Sloppy Lions ease past Kings

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:14

SUPER RUGBY REPORTS: The Lions scored another bonus-point win, beating the Southern Kings 42-19 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Lions hardly moved out of first gear and produced a sloppy performance that would have given coach Johan Ackermann more than just heartburn.

However, despite being way below their best, they still had too much class for a Kings team that shows lots of endeavour, but lacks the quality that will make them competitive at the top end of Super Rugby.

Democratic Republic of Congo-born Madosh Tambwe scored his first Super Rugby tries.

The teenage wing failed to score on debut last weekend when the Johannesburg outfit romped to a 30-point victory over Australian visitors the Reds.

But Tambwe took just four minutes in Port Elizabeth to become a try scorer, intercepting a pass and racing over after the Kings had taken an early seven-point lead.

His second try during the first half at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was even simpler, collecting a pass on the tryline and dotting down.

Tambwe has been groomed by Lions coach Johan Ackermann and is starting for the 2016 Super Rugby runners-up because of an injury to Springbok Ruan Combrinck.

"Madosh is a really exciting prospect who has worked extremely hard to get where he is," said former Springbok lock Ackermann.

After scoring five converted tries to lead 35-12 at half-time, the Lions did not add to their total until four minutes from time.

A break after a line-out allowed flank Jaco Kriel to carry the ball into Kings "22" before sending centre Harold Vorster over.

It was a vital score, giving the Lions a six-three advantage in tries that earned a bonus point.

The match in the Indian Ocean city was unusual in that all 61 points came from tries and conversions, with no penalties or drop-goals scored.

Tambwe (to), hooker Malcolm Marx, flyhalf Elton Jantjies, Kriel and Vorster scored tries for the Lions.

Jantjies kicked five conversions and fullback Andries Coetzee one.

Flank Andisa Ntsila, wing Yaw Penxe and full-back Malcolm Jaer were Kings try scorers and flyhalf Lionel Cronje slotted two conversions.

The Lions host fellow South African side the Sharks next weekend while the Kings have a bye before a three-match tour of Australia.

Man of the match: Andisa Ntsila was a nuisance at the breakdown and showed some great strength with ball in hand. Chris Cloete also produced an enormous workrate. Malcolm Jaer was a threat on attack, the few opportunities he had. Rohan Janse van Rensburg had the odd decent run, Warren Whiteley was busy and Malcolm Marx was strong. However, the most productive player in the field was Lions flank Jaco Kriel - our man of the match.

The scorers:

For the Southern Kings:
Tries: 
Ntsila, Penxe, Jaer
Cons: Cronje 2

For the Lions:
Tries: 
Tambwe 2, Marx, Jantjies, Kriel, Vorster
Cons: Jantjies 5, Coetzee

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Malcolm Jaer, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Kurt Haupt, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 09h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 11h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 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 09h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 09h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 11h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 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
SUPER RUGBY
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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