an eighth victory of the campaign on Saturday, they will enjoy home advantage in the final against the Blue Bulls or Western Province (WP).
The Golden Lions have already made one trip to Bloem once this season, in Round 7, when they were beaten by 29-39. However, they led at the interval 26-15, and were disappointed not to take the Free State Cheetahs winning record. In 2015 the Lions won the semi-final against the Cheetahs by 43-33, on their way to claiming the title, recording a 100% winning season. However, poor away from has hindered their defence of their crown, with their only victory on the road coming against the Kings, who finished at the bottom of the regular season table. The Champions very nearly didn't make it through to the knockout phase, having trailed 0-10 at half-time in their final fixture against the Sharks, when they needed to win to qualify. However, they found the desire to fight back after the interval and recovered to win 28-16.
Posted: 15th September 2016
The Table topping Free State Cheetahs meet the reigning Currie Cup Champions in the opening fixture of Round 7 of the 2016 Tournament at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Thursday. The Cheetahs took a massive step towards claiming top spot in the ladder at the end of the regular season, when they recorded their fifth straight win of the season last weekend. A trip to their nearest rivals the Sharks promised probably their toughest assignment of the campaign to date. However, they came away with another bonus point victory by 38-30, a third win on the road, and now hold a four point advantage over the Sharks and the Bulls, both of whom have played a game more.
After losing at the Bulls in Round 5, a second loss of 2016 for the Champions, the Golden Lions found themselves outside of the top four play-off positions, and facing a run in, that would need at least three wins from four outings to qualify for the post-season knockout phase, and a chance to defend their crown. Last weekend they produced one of their best performances of the season, as they beat Western Province at home by 58-32. They are now two points behind the Griquas, having played the save number of matches, and a further point adrift of the Sharks and the Bulls both of which have played an additional game.
Posted: 26th September 2015
The Free State made a significant step towards clinching a post-season play-off in the 2015 Currie Cup, when they secured a bonus point win in Round 7 against the visiting Griquas in Bloemfontein. On Saturday, however, they will face a much tougher task at the same venue, when they host the unbeaten Golden Lions.
The Cheetahs fixture list has done them no favours, having had to face the Blue Bulls and Western Province home and away in the first half of the season, they have however, taken advantage of facing the Griquas twice, securing two of their three wins against those particular opponents. Although a top two finish looks assured for the Golden Lions they have still to secure top spot on the table, bringing with it the advantage of playing at home through the play-offs. They will hope to secure that reward as soon as possible, in order to rest key players from the final fixtures ahead of the knock-out phase. For the Free State Cheetahs, who have a four point advantage over the chasing Sharks and Pumas, their final two fixtures, which are against those opponents, will be of more importance, and are likely to be more winnable than the game against the Lions.
Posted: 1st October 2011
In the Currie Cup this week, the Free State Cheetahs take on the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein, a match that will happen at 15:00 local time an two hours earlier GMT for those watching the match from afar. The tournament date will be Saturday, October 1st. The Golden Lions are right now in the top spot in the standings, with eleven games played and nine of them won. That gives them a total of 43 points so far this season. The Free State Cheetahs aren't doing too badly either, with third place after winning six of eleven games and taking home 35 points.
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