Lions 45 vs Griquas 24
five points against Griquas
Griquas score four tries for a bonus point
Griquas hasn't won a match at Ellis Park since 1991, and on
Saturday it was no different, with the Lions running out 45-24 winners at Ellis
Park, scoring six tries to four and the Lions earning the vital five log points
from the match.
Lions started well when Ryno Benjamin put pressure on the Griquas receiver of
the kickoff, and managed to catch him in possession, with the rest of the
forwards then helping to turn the ball over and attack the Griquas line. The
Lions set up a number of phases but eventually conceded a penalty to let the
Griquas scored the first try against the run of play
after six minutes, this from a line-out on the Lions 22 meter line where they
drove with the forwards and managed to cross the Lions try-line, with hooker
Hansie van Dyk at the back of the maul scoring the try. Barnard missed the
conversion from the touch line, but Griquas was in front 5-0 after 6 minutes.
minutes later the Lions hit back with a well worked try of their own, this from
a line-out on the Griquas 22 meter line, the forwards split into 2 groups and
when the 1st group won the ball, the second group drove it up, recycled it and
returned it to the 1st group, who did the same, and when the ball came to the
2nd group again, instead of driving it up, Jacques Cronje passed it quickly to
Grobbelaar, who was in space and gained valuable meters, and when he was tackled
the ball came out on the Lions side very quick and that meant that the backline
to the right had an overlap and space, the ball went through the hands and Wylie
Human on the right wing jogged over for the try in the corner. Strydom converted
and the Lions were in the lead for the 1st time, 7-5 the score.
Bertus Smit replaced Mujati after just 17 minutes into the game,
Mujati looking like he injured his right hand.
23 minutes into
the 1st half the Lions extended their lead, when from broken play Wylie Human
got heavily tackled on about the Griquas 22 meter line, but he managed to get
the ball out to Doppies la Grange, who then passed to Louis Ludik, who broke the
1st tackle on him, and then just had the Fullback in front of him, easily
beating him on the right and scoring under the poles, Strydom converting to make
the score 14-5.
Just three minutes later it was try-time again
for the Lions, the backline running with purpose deep inside Griquas 22, and the
ball going from Strydom to La Grange who advanced to about 5 meters from the
try-line, and then the ball came out to Grobbelaar on his inside who dived over
for the try. Again Strydom converted, the score now 21-5.
minutes later Griquas had another line-out close to the Lions line, again they
used the driving tactic, and again it worked for them, with the same result,
hooker van Dyk again scoring the try, and again Barnard missed the conversion,
the score now 21-10 for the Lions.
36 minutes into the 1st half
the Lions were awarded a penalty just outside the Griquas 22 meter line for
hands in the ruck, and Strydom kicked it over for the Lions to now lead 24-10.
before the break there was a crucial try from Griquas, where they had another
line-out after a penalty on the Lions 22 meter line. This time the Lions managed
to stop the maul, but the ball came out to the Griquas backline, and Conrad
Barnard cleverly kicked a grubber that hit the right upright, and when it
bounced back Barry Geel at inside centre for Griquas caught it and dived over
for the third try for Griquas. This time Barnard also converted the easy kick,
and the score was 24-17 for the Lions, also the halftime score.
and Van Schalkwyk replaced Smit and Strydom at the start of the 2nd half, and
with Koch being a flanker it meant uncontested scrums from here on.
minutes into the 2nd half Jaco Pretorius scored the 4th try for the Lions under
the poles, this from a line-out that Anton Van Zyl stole on the Griquas 10 meter
line, the Lions ran the turnover ball and Pretorius received the pass in space
and ran in a great try. Vermaak converted this one to make the score 31-17 for
Three minutes later Griquas were on the attack more or
less on the halfway line, they knocked on the ball, grabbed by what looked like
Franco van der Merwe, and when he was tackled passed to Jano Vermaak on about
the halfway line, Vermaak darted for the left corner and managed to outsprint
everyone for a try, which he also converted to put the Lions in a 38-17 lead.
minutes into the 2nd half Jannie Boshoff replaced Ryno Benjamin on the left
wing. Griquas had another line-out on the Lions 22, again they mauled it up, and
when the maul disintegrated, the ball went to Gareth Krause on the blind side,
who dived over for a try in the corner. Barnard converted, the score 38-24 for
24 minutes into the 2nd half Williamson replaced
Wepener at Hooker for the Lions, and 4 minutes later Geo Cronje replaced Wilhelm
Koch, and then 4 minutes later Freddie van Zyl replaced Geo.
minutes into the 2nd half Griquas were running everything at the Lions and on
the Lions 22 meter line a ball was knocked on badly by Griquas, Doppies picked
it up and when he was tackled passed to Jaco van Schalkwyk, who then found
Jannie Boshoff on about the halfline, and Boshoff ran in the try from there,
converted by Vermaak to make the score 45-24, also the final score, a big win
for the Lions.
For the Lions:
Tries: Wylie Human, Louis Ludik, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jaco Pretorius, Jano
Vermaak, Jannie Boshoff
Cons: Louis Strydom(3), Jano Vermaak(3)
Pens: Louis Strydom
Tries: Hansie van Dyk(2), Barry Geel, Gareth Krause.
Cons: Conrad Barnard(2)
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Doppies la Grange, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8
Jacques Cronje, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Franco van der Merwe,
4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Gavin Williamson, 17 Bertus Smit, 18 Geo
Cronje, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Freddie van Zyl, 21 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 22
Griquas: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Baldwin McBean, 13. Ronnie
Cooke, 12. Barry Geel, 11. MJ Mentz, 10. Conrad Barnard, 9. Tertius Carse(c),
8. Heinrich Stride, 7. Frans Viljoen, 6. Jacques Burger, 5. Johannes Britz, 4.
Evan Botha, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2.
Hansie van Dyk, 1. Regardt Dreyer.
Replacements: 16. Dirk Louw, 17. Jacobus Roux, 18. Wayne van Heerden, 19. Gareth
Krause, 20. Wietz Botes, 21. Lafras Uys, 22. Tiger Mangweni.
Referee: Deon van Blommestein (SARU)
Touch judges: Christie du Preez (SARU) and Stuart Berry
TV Match Official: Michael Cupido (Lions)