Stormers edge past Lions

2011-02-26 21:03

Cape Town - Replacement flanker Pieter Louw scored a try five minutes from the end as the DHL Stormers snatched a 19-16 win over the Lions in a Vodacom Super Rugby match at Newlands on Saturday.

The Lions seemed set to end a nine-match losing streak against the Stormers in the southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship when they held a 16-9 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

But the Stormers, who spent much of the South African clash on the defensive, took control in the closing stages when flyhalf Peter Grant came off the bench and brought authority to the home team's backline.

Grant was not in the starting line-up because he arrived back from a stint of club rugby in Japan only during the week of the match.

He landed a penalty to reduce the deficit to four points. When the Stormers were awarded another penalty, Grant kicked for touch, Andries Bekker made a clean take at the lineout and Louw went over from a driving maul.

Louw was on the field because Stormers captain and Springbok flank Schalk Burger cried off at half-time with a knee injury.

"The jitters are out of the way now," said Jean de Villiers, who took over the captaincy. "We have played our first match and now we can look forward to next week."

Stormers started strongly and opened the scoring with a penalty goal by fly-half Gary van Aswegen, but this was quickly cancelled by a penalty from opposite number Elton Jantjies.

Lions then dominated for long periods but only had one try to show for their efforts by half-time.

A sweeping move, which started near the halfway line, ended with centre Waylon Murray scoring in the left corner in the 15th minute after a pop-up pass from hooker Bandise Maku.

Jantjies, who had a lively game, made a searing break soon after which took the Lions within five metres of the Stormers line. The Lions several times came close to scoring and Stormers hooker Deon Fourie was yellow carded as the home team were forced on to desperate defence.

But the Lions were unable to take advantage of their numerical superiority and the Stormers took a 9-8 half-time lead through two long-range penalties by Van Aswegen.

The Lions started the second half strongly and went ahead through a penalty by Jantjies and a try in the left corner by fullback Jaco Taute.

But they could not hold on and captain Franco van der Merwe was left to bemoan a second successive narrow defeat after a 24-20 loss to Northern Bulls in their opening match.


  • - 2011-02-26 21:06

    what a finish... epic. congrats Stormers....

  • Spazman - 2011-02-26 21:10

    Elton = Earl Rose!!!!!1 for the second game in a row Elton cost the Lions the game

      fromlondon - 2011-02-26 23:12

      Dont be a fool! Elton is the next best thing the lions have had since the likes of Andre Pretorius and going further even Hennie Le Roux... Im gutted and heartbroken for the Lions, we've just forgotten how to win and seal a game off! So optimistic though, Come on boys, Mid-table is realistic and would be a good start to a come back to some hot Rugby that we used to own.

      Johan - 2011-02-26 23:24

      His kicking is shocking and it seem as if his confidence is low.....But the worst of all it seem as if the lions is going to repeat least in 2010 we had a FIFA world cup that excites Joburg.....I can only hope they will do something..! I don't see them winning the blues....the blues had an off night and next week we are mince!!!

      lyledperry - 2011-02-26 23:50

      Elton Jantjies is playing good rugby, but he has clearly lost his kicking confidence. My suggestion is start Kockott at no 9, keep Jantjies at 10 and let Kockott kick for polls. Super rugby is so tight, you will never do well in the competition if you don't have a kicker getting 75% kicking average and up. I love Vermaak at no 9 but you have to look at the results at the end of the day. Lions could have beaten both the bulls and storners if a kick or two more had of gone over.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-02-27 07:39

      I feel for Elton, the okie has had a difficult time with his kicking recently. But I still think he has a great future, a lot of guts. To compare him with Earl Rose is just plain ignorant. Funny how some gloat at the failures of others in life, I often wonder how successful these gloaters are in their own lives. Great performance by the Lions, I just wish they could win a game. Maybe next week?

      xander.bronkhorst - 2011-02-28 07:24

      You are such an idiot dude.... I like Elton, sure his kicks were way of, other then that he played a good game of rugby. I would play Rory before i play Jano, Jano put the guys under so much pressure with his stupid side runs. Well done boys. I will keep the faith in you.

      RobinB - 2011-02-28 10:17

      @lyledperry Kockett kick for Polls?? Hahaha.. you mean Poles??

