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