Lions 13 (0) vs Stormers 22 (8)
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
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
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
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
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.
For the Lions:
Tries: Earl Rose, Jannie Boshoff
Pens: Earl Rose
For the Stormers:
Tries: 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
Referee: Marius Jonker (SA)
Touch judges: Mark Lawrence (SA) and Cobus Wessels (SA)
TV Match Official: Johan Meuwesen (SA)