Lions too strong for Baabaas
PRE-SEASON REPORT: Replacement Jarryd Sage scored a brace as Lions demolished SupaBarbarians 49-19 in a pre-season friendly at Wits Stadium.
In a truly entertaining encounter for the Super Rugby franchise, the Lions scored seven tries to three.
Lions open the scoreboard after 10 minutes of play thanks to a try by centre Jacques Nel and a conversion by fyhalf Shaun Reynolds.
Not long after they broke the duck, the Gauteng side added a double with no response from the opposition. This time Robert Kruger and Andries Ferreira added their names to the score sheet, 21-0
The SupaBaaBaas eventually scored a try of their own. Sheldon Williamson diving over the chalk while Ashlon Davids was successful with the conversion, 21-7.
The excitement was short lived as Lions extended the lead just before the break. Robbie Coetzee added to his team telly with a five-pointer while Reynold's boot added a fourth successful kick which made it 28-7.
As the second half commence the Supabaabaas came out with more intent. But fresh from the bench Jarryd Sage had other plans up his sleeve.
Sage broke the second half deadlock and registered the first try of the second half. Eddie Fouche picked up Reynolds baton and added the extra two points, 35-7.
Stephen Kotze also visited the try-line to extend the lead while Fouche slotted over the conversion, 42-7
After conceding two tries the SupaBaabaas enjoyed possession and started to build up some valuable momentum. Within five minutes their relentless pressure was rewarded with two tries, 19-42
Before the final hooter, Sage completed his brace in the final minutes to hand his side a 49-19 win.
Tries: Nel, Kruger, Ferreira, Coetzee, Sage 2, Kotze
Cons: Reynolds 4, Fouche 3
Tries: Williamson, Niemand, TBC
Cons: Davids 2
Lions: 15 Gerrie Labuschagne, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Selom Gavor, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Robert Kruger, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements - from: Armand van der Merwe, Sithembiso Sithole, Hencus van Wyk, Jean-Pierre du Preez, Bobby de Wee, Hacjiva Dayimani, Victor Sekekete, Dillon Smit, Eddie Fouche, Gerdus van der Walt, Jarryd Sage, Dean Gordon, Jean-Luc Cilliers.
OpenWaters SupaBarbarians squad: Aubrey McDonald, Sheldon Williamson, Marco Alberts, Khyle Verwey, Jacques Erasmus, Pieter Botha, Bradley Moolman, Jaco Haywards, Johan Grobler, Robbie Petzer, Ashley Davids, Siya Masuku, Stokkies du Plessis, Hendrik van der Nest, Samuel Niemand, Francois Robertse, Pieter Mathews, Ian van Deventer, Wikus van der Berg, Ethienne Oosthuizen, Theo Becker, Rudi Mathee, Zander de Kock, Jan-Francois Bester, Armand Jordaan, Johan Pieterse, Bruce Muller, Rudi Britz.
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)