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Lions 34 vs Griquas 32

Lions hold on for a win

Griquas come back strong in second half

The Lions won their game against Griquas at Ellis Park on Saturday, scoring 5 tries to 4 and therefore also getting the much needed bonus point. In the first half it was just the Lions, with the halftime score 24-7 in their favour, but in the second half Griquas came back strong, and almost caused an upset to the Lions plans for a semi-final spot.

The Lions made a great start, scoring their first try in the first minute of the game. The home team had a line-out on the Griquas 22 meter line, drove it up a bit with the forwards, and when it became static the ball went from Eyre to Van Schalkwyk, who chipped the ball into a vacant space just inside the Griquas 22, the bounce was unkind to the Griquas wing and fullback, who saw it bounce into the hands of Jaco Pretorius who had the speed to run round them and dot down the ball for the try. Rose converted and the Lions were in an early 7-0 lead.

Rose had a chance to increase the lead in the 7th minute with a penalty on the Griquas 10 meter line, 15 meters infield, but his kick never had the legs.

In the 13th minute the Lions lost another opportunity when they had a line-out just outside the Griquas 5 meter line, but the throw in from Van der Walt was skew.

After 21 minutes Marius Hurter was limping and was replaced by Bertus Smit.

Only in the 25th minute the scoreboard ticked over again, this time the Griquas backline went offside on their own 22, and Earl Rose kicked the penalty to make it 10-0.

Right from the kickoff the Lions scored again, with Jaco Pretorius starting to run from deep inside in his own 22, and beating the defense and making it all the way to almost on the Griquas 22 meter line, where he passed to Doppies la Grange who dotted down under the posts. Rose converted to make it 17-0.

At this stage Ethienne Reynecke replaced James van der Walt at hooker.

35 minutes into the game TMO Shaun Veldsman earned his money when he awarded a Doppies la Grange try, (his second), this after a Lions maul went over the try line and Doppies managed to dot it down. Rose kicked the conversion to make it 24-0 for the Lions.

Griquas then scored their first try from the kickoff, the regained possession of the kick and established an overlap on the right, where Gareth Krause managed to score the try, and Barnard made no mistake with the conversion, the score 24-7 for the Lions, also the score at the break 

Vermaak replaced Eyre during the break.

Early in the 2nd half Sephaka went offside at a ruck just outside his 22 and was penalised, and Barnard kicked the easy penalty to make the score 24-10 for the Lions.

The Lions hit back 6 minutes into the 2nd half, with Earl Rose breaking the defensive line of Griquas just outside their 22, and with just the Fullback in front of him, he passed to Ernst Joubert on his left, who managed to cross the line for the try. Rose hit the upright with the conversion, the score 29-10 for the Lions.

Heinke van der Merwe and Andre Pretorius then replaced Sephaka and Van Schalkwyk.

In the 15th minute of the second half the Lions backline went offside on their 10 meter line, and again Barnard punished them by kicking the penalty over, the score 29-13 for the Lions.

Again the Lions backline went offside, inside their own 22, and this time Griquas caught the Lions napping, taking a quick tap, and Dlomo managed to score in the right corner. Barnard missed the difficult conversion, but the score was now only 29-18 for the Lions.

Griquas then stunned the Lions with a great try, the ball coming down the backline and Carse broke the line on the Lions 22 and scored a great try. Barnard converted, the score now 29-25 for the Lions, with Pietie Ferreira coming on for Franco van der Merwe.

The Lions then scored a valuable try, from a penalty that was kicked for touch, they mauled it closer to the Griquas line, and from this Ethienne Reynecke burst away and managed to score the try. Pretorius missed the conversion, but the Lions was now leading 34-25, with five minutes to go.

Ndaka joined play in the place of Jaco Pretorius.

Griquas the scored another great try, running a penalty from deep inside their 22, and catching the Lions asleep, with few defenders on the left, Alshaun Bock eventually dotting down under the posts, and also converting his own try.

Time was basically over, but Griquas attacked like demons, trying to score the winning try after the hooter, or getting a penalty that might win them the game, but luckily for the Lions they eventually managed to turn over a ball at one of the rucks, and Andre Pretorius kicked the ball into touch for the Lions to win the game.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Jaco Pretorius, Doppies la Grange(2), Ernst Joubert, Ethienne Reynecke     
Earl Rose(3)    
Earl Rose      

For Griquas:
Gareth Krause, Vuyani Dlomo, Tertius Carse, Alshaun Bock       
Cons: Conrad Barnard (2), Alshaun Bock
Pens: Conrad Barnard (2)  

Yellow card: none
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Nic Eyre, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Cobus Grobbelaar, 6 Wikus van Heerden(capt), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Marius Hurter, 2 James van der Walt, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Bertus Smit, 19 Pietie Ferreira, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Andre Pretorius, 22 Thobela Ndaka.

Griquas: 15. Bobby Joubert, 14. Vuyani Dlomo, 13. Jacobus Bekker, 12. Tertius Carse, 11. Chumani Booi, 10. Conrad Barnard, 9. JP Joubert, 8. Frans Viljoen, 7. Gareth Krause(c), 6. Heinrich Stride, 5. Lodie Britz, 4. Wayne van Heerden, 3. Cornelis Rautenbach, 2. Willie Wepener, 1. Eugene van Staden.
Replacements: 16. Dean Hopp, 17. Hedley Wessels, 18. Brendon Snyman, 19. Jacques Burger, 20. Tobie Botes, 21. Alshaun Bock, 22. Johan Kruger 

Referee: Phillip Bosch
Touch judges: JC Fortuin & Roderick Barry 
TV Match Official: Shaun Veldsman (who lied to me when he said he gets paid per refferal..)

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