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Super Rugby: Emirates Lions 24-24 Cheetahs

It was always going to be an entertaining battle between the two sides.

FILE: The home side needed only three minutes to get going. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - It was always going to be an entertaining battle between two sides that play positive rugby, and the tie at the Emirates Airlines park didn't disappoint.

The home side needed only three minutes to get going, Wawrick Tecklenburg at the end of a move started by Harold Voster.

But against the run of play, the Cheetahs made use of turnover ball, speedster Cornal Hendricks on hand to sprint away and over for a try.

A penalty before the break ensured the Cheetahs were ahead at half-time, but they were blitzed in the opening minutes of the second half.

Two converted tries in as many minutes, coming from Ruan Combrink and Lionel Mapoe, and a penalty, had the hosts 24-10 up by the 50th minute.

The second 40 minutes will have people talking for a long time to come, as it was then the turn of the visitors to score two quick tries, Francois Venter barging over in the 59th minute and then Johan Sadie three minutes later, 24 all with 17 minutes remaining.

There was to be a try going either side in those final minutes, in the end the only difference, was a Jantjies penalty and a conversion.

A spectacle of running rugby, mixed with below-par defending, the Lions making it five victories in a row.