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Lions 13 (0) vs Stormers 22 (8)

Lions might have spoilt Stormers semi-final hopes

Stormers win but fail to score 4 tries.

The Lions went down 13-22 to the Stormers at Ellis Park on Saturday, but with only 5 minutes to go in the match the score was still 8-8 and the Lions could just not fill all the gaps anymore and let in two quick Stormers tries that sealed the match for the Stormers.

Jaco van Schalkwyk started the match in perfect weather for rugby, with just a slight breeze that might have an effect on the kicks at goal in this match. Unfortunately the kick went straight into touch for the first scrum of the match.

The Lions started well, keeping the Stormers under pressure and Louis Ludik almost had a clear run in from the Stormers 22 meter line, but the pass to him was ruled forward.

The Stormers had the next chance to score when Conrad Jantjes broke the line deep in the Lions 22 meter area, and with men on his right delayed the pass too long and saw the receiver tackled just short of the line and the chance lost.

16 minutes into the first half the Lions went offside at a ruck just on their 22 meter line, and this gave Peter Grant the chance to put the first points on the board, which he did and the Stormers were leading 3-0.

28 minutes into the game the Stormers were threatening the Lions try-line again, and then Walter Venter was yellow carded when the ref lost his patience with the Lions for repeated infringements.

3 minutes later the Stormers eventually scored their first try, it came from a ruck on the Lions try-line, the ball came down the backline to the left and Jean de Villiers managed to reach over and score in the tackle. Peter Grant missed the easy conversion but the score now 8-0 for the visvoete.

Walter Venter came back on with about a minute to play, but there was no more score so at the break the score was 8-0 for the Stormers.

Jano Vermaak came out the tunnel at number 9 after the break, replacing Chris Jonck, Franco van der Merwe for Dewald Senekal and Ross Geldenhuys for JC Janse van Rensburg. The Lions scored in the first minute of the 2nd half, they went wide and left from a scrum in their own half, and Benjamin was in space on the left, he passed back inside where Vermaak picked up the loose ball and he passed to Rose on his left who dived over in the left corner. Rose missed the conversion but the score now 8-5 for the Stormers.

14 minutes into the 2nd half the Stormers slapped the ball out of the hands of the scrummie at a ruck and conceded a penalty just inside their 10 meter line next to the touchline. Rose kicked the three points and it was 8-8.

21 minutes into the 2nd half Ettas came on for Wepener. Boshoff also on for Ludik.

The Lions came close with 10 minutes to go where Jano Vermaak chipped a ball over the Stormers backline and chased, he almost got to it first but was beaten to tha ball by a Stormer, but now the Lions had a scrum 5 meters out, unfortunately once again, the Stomers escaped from this.

The Lions looked out on their feet now, and the Stormers were hitting left and right, and eventually Naqelevuki was in space and too strong and he crossed for the try, converted by Grant and then just 2 minutes later the Stormers scored again, Diack crossing and again converted by Grant.

The Lions scored their second in the final minute, a kick ahead and Jannie Boshoff following up and falling on the ball for the try. Rose missed the conversion and that was the final score, 22-13.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Earl Rose, Jannie Boshoff  
Pens: Earl Rose  

For the Stormers:
Jean de Villiers, Naqelevuki, Diack 
Cons: Peter Grant(2) 
Pens: Peter Grant             

Yellow card: Walter Venter(28), Ross Geldenhuys(75)
Red card: None 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Joe van Niekerk, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 JC Janse van Rensburg, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Jannie Boshoff, 22 Dusty Noble.

Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers(c), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Enrico Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Myburgh, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Schalk Fereira.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Robbie Diack, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Tony Brown, 22 Dylan des Fountain. 

Referee: Marius Jonker (SA) 
Touch judges: Mark Lawrence (SA) and Cobus Wessels (SA)
TV Match Official:
Johan Meuwesen (SA)

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