  • Andy49 - 2011-02-26 21:11

    Scrappy game but a win is a win. Too many errors by Stormers.

  • J Turner - 2011-02-26 21:39

    There is only one problem with the Lions play and that is the decission making and the one dimentionale play of Jano Vermaak. There have been many scrumhalfs that run before they pass, George Greegan comes to mind, but with a simple "flip" back on the inside onto a forward it kept the opposistion guessing around the rucks. The Lions have looked far more dangerous when the ball has been passed of the deck than when it has been kept in hand. Vermaaks" one major break in the game came from a line-out when the Stormers came off their line and a gap opend up. This in my oppinion is because they expected the run and pass rather than the snipe. That is the only one that i can recall.

      Les - 2011-02-27 09:11

      Yup... Lions look good when the ball comes from the deck... Other problem with Vermaak this season is that he runs backwards from rucks, mauls and scrums towards his three quarters... draws the loosies to them. If he went with the advantage line (or preferably over it), he would draw the loosies with him and away from the fly half / 1st center to open a few gaps (and I am a Stormers supporter)

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-26 21:45

    Stormers were at a clear disadvantage in this game having had no game time in the competition and the Lions already having had 80 minutes...and it showed. In the first half, there were just too many errors. They did settle down a bit in the second half and once the seasoned players came on, the difference was quite marked. Duvenage must start...Januarie is just too clumsy and slow! Well done Stormers, I am sure the run has done you the world of good and we should see a big improvement against the Cheetahs. Well done to the Lions as well, you did come out smoking!

      RobinB - 2011-02-28 10:29

      True, I think I got 10 years older in that last 4min after the sirens - Lions played all the way!!!

  • Mark - 2011-02-26 21:47

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaam come on Lions....

  • Lady Recluse - 2011-02-26 22:10

    From now it can only get better. GO STORMERS!!

  • molefeP - 2011-02-26 22:59

    Ehehe, close was int not? I told you, underestimate these Lions at your own peril. Now if only the Lions could find somebody who could actually kick! They could have won both their games if it was not for the missed kicks!

      Ockie - 2011-02-27 12:49

      I totally agree, but Elton had the kicking boots on last year during the Currie Cup ... he just need a guy like Vlok Cillers to sort out the error that crept in his kicking game.

  • coenie.koch - 2011-02-26 23:03

    Congrats Stormers. 4 Points in the bag, and that is all that counts! Well done to the Lions though. They tried hard and played well. Allistair can do all our Stormers supporters and the team a huge favour by sending January and Habana packing. Maybe if he really ask very nicely, the Bulls will consider taking Habana back to carry v/d Heever's bags.

  • Dok - 2011-02-26 23:39

    Elton played a very good game and he can only get better as the time goes on. As for the Stormers I don't know what they thought they were doing today! Were they just out there earning a days' wages or were they out there giving us fans a new stress level to aim at? No game plan, no leadership, no consistency, no passion, no guts, no first time tackle.. need I go on? Habana needs to rest... for the rest of the year! He is long over his prime! We can fool ourselves and say that we played a good game but that would be a lie now wouldn't it? Players need to pull their weight in the team and stop relying on their names to play the game for them. Last season the line outs was 1 of our strong points but tonight we didn't even contest the oppositions throw ins! Come on guys, we all know you can play better than this... the question is do you believe in yourselves enough to play better than this?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-02-27 07:45

      Took a bit of guts and passion to come back and win didn't it? I feel sorry for Habana, he just seems to have lost the plot, he looks rattled and unhappy. Maybe he misses the highveld. I would like to remember Habana for the great exciting player he was - that memory is fading. He needs a shrink I think, he seems to be trying too hard and in a state of constant panic.

      fahiemsamps - 2011-02-27 07:59

      Don't you think you being just abit too harsh? Before you make comments like this, bear in mind that the lions already had 80 minutes of super rugby before the blow of the starting whistle! I agree that duvenage is probably the better player to start but regarding habanna, if i remember correctly he played quite well towards the end of the curry cup last year. So stop moaning and formulate an opinion on next weeks game!

