Lions win Ellis Park try-fest

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:36
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SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Lions earned a bonus-point 55-36 win over the Waratahs in a 13-try feast at Ellis Park on Saturday.

It was NOT a match for the purists.

Tackling was certainly not at a premium and the error rate on both sides was shockingly high.

However, it was entertaining, very entertaining and the Lions got themselves a valuable win that saw them move to the top of the Africa Two conference.

Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg dedicated his two tries to his late mother.

His mother died three days ago after a long illness and the Springbok fulfilled her wish that he play for the 2016 runners-up at Ellis Park stadium.

"It was the wish of my mother that I carry on playing and I dedicate my tries to her," said the centre who took his season try tally to four from two matches.

While some tries stemmed from excellent attacking play, others came after poor defending during a match played in perfect conditions.

The Lions were particularly deadly from driving mauls after line-outs, using the tactic to score three times.

Ahead within four minutes, the Lions should have led by more than 33-24 at half-time given two Waratahs were yellow-carded.

An Elton Jantjies drop goal followed by the second Janse van Rensburg try stretched the lead to 19 points and the South Africans never looked like being overtaken.

Even when the Johannesburg outfit were reduced to 14 men by a second-half sin-binning, they did not lose control of an often scrappy encounter.

Skipper Warren Whiteley, Ruan Ackermann, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Sylvian Mahuza and Malcolm Marx were the other Lions try scorers.

Jantjies succeeded with six of his eight conversion attempts and slotted a drop goal for a 15-point haul.

Rob Horne, Michael Hooper, Bryce Hegarty, David McDuling and Israel Folau crossed the try-line for the Sydney outfit.

Reece Robinson kicked three conversions and a penalty and Hegarty a conversion.

The Lions face the Jaguares in Argentina next weekend, while the Waratahs complete a tour of South Africa by playing the Sharks in Durban.

Man of the match: Waratahs: Israel Folau showed some good skill towards the end, Bryce Hegarty did well as a stand-in flyhalf, while Michael Hooper Tolu Latu caused the Lions plenty of problems at the breakdown. The Lions' backs were disappointing, given the amount of quality possession they got. The real heroes were the forwards - Ruan Ackermann, Jaco Kriel, Andries Ferreira and our man of the match Franco Mostert.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Tries: Whiteley, Ackermann, Janse van Rensburg 2, Coetzee, Cronje, Mahuza, Marx
Cons: Jantjies 6
DG: Jantjies

For the Waratahs:
Tries: 
Horne, Hooper, Hegarty, McDuling, Folau
Cons: Robinson 2, Hegarty
Pens: Robinson

Yellow card: Reece Robinson (Waratahs, 10 - foul play, spear tackle), Sekope Kepu (Waratahs, 30 - repeated infringements, illegally collapsing a maul), Franco Mostert (Lions, 57 -0 repeated infringements, not rolling away at breakdown)

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Sylvian Mahuza, 23 Jaco van der Walt.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Matt Lucas, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 MacLean Jones, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro
 
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19