Johannesburg - Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff again starred for his side at Ellis
Park on Saturday as they comprehensively beat the Stormers 34-10 for
their first victory against the coastal side since the Cats franchise
dissolved before the 2006 season.
AS IT HAPPENED: Lions v Stormers
Boshoff, who scored all of his
side's points in their victory over the Cheetahs a week ago was again on
song as he contributed 29 points to his side's score.
The 25-year-old punched over three drop goals, six penalty conversions while he also converted their only try of the night.
The Lions made their intentions clear from the start that they would not be the whipping boys to the Stormers.
match started at a frenetic pace as the two sides opened with aerial
exchanges before the Lions made the first move on attack.
hosts threw caution to the wind and put the ball through the hands where
captain Warren Whiteley pierced the Stormers defensive line before
offloading to Stefan Watermeyer on his outside.
Watermeyer beat his man and made a beeline for the goal area to score, with Boshoff converting.
was no sign of the pace slowing down as the hosts fiercely attacked the
advantage line and just to demonstrate they had more in their armoury
Boshoff dropped into the pocket to execute a drop goal in the fifth
To further emphasise that his fabulous one-man domination
of the Cheetahs a week before was no fluke, Boshoff punched over
another drop goal four minutes later to extend their lead to 13 points
with only 10 minutes gone on the stadium clock.
As the tempo
started to dissipate the Stormers finally had an opportunity to get onto
the scoreboard in the 13th minute but flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis' kick
missed the mark.
Two minutes later Boshoff was again lining up to
take aim and made no mistake before adding another three points on the
20 minute mark to extend his side's lead to 19-0.
restart the Stormers were rewarded a penalty just outside the Lions 22
but captain Jean de Villiers opted to go for the line where they could
set up an attacking opportunity.
On the second attempt hooker
Scarra Ntubeni took the ball up and rolled out of a tackle to score his
sides first try of the night, with Catrakilis converting.
before the half-time break Boshoff pulled back three points with
another successful penalty conversion with the host leading the Stormers
The home side were left a man short in the 43rd minute
when lock Franco Mostert copped a yellow card for collapsing an
attacking maul close to the line.
They, however, managed to fend
off a relentless six minute Stormers offensive on their tryline when the
visitors knocked the ball on from a pick and go.
absence proved of little consequence as they Lions added another three
points in the 51st minute courtesy of a Boshoff penalty conversion.
conceding another yellow card in the 55th minute with prop Julian
Redelinghuys this time the guilty party, the Lions showed immense
character to keep the resurging Stormers from their line.
Lions defensive line snuffed out the advancing Stormers attack and drove
the visitors deep back into their half of the field.
Redelinghuys' return to the field without his side having conceded in
his absence, Boshoff stabbed over his third drop goal in the 66th minute
before adding his fifth penalty conversion six minutes later for an
almost unassailable 21-point lead.
To add insult to injury for
the Stormers, Boshoff had the final say of the match with his sixth
penalty conversion for a comprehensive beating of the visitors.
Boshoff again starred with the boot, his pintsized halfback partner Faf
de Klerk also deserve a mention for his gutsy performance on the night.
De Klerk's pressure on his opposite number, sniping runs and defensive efforts belied his size.
In his post-match interview, Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers labelled the performance by his side as "disgusting".
Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff
Penalties: Boshoff (6)
Drop goals: Boshoff (3).
Try: Scarra Ntubeni
Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis
15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Stefan
Watermeyer , 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Marnitz
Boshoff, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Derick
Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3.
Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
16. Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB
Lusaseni, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. JW Jonker, 23.
Coenie van WykStormers
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van
Wyk, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11.
Damian de Allende, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane
Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4.
Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat
Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Kurt
Coleman, 23. Ryno Eksteen