The Cheetahs scored a bonus point win against the Lions in Johannesburg.
The Lions led 16-13 at halftime but the Cheetahs dominated the early part of the second half to score their fourth try by the 54th minute and led 27-19 going into the last quarter.
A strong last 10 minutes from the Lions was not enough to secure a home win and they fell short by a point.
Johan Sadie enjoyed a good afternoon for the Cheetahs and showed the kind of form that saw him spoken of as a potential Springbok when playing for the Stormers and Western Province two seasons ago.
Golden Lions – Tries: Stokkies Hanekom, Willie Britz, Ruan Dreyer. Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff. Penalties: Boshoff (4).
FS Cheetahs – Tries: Robert Ebersohn, Boom Prinsloo, Sarel Pretorius, Johann Sadie. Conversions: Riaan Smit, Elgar Watts. Penalties: Smit, Watts.
Golden Lions – 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Derick Minnie (c), 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Subs: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Cronjé/Robert de Bruyn.
FS Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (c), 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Teboho Mohoje, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Joubert Engelbrecht, 22 Piet Lindeque.