Johannesburg - The Lions suffered their seventh
consecutive defeat in this year’s Super Rugby season when they went down
34-20 to the Brumbies at Coca-Cola Park on Friday evening.
not bode well for the struggling outfit ahead of their tour of
Australasia next week, when they will meet the log-leading Chiefs in
The Lions enjoyed most of the ball possession, but ultimately could not convert this advantage into points.
kick-and-chase strategy employed paid few dividends as there
was more kick and less of a chase to put any kind of pressure on the
While the Australian teams have done little to
stir any kind of emotion in the Super Rugby season, coach Jake White's Brumbies are
looking like the side of old.
The Lions initially looked up to
the challenge as they took a few decent stabs at the gain line and even
scored the first points of the encounter thanks to a penalty conversion
by flyhalf Elton Jantjies in the fifth minute.
However, the Brumbies scored
their first of six tries with prop Ruaidhri Murphy crossing the
whitewash with flyhalf Christian Lealiifano missing the conversion.
tourists struggled with their place-kicking and could have enjoyed a
greater advantage if they had found the target more often as they missed
six shots at goal.
Jantjies slotted over another penalty
conversion in the 15th minute to put his side back in the lead for the
last time in the match.
The Brumbies then added two more tries to take their half-time score to 17-6.
did not change much for the Lions in the second half as the Brumbies
scored two tries within two minutes, with their bonus point try coming
four minutes into the half with wing Joe Tamane and prop Benn Alexander
scoring a five-pointer each (29-6).
The Lions found some spark when coach John Mitchell sent on four replacements at once.
The Johannesburg side also abandoned the failed kick-and-chase tactic for a more direct approach, which seemed to work.
The Brumbies scored one more time with Henry Speight recording his brace of tries to take their lead to 34-6.
Lions then finally broke the Brumbies defence as outside centre Jaco
Taute scored his side’s first try of the match, with Jantjies converting
In the lead up to the try, replacement Butch James was sent off with a yellow card for a shoulder charge into a ruck.
the match wound down, the Lions scored the final try as
prop Caylib Oosthuizen powered his way over the line in the 78th minute,
with Jantjies converting to take the final score to 34-20.
Tries: Jaco Taute, Caylib Oosthuizen. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalties: Jantjies (2)
Tries: Ruaidhri Murphy, Henry Speight (2), Andrew Smith, Joseph
Tomane, Ben Alexander. Conversions: Jesse Mogg, Christian Lealiifano
Yellow card: Butch James (Lions) 63 minutes
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn
Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua
Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der
Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie
Adriaanse, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Christo le Roux, 20 Ross Cronje, 21
Butch James, 22 Michael KillianBrumbies:
15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Pat McCabe, 11.
Joseph Tomane, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Nic White, 8. Fotu Auelua,
7. Michael Hooper, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Leon Power, 4. Scott Fardy, 3.
Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore (captain), 1. Ruaidhri Murphy
16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Sam Carter, 19. Ita Vaea, 20.
Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Tevita Kuridrani
Referee: Keith Brown (NZL)