      Dok - 2011-02-27 22:46

      @fahiemsamps. Please read the comment. No one is moaning. An opinion was formulated! And I think we should move past the 80 min already played card! Next week we will use the "we only had 1 game to play so far" card! I know we are all Stormers fans, our hearts striped and our blood greed, but we need to say it as it is and not as we hope it will be in a few games time!

  • Oukoos - 2011-02-27 07:11

    My geliefde Stormers - julle het PATETIES gespeel. Op die dag se spel sou ons selfs teen die Cheetahs verloor het! Ons redding was beslis Double-J (Jantjies en Jano).

      Ockie - 2011-02-27 12:52

      Soms speel 'n span ook so goed soos hy toegelaat word om te speel. Dan is daar ook "Attitude". Die Lions het met passie gespeel en die Stormers het alreeds gedink aan die "World Cup". So 'n vlou vertoning sal egter voldoende motivering wees om volgende Saterdag beter te vertoon. Hou dop!

  • lbtoffeeapple64 - 2011-02-27 09:07

    Habana the best wing in the world!!!!! Well Flecky you surely got that one wrong. He touched the ball three times and screwed up three times. How was that kick from the 22 and then he looks all bemused about overstepping. Also sold Janntjies down the river with that hospital pass. But keep playing him and I see all Kiwi's and Aussies smilling............. Fleck you always were and still am a wancker!!!!

      Andy49 - 2011-02-27 15:37

      now if only you could spell properly & use coherent grammar we might take you seriously. I think you are the wanker, now run along & use your toffee apple in the right orifice.

  • Cicero - 2011-02-27 09:08

    If Elton could only kick better at goal, the Lions could be amongst the first four on the log. You can not compete in a competition like this by missing 3 or 4 kicks per match. If Alistair Coetzee persists with van Aswegen to start at No.10, John Mitchell should make an offer to Peter Grant!

  • SUPERSHARK - 2011-02-27 09:24

    Go Sharks!!! Well done Lions!, But they just don't have the confidence or self-belief that they can beat the top teams.Elton is an excellent player, he played at flyhalf ahead of Pat Lambie in the junior springbok team.He is just under too much pressure to lead a new and young team.Pat has sprngboks all around him at the Sharks, so he don't feel as much pressure. Once the Lions start winning, they will challenge the Stormers and Chettahs for third place in the conference.

      RJ - 2011-02-27 12:08

      Stormers will top the conference not be in it nod

  • ryan.argue - 2011-02-27 09:49

    Should have one the last two games. Lost bulls game to a ref who clearly got paid in the parking lot at Loftus. Or was half blind on the day. High tackles galore by the bulls! We have lost both the games however through poor Kicking. 3 yesterday and 4 last weekend against the Bulls. Cummon Carlos. Get the lad kicking properly.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-27 16:18

      Should have 'one' the last two games. Not very bright are we?

  • Vincent - 2011-02-27 10:22

    Not the greatest performance. But considering first game nerves, a number of injured players, not to bad. There were some glimpses of greatness. Well done to the Lions. A very gutsy performance and very well played. Lions are shaping into a pretty good team this year

  • Ockie - 2011-02-27 12:45

    Elton is a great talent and young talent will make mistakes. Give him time. The Lions are at least not only competitive, but also play a good style of rugby. Both the Bulls and Stormers could have been beaten and both were finalists last year. We should not complain ... things are defenitely looking promising for the future.

      Andy49 - 2011-02-27 15:40

      "Could have". I could be a millionaire if I got the correct numbers in Lotto last night??

      zottomike - 2011-02-28 02:42

      @Andy49. You are such a prick. What Ockie siad is very true and you want to come up with Lotto etc. Who the hell rattled your cage and let you out?

  • Adri - 2011-02-28 11:14

    We should not judge Van Aswegen when playing alongside Januarie. Getting poor and slow ball will even make Dan Carter look bad. We aal know Januarie is there to get the kwota count right. I will rather play De Jongh at 14 and Duvenhage at 9.

      nixcroft - 2011-02-28 14:33

      from a lions supporter : januarie too slow i agree...but jano vermaak makes januarie look good. why the hell does JV have to ALWAYS run 2 or three steps before passing ? he either give the defence time to spread to cover number 10 and 12 or gets caught himself. pick and pass, fast fast fast. jano is currently predictable and clumsy

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