Lions 24 (3) vs Reds 24 (0)
unable to hang on for win
Reds draw match with Latham try at end of match
The Lions drew 24 all with the Reds at
Ellis Park on Saturday, but once again the would feel that they probably should
have won this one, they were leading 24-17 with no time left on the clock, and
then were unable to defend against the sustained Reds attack at the end, letting
in the try that let the Reds draw the match.
Even though he practised his kick-off for a while before the match, Jaco van
Schalkwyk started with a big mistake when his kick went straight into touch, giving the
Reds a scrum in the middle of the field.
The Lions did go on the early attack, and then
deep inside the Reds 22 meter area, the backline hit left, where Schifcofske
intercepted and looked like he was away, but luckily for the Lions he was
offside and they were awarded a penalty instead of a Reds try. Jano Vermaak
kicked the penalty to put the Lions in an early 3-0 lead.
The Lions had a lucky break 12 minutes into the
match, when a clearance from his line by Jaco van Schalkwyk did not go out,
Latham caught it on the halfway line, drew his man and passed to Turinui on his
left, who was in space, he passed inside to other Reds players in support, one
of them got the ball but lost the ball in the tackle as he went over the line
for the try.
The next chance for the Lions came only 12 minutes
later, with the Reds going offside at a ruck just outside their 10 meter line,
but Jano Vermaak pushed the kick to the right off the poles.
Both teams ran the ball but could not finish
promising moves, and the halftime score was 3-0 for the Lions.
Franco van der Merwe replaced Gerhard Mostert
during the break for the Lions.
The Lions had the first chance in the second half,
when the Reds were penalised at a scrum just inside their 10 meter line. This
time Jano Vermaak didn't miss and the Lions were ahead 6-0 after 2 minutes of
the second half.
Straight away at the kick off the Lions conceded a
penalty of their own, just inside their 22 meter line, and Schifcofske kicked it
to reduce the Lions lead to 6-3.
7 minutes into the 2nd half the Reds scored the
1st try of the match, when Peter Hynes broke a tackle on about the halfway line
and then ran in the try from there, scoring to the right of the poles.
Schifcofske added the conversion and the Reds now in a 10-6 lead.
11 minutes into the 2nd half the Reds went offside
at a ruck deep inside their 22 again, and Vermaak added the 3 points with a
penalty, the Reds still leading 10-9.
Then 4 minutes later, a geat try by Joe van
Niekerk, it came from a Lions scrum just inside the Reds 10 meter line, Vermaak
passed to Van Schalkwyk on his left, who broke the defensive line, and passed to
Joe, who ran the 40 meters for the try, great try from first phase by the Lions.
Vermaak added the conversion to put the Lions in a 16-10 lead.
21 minutes into the 2nd half the Lions scored
another, from a ruck in the Reds half the ball went left from Vermaak to Van
Schalkwyk, who passed to Benjamin, he handed of the 1st tackle and then ran to
the left corner to score the try. Vermaak missed the conversion, the Lions now
in a 21-10 lead.
Four minutes later the Reds pulled one back, when
reserve hooker Stephen Moore picked the ball up at a ruck and beat a weak
tackle, he ran about 40 meters and was tackled just short of the Lions try-line,
but at the Ruck Rodney Blake picked up and powered over for the try. Schifcofske
converted and the score now 21-17.
Two minutes later Jaco van Schalkwyk kicked a drop
goal from broken play to increase the Lions lead to 24-17, and Reynecke and
Jonck came on for the Lions after this. Boshoff was also on for Venter, and
Alberts for Van Zyl.
34 minutes into the 2nd half the Lions went
offside just outside their 22, but the Reds opted for the line-out instead of
taking the 3 points. Unfortunately for them the move from their line-out broke
The Reds were now camping in the Lions 22 meter
area, and eventually they were able to score with Latham going over for the try.
Schifcofske added the conversion as the hooter went, and the final score was a
For the Lions:
Tries: Joe van Niekerk, Rayno Benjamin
Cons: Jano Vermaak
Pens: Jano Vermaak(3)
Drops: Jaco van Schalkwyk
For the Reds:
Tries: Peter Hynes, Rodney Blake, Chris Latham
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Walter Venter, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joe van
Niekerk, 7 Ernst Joubert(c), 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton Van Zyl, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Chris Jonck, 21
Rudi Vogt, 22 Jannie Boshoff.
Reds: 15. Chris Latham, 14. Clinton Schifcofske, 13.
Morgan Tirinui, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Peter Hynes, 10. Quade Cooper, 9.
Sam Cordingley(c), 8. Leroy Houston, 7. Poutasi Luafutu, 6. John Roe, 5. James
Van Humphries, 3. Dayna Edwards, 2. Sean Hardman, 1. Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Ed O'Donoghue,
19. David Croft, 20. Ben Lucas, 21. Brando Va'aulu, 22. Scott Higginbotham.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
Touch judges: Chris Pollock (NZ) and Marius Jonker (SA)
TV Match Official: Johan Meuwesen (SA)