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Lions 75 vs Boland 0

Lions beat Boland and takes 3rd spot

Boland remain scoreless in match

The Lions needed to beat Boland to finish 3rd on the Currie Cup log, and that's just what they did at Ellis park on Saturday, running out 75-0 victors and claiming a semi-final spot.

Earl Rose started with a blunder when his kickoff went straight into touch, and to make matters worse, the Lions were penalised at the resulting scrum on the center spot. Lucklily the penalty kick from Boland hit the right upright and Freddie van Zyl was able to gather the ball and find touch.

The Lions immediately signaled their intentions by running all the ball they got at Boland, and after just five minutes were able to drive a maul from penalty lineout over for a try, scored by Jacques Cronje. Earl Rose converted to put the Lions 7-0 ahead.

10 minutes into the match inside centre Walter Venter scored the second try for the Lions, this from broken play inside the Boland 22 meter line where the forwards were taking it up and some slick passing between the players, and eventually Cobus Grobler burst through and with only one Boland defender to beat, passed to Venter who rounded off. Rose again converted, the score 14-0.

Just three minutes later it was try-time again, the Lions sent the ball down the backline just inside the Boland half, and on the right found themselves with a one man overlap when Ludik joined the line. Ludik managed to break the tackle of the last defender and also beat the cross defense from Mofu to score in the right corner. This time Rose missed the difficult conversion, but the score already 19-0 after just 13 minutes.

21 minutes into the game it was the fourth for the Lions, Boland kicked a high one from just outside their 22 that was fielded by Ludik on his own 10 meter line, from the ruck the ball came left down the backline, and again the Lions found themselves with an overlap, Jaco Pretorius was on the wing and ran in the try from about the halfway line, stepping inside Peach on the way. Rose converted to make it 26-0.

Just 4 minutes later Boland was attacking the Lions inside the Lions 22 meter area, close to the touchline on the right, where a maul developed, the Lions ripped the ball and it went to Ryno Benjamin standing on the left wing, who had 90 meters of open field in front of him, and needing no invitation sprinted in for the try, again converted by Rose, the score now 33-0.

33 minutes into the game Benjamin scored his second, this from a Lions free kick from a scrum on their own 10 meter line, Freddie van Zyl tapped and passed to Grobler, who with his forwards made good ground, when the ball came out the loosies took it up further, and when it came out it went down the backline again, where once again the Lions had an overlap, Bejamin getting the ball from Pretorius in space on the halfway line and running in the try in the left corner, converted again by Rose. 

Just 4 minutes later Benjamin scored his third, looking for work on the right deep inside the 22 meter area of Boland, and finding himself in an overlap on the right wing, diving over in the corner. Rose converted the difficult kick, the Lions in the lead 47-0, also the score at the break.

Boland started the 2nd half better, enjoying most of the field position in the first 7 minutes but failing to capatalise. Papier came very close to scoring when he stole a Lions ball from a scrum on the halfway line, racing to the left corner, but Rose on cover defense caught him on the corner and tackled him into touch. 

It took the Lions a whole 8 minutes to score their first try in the 2nd half, and it was from a ball that came down the backline to the right on about the halfway line, where Jannie Boshoff fielded the ball and ran strongly. Pretorius ran into a position on his right, and took the pass when Boshoff was stopped, with Boshoff now in support, and when Pretorius was stopped, he passed to Boshoff and then ran in support on his inside, where he took the pass from Boshoff on about the Boland 22 meter line, and beat all the cover defense to score under the poles. Rose converted to make it 54-0 for the Lions.

17 minutes into the 2nd half Sephaka replaced Janse van Rensburg.

2 minutes later the Lions sent the ball down the backline to the right again, and Jannie Boshoff was on the wing and the Lions had another overlap, the cover almost caught Boshoff but he dived over in the right corner for the try. Rose converted to make it 61-0.

Franco van der Merwe, Ernst Joubert and Wylie Human came on at this stage for Van Zyl, Cronje and Benjamin.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Jano Vermaak came on for the Lions.

A minute later Jannie Boshoff scored his second, this from a great run by Wylie Human up the left touchline, taking the ball from about the halfway line to deep into the Boland 22, when the ball came out the ruck it went down the backline to the right where Boshoff ran into a gap between the defenders and scored his second.

31 minutes into the 2nd half it was Ludik's turn to score his second, Human took the ball up on the left wing deep inside the Boland 22, and when he was tackled, passed to Ludik in support on his right, who beat the weak Boland defense and scored under the poles. Rose converted to make the score 75-0 and that was also the final score. 

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Tries:
Jacques Cronje, Walter Venter, Louis Ludik(2), Jaco Pretorius(2), Ryno Benjamin(3), Jannie Boshoff(2)         
Cons: Earl Rose(10)            
Pens:     
 
Drops:          

For Boland:
Tries:       
       
Cons:         
Pens:          
Drops:     
  

Yellow card: none
Red card: none 

Teams:
 
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Freddie van Zyl, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Wilhelm Koch, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Gert van der Merwe, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 JC janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Ernst Joubert, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Wylie Human.

Boland: 15. Justin Peach, 14. Rennie Dazel, 13. Mark Esterhuizen, 12. Hennie Daniller, 11. Alvin Hugo, 10. Antonius Verhoeven, 9. Neil Papier, 8. Nicolas Prinsloo(c), 7. Francis Horne, 6. Angelo Brinkhuys, 5. Coenraad Basson, 4. Jaco Nel, 3. Tommy Dixon, 2. Clemen Lewis, 1. Cornelius Vermaas.
Replacements: 16. Johannes Gilomee, 17. Pieter Terblanche, 18. Dries van Schalkwyk, 19. Zolani Mofu, 20. Dewaldt Duvenhage, 21. Lionel Cornelius, 22. Monty Liebenberg.  


Referee: JC Fortuin (SARU) 
Touch judges: Jaco Peyper (FS) and Peet Badenhorst (Lions)
TV Match Official:
None?

 
 
 
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