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Lions 19 vs WP 16

Lions beat WP in nailbiter

WP attack to the end but fail to break the Lions defense. 

The Lions beat WP 19-16 at Ellis Park on Saturday in a nailbiting match where the result wasn't sure until right to the final whistle. The lead changed several times during the match, and the Lions finally went into the lead with 13 minutes to go, and managed to hang on for a great win.

The Lions started well with a perfect kickoff by Strydom, just inside the WP 22 and next to the touchline, forcing Province to kick for touch and giving the Lions a good position for attack. 

The Lions got the early lead with a penalty by Louis Strydom just three minutes into the game, this after hands in the ruck from Province on their try-line. 

8 minutes into the game the Lions still had most of the territorial advantage and putting the pressure on Province with clever attacking play, and eventually the Lions were awarded another penalty on the Province 22 meter line after an illegal tackle by Jantjes, Strydom kicked it to put the Lions in a 6-0 lead.

Just two minutes later the Lions conceded a penalty in their own 22 by joining a ruck from the side, Olivier kicked it to reduce the Lions lead to 6-3.

15 minutes into the game the Lions were rucking just outside the Province 22, and when the ball came out Strydom attempted a drop goal that just went left of the upright.

3 minutes later the Lions came close to scoring, when Strydom kicked into vacant space on the right side of the field, and Jaco Pretorius followed up and managed to take the ball out of the air. He just had one Province player to beat, albeit not with a lot of space, but unfortunately for the Lions the Province player made a good tackle and the chance was lost.

24 minutes into the game Grobler came on as a blood replacement for Van Zyl.

Just a minute later we almost had a try, where the Lions turned over a Province ball on the halfway line, the ball came left to Benjamin who kicked ahead into space, the ball rolling towards the Province tryline and a race between Conradie and Benjamin. They got to the ball at the same time, with Benjamin grabbing the bouncing ball and dotting down, but the TMO ruled that he knocked it on.

Three minutes later Province conceded a penalty in their own half again, Strydom kicked it over for the Lions to now lead 9-3.

With just ten minutes to go in the 1st half Anton van Zyl was yellow carded and a penalty awarded for Province just outside the Lions 10 meter line, but Olivier missed the kick to the right.

Now Province attacked with purpose, hitting left and right over the field, and eventually the Lions ran out of defenders and Naqelevuki ran in a try without a Lions defender in sight. Olivier added the conversion to put WP in front 10-9.

With just two minutes to go Province dived over a ruck just inside the Lions half, Strydom went for poles but hit the left upright, and the Lions almost recovered the ball but Province got it and cleared the ball, and that was it for the 1st half.

JC Janse van Rensburg and Jannie Boshoff replaced Sephaka and Pretorius during the break.

Just two minutes into the 2nd half Van Rensburg left the field with an injury, meaning Sephaka had to come back onto the field.

The Lions first chance for points came 13 minutes into the 2nd half when Province conceded a penalty inside their 22 for the tackler not rolling away. Strydom kicked it to put the Lions back in a 12-10 lead, still anybody's game.

Jaco van Schalkwyk was on for Molefe 16 minutes into the 2nd half, Molefe struggling with what looked like cramps

The Lions conceded a penalty on their 10 meter line when Wepener impeded Paulse from tackling Benjamin, and this time Peter Grant kicked the penalty to put Province back in the lead, 13-12 the score.

Almost immediatly afterwards the Lions conceded another penalty, this time on their 22, and Olivier kicked this one to stretch the Province lead to 16-12.

27 minutes into the second half the Lions scored their first try, this from a line break by Willem Alberts who put Jannie Boshoff in space, Boshoff still had work to do but managed to dot down on the line in the tackle. Strydom converted, the Lions back in the lead 19-16.

With 10 minutes to go Reynecke came on for Wepener.

The last 10 minutes saw some exciting attacks from Province, but the Lions managed to defend and eventually time ran out and the Lions got their victory over the Weeping Province.         

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Jannie Boshoff      
Cons: Strydom          

For WP:
Cons: Olivier       
Pens: Olivier(2), Grant        

Yellow card: Anton van Zyl(30m)
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Thabang Molefe, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Ernst Joubert(c), 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Cobus Grobler, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Freddie van Zyl, 21 Jannie Boshoff, 22 Jaco van Schalkwyk.

WP: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Breyton Paulse, 13. Corne Uys, 12. Peter Grant, 11. Sireli Naqelevuki, 10. Naas Olivier, 9. Bolla Conradie, 8. Robbie Diack, 7. Justin Melck, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Gerrie Britz, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Schalk Brits(c), 1. Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. JD Moller, 18. Selborne Boome, 19. Francois van der Merwe, 20. Paul Delport, 21. De Wet Barry, 22. Gio Aplon..  

Referee: Craig Joubert (SARU) 
Touch judges: Christie du Preez (SARU) and Cobus Wessels (Blue Bulls)
TV Match Official:
Johann Meuwesen (EP)

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