Vodacom Super Rugby
Lions beaten in Auckland
Cape Town - The Lions have lost their bottom-of-the-table Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Blues in Auckland on Friday.
The Blues won 25-3 after leading 10-3 at half-time.
The Blues scored three tries through centre Michael Hobbs, replacement scrumhalf Alby Mathewson and flank Luke Braid, while flyhalf Gareth Anscombe was on target with two conversions and two penalties.
The Lions replied with a penalty by No 10 Elton Jantjies.
The Blues picked up four points for their victory, but remained rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand Conference. They did however move off the bottom of the Combined standings, swapping places with the Lions.
The Lions left Eden Park empty-handed, and remained bottom of the South African Conference... and are the new wooden spoonists in the Overall log. Teams:
15 Hadleigh Parkes, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Michael Hobbs, 11 Benson Stanley, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid (captain), 5 Ali Williams, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tevita Mailau
Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Lachie Munro, 22 Sherwin StowersLions:
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Franco Van der Merwe, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ Van der Linde, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Ruan Combrinck, 22 James Kamana