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.
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.
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
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.
For the Lions:
Tries: Jacques Cronje, Walter Venter, Louis Ludik(2), Jaco
Pretorius(2), Ryno Benjamin(3), Jannie Boshoff(2)
Cons: Earl Rose(10)
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
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
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Franco
van der Merwe, 19 Ernst Joubert, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Wylie
Boland: 15. Justin Peach, 14. Rennie Dazel, 13. Mark
Esterhuizen, 12. Hennie Daniller, 11. Alvin Hugo, 10. Antonius Verhoeven, 9.
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.
Referee: JC Fortuin (SARU)
Touch judges: Jaco Peyper (FS) and Peet Badenhorst (Lions)
TV Match Official: None?