Lions 25 (15) vs Brumbies 17 (10)
Lions score second win of the season
Brumbies fail to score any log points at at Ellis Park
The Lions did what they had to, and scored a much needed win to
get their Super 14 season back on track. Some of their tries were because of
some good fortune, but a win is a win, and we'll take it. The Brumbies could
have gone fourth on the log, but received no log point from the match.
Mark Gerrard opened the scoring for the Brumbies very early in the game with a
penalty, this after the Lions went offside at a ruck in their own 22.
In the 14th minute the Lions took the lead when Jaque Fourie scored, the move
came from a Lions line-out on the Brumbies 22 meter line after a penalty, Jano
Vermaak received the ball from the line-out and passed a flat pass to a straight
running Jaque Fourie, who juggled the ball a few times before getting it under
control, but he also managed to evade the tackles from the Brumbies and scored
the try next to the poles. Pretorius kicked the easy conversion to put the Lions
in a 7-3 lead.
In the 19th minute the Lions went further into the lead when Jano Vermaak kicked
a loose ball ahead just outside the Brumbies 22 meter line and chased after it.
Gerrard had to turn which meant Vermaak won the race and dived on the ball for
the try, the cover also too slow to stop the try. Pretorius missed the
conversion but the score now 12-3 for the Lions.
In the 33rd minute Cobus Grobbelaar was sin-binned for a transgression at a ruck,
and seconds later the Brumbies capatalised when they set up a ruck close to the
Lions try-line, and when the ball came down the backline on the left, they had a
overlap and Stirling Mortlock walked over for the try. Gerrard converted to make
it 12-10 for the Lions.
Just before the break the Lions managed to get close to the Brumbies 22 meter
line, and from the ruck the ball came out to Pretorius who calmly slotted the
drop goal, the score now 15-10 for the Lions, also the halftime score.
The Brumbies scored first in the second half, it was in the 43th minute when
Mark Chisholm managed to charge down a kick from Pretorius in his own 22, the
ball bounced for Chisholm who grabbed it and score the try as there were no
other defenders behind Pretorius. Mortlock kicked the conversion to make the
In the 50th minute the Brumbies conceded a penalty right in front of their
poles, just outside their 22, and Andre Pretorius kicked the 3 points to put the
Lions back in a 18-17 lead.
Just four minutes later Pretorius had another opportunity with a penalty from
about 10 meters outside the 22 and next to the touchline, but he pushed the kick
to the right of the upright.
Two minutes from time Louis Ludik sealed it for the Lions when he pounced on a
loose ball that the Brumbies dropped meters from their try-line, and he dived
over for the try. Pretorius kicked the conversion for the Lions to win 25-17.
For the Lions:
Tries: Jaque Fourie, Jano Vermaak, Louis Ludik
Cons: Andre Pretorius, Andre Pretorius
Pens: Andre Pretorius
Drops: Andre Pretorius
For the Brumbies:
Tries: Stirling Mortlock, Mark Chisholm
Cons: Mark Gerrard, Stirling Mortlock
Pens: Mark Gerrard
Yellow card: Cobus Grobbelaar(33)
Red card: None
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Ashwin Willemse, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Barry Goodes, 11
Henno Mentz, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Todd Clever, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Anton van Zyl, 4
Jannes Labuschagne, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 Gert Muller, 18
Gerhardt Mostert, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Earl Rose, 22 Shandre Frolick.
Brumbies: 15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Stirling
Mortlock, 12 Tyrone Smith, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joshua
Julian Salvi, 7 George Smith, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Guy
Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Nic Henderson, 18 Sitaleki
Timani, 19 Shawn Mackay, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Matt Toomua, 22 Clyde Rathbone.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Touch judges: Christie du Preez and Reuben Rossouw
TV Match Official: Johann Meuwesen