Lions 9 vs Brumbies 14
beaten at the death
Brumbies score winning try towards the end of the match
The Lions defended like demons in this match, and had most of
the territorial advantage, but unfortunately late in the match the Brumbies
established an overlap from which they scored the winning try in the right hand
corner to take the game 14-9.
Julian Huxley started the match for the Brumbies, and initially
both teams were kicking for possession, with the first mistake of the game
coming from Jaco van Schalkwyk, who failed to field a high ball. Luckily
Januarie did well to rip the ball from one of the Brumbies in the backline move
that followed from the resulting scrum, and the Lions were suddenly attacking
left and right, but the Brumbies defense held.
conceded an early penalty, but Huxley kicked it just under the crossbar, but
shortly thereafter, he succeeded with a more difficult one to put the Brumbies
in a 3-0 lead.
7 minutes into the game, the Brumbies did not
release the ball in a ruck, and Andre Pretorius kicked the penalty from just
inside the Brumbies half to make it three all.
later the Lions were a little bit under pressure inside their 22 with the
Brumbies attacking, but Wallace-Harrison knocked the ball and Jaco van Schalkwyk
attempted to clear. His kick didn't find touch, and Huxley managed to kick a
drop without any pressure on him from about the halfway line, the Brumbies back
in the lead 6-3.
19 minutes into the game the Brumbies had their
hands in a ruck on their 10 meter line, and Pretorius evened the score at 6-6.
thereafter, the Brumbies were awarded a penalty for the Lions going off their
feet at a ruck just about 5 meters from their line, the Brumbies decided to run
the ball and fortunately for the Lions, the Brumbies then went off their feet at
the next ruck, and so their chance to take the lead again was lost.
minutes into the game the Lions had their best chance for a try, with Ludik put
into space from an overlap, and just the Fullback Huxley to beat, but Huxley did
well and tackled Ludik over the touchline meters from the corner flag.
teams attacked at every opportunity, with both Pretorius and Huxley missing
dropgoal attempts in the next 11 minutes, so the halftime score was still 6-6.
second half started just like the 1st ended, frantic end to end stuff, and
eventually the Lions went offside deep in their own 22, and offered another
chance for Huxley to put the Brumbies in the lead, which he did, 9-6 for the
11 minutes into the 2nd half the Brumbies conceded a
penalty at their scrum on their own 10 meter line, and Andre Pretorius kicked
the penalty to make it 9-9 again.
Just three minutes later, Ernst
Joubert was penalised for leaning over a ruck and slapping the ball out of
Gregan's hands, just inside the Lions half, and this time Huxley pushed the
penalty attempt to the right.
23 minutes into the 2nd half
Vermaak thought he scored a try, but he was called back, the ref ruled that
there was obstruction by the Lions.
Three minutes later Pretorius
attempted another dropgoal, but pushed it to the right.
replaced with 11 minutes to go in the game, and he got a standing ovation from a
huge portion of the crowd on the Western stand.
33 minutes into
the 2nd half the Lions attempted to run a ball from deep in their own 22, but
they turned the ball over and the Brumbies had a huge overlap on the right, the
ball went through the hands, and Huxley scored in the corner. He missed the
conversion, but the Brumbies was in the lead again, 14-9 the score.
Brumbies cleverly ran down the clock from here on, and managed to prevent the
Lions from getting field position from which they could try and score, and that
was the final score, 14-9 for the Brumbies.
For the Lions:
Pens: Andre Pretorius (3)
For the Brumbies:
Tries: Julian Huxley
Pens: Julian Huxley (2)
Drops: Julian Huxley (1)
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Doppies la Grange, 11 Jaque Fourie, 10 Andre Pretorius(c), 9 Enrico Januarie, 8
Jacques Cronje, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton van Zyl,
4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Ethienne Reynecke, 1 Brian Mujati.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Franco
van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Earl Rose, 22 Wylie Human.
Brumbies: 15. Julian Huxley, 14. Clyde Rathbone, 13. Adam
12. Gene Fairbanks, 11. Mark Gerrard, 10. Stephen Larkham, 9. George Gregan, 8.
Stephen Hoiles, 7. George Smith(c), 6.
Jone Tawake, 5. Mark Chisholm, 4. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3. Guy Shepherdson, 2.
Jeremy Paul, 1. Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. John Ulugia, 18. Richard Stanford, 19. Julian
Salvi, 20. Patrick Phibbs, 21. Peter Playford, 22. Francis Fainifo.
Referee: Paul Honiss (NZ)
Touch judges: Bryce Lawrence (NZ) and JC Fortuin (SA)
TV Match Official: Johann Meuwesen (SA)