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    Stormers squeak past Lions

    2015-02-28 21:01

    Johannesburg - A late try has stunned the hard-working Lions on Saturday night, as the Stormers snatched a 22-19 victory to retain their place at the top of the SA conference in a dramatic Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park.

    As it happened: Lions v Stormers

    Made to put up a fight in the first half, the hosts maintained their composure and took control of the match, despite the visitors retaining the majority share of possession.

    Taking the lead after flyhalf Elton Jantjies slotted an early penalty, the Lions remained in front until the dying stages.

    Extending their advantage in the first quarter of the match, flanker Warwick Tecklenburg found a gap from five metres out to dot down the opening try, successfully converted by Jantjies.

    Stormers flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis banged over three penalties in the space of eight minutes but Jantjies added another three-pointer shortly before the break to give the Lions a 13-9 advantage at the interval.

    Jantjies and Catrakilis traded blows for either side in the second half, with both players kicking brilliant long-range penalties, and the hosts retained a seven-point lead in the latter stages before the Stormers found the breakthrough.

    With less than four minutes left, replacement Siya Kolisi barged over at the back of a maul to put his side in front for the first time in the game, and Kurt Coleman was successful with the conversion.

    Refusing to give up, the Lions surged forward in a final attempt to bag a crucial win, camping on the Stormers try-line after the horn and blown.

    Howard Mnisi lost the ball in a tackle by Damian de Allende after crossing the line, however, and the Stormers held on to remain unbeaten from three matches in the campaign.

    The Lions continued to struggle, failing to bag their first victory of the season, as they prepared for the start of their Australasian tour.

    "We spoke about it before the game and we knew we would have to dig deep because it's not easy to play the Lions at Ellis Park," said De Allende, the Man of the Match.

    "The boys stuck to their guns, and we saved it till late, but a win is a win and we'll take it."



    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Jaco van der Walt, 23. Howard Mnisi


    15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Johnny Kotze, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Manuel Carizza, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones

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