Lions 19 vs WP 16
Lions beat WP
WP attack to the end but fail to break the Lions
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Janse van Rensburg and Jannie Boshoff replaced Sephaka and Pretorius during the
Just two minutes into the 2nd half Van Rensburg left the
field with an injury, meaning Sephaka had to come back onto the field.
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.
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
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.
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
For the Lions:
Tries: Jannie Boshoff
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
WP: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Breyton Paulse, 13.
Corne Uys, 12. Peter Grant, 11. Sireli Naqelevuki, 10. Naas Olivier, 9. Bolla
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
TV Match Official: Johann Meuwesen (EP)