Lions put Samoa to the sword

2013-06-01 16:22

Johannesburg - Samoa came unstuck in the set-pieces and defensively as they crashed to a humiliating 74-14 defeat at the hands of the Golden Lions in their match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions scored 10 tries and most of them came from a long way out, especially in the second half when they capitalised on a 27-14 lead at the break.

The Samoans were penalised heavily at the scrums and battled at the lineout and this, together with their lacklustre defence, especially out wide, allowed the Lions to run rampant.

Although the visitors have been disrupted by several injuries, they are going to have to pull themselves together quickly if they are to be competitive in the quadrangular series with Scotland, Italy and South Africa which starts next weekend.

The Lions were on the scoreboard first through a penalty by flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff in the third minute, but it Samoa grabbed the first try as they attacked well on the blindside and wing Alesana Tuilagi powered over the line.

However, Lions flank Derick Minnie, who had been brought on as a 15th-minute replacement for Jaco Kriel, then scored a hat-trick of tries to put the hosts on the front foot.

The home side were lethal on the drive in the first half, putting the Samoans under enormous pressure in the tight exchanges.

Although No 8 Ofisa Treviranus scored for the tourists on the stroke of half-time, the Lions produced a sizzling second-half display to complete the rout.

The Samoans were burned on the outside by the Lions' pace and wing Anthony Volmink scored first after the break with the try of the day, running 95m to score after a turnover on attack by the visitors.

The Lions then successfully shut their opponents out of the game as fullback Chrysander Botha, replacement flyhalf Lionel Cronje, outside centre Stokkies Hanekom (twice) and substitute scrumhalf Ross Cronje all scored tries after long-range breakouts.

The game was part of the Lions' preparations ahead of the Super Rugby promotion/relegation series where they will face the lowest ranked South African team in this year's event. The two-legged series is scheduled for July 26 (away) and August 2 (home).

Before that the Lions also have games against the Stormers (June 14), the Sharks (June 21), Bulls (July 6) and Griquas (July 13).



Tries: Derick Minnie (3), Anthony Volmink, Chrysander Botha, Lionel Cronje, Stokkies Hanekom (2), Ross Cronje, Deon van Rensburg

Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (5), Lionel Cronje (4)

Penalties: Boshoff (2)


Tries: Alesana Tuilagi, Ofisa Treviranus

Conversions: Ki Anufe (2)


Golden Lions:

15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9  Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Gavin Annandale, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Dylan des Fountain, 23 Ruan Combrink


15 Paul Williams, 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Isaia Tuifua, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Ki Anufe, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Ofisa Treviranus,7 Fa'alemiga Selesele, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Charles Baggot, 4 Fa'atiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Sam Aiono

Substitutes: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Logovi'i Mulipola, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Alatasi Tupou, 21 Robert Lilomaiava, 22 Brandon Va'aulu, 23 James Sooialo

Updated Lions Challenge fixture list for 2013:

January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia
January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs
February 2: Lions 33-38 Bulls
February 9: Lions 41-31 Kings
February 23: Namibia v Lions - Cancelled
March 16: Lions 56-24 Mont de Marsan
April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Cancelled
May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park - Cancelled
June 1: Lions 74-14 Samoa - Ellis Park
June 14: Lions v Stormers - Ellis Park - 19:00
June 21: Lions v Sharks - Ellis Park - 19:00
July 6: Lions v Blue Bulls - Loftus Versfeld - 16:30
July 13: Lions v Griquas - Ellis Park - 15:00
July 26: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - TBA - 19:10
August 2: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park - 19:10


  • Johan James Swanepoel - 2013-06-01 16:26

    Well done !!

      Ron Rielander - 2013-06-01 16:59

      Which country is South Africa from....?

      Johan James Swanepoel - 2013-06-01 17:29

      Hey Thomas please see the IRB rankings, Samoa is at nr 7 ( It was also the country of Samoa's Independence day today, big up to them.

      Jim King - 2013-06-01 19:38

      Lions thats probably the 4th team somao send.. lol

      Dan Jackiels - 2013-06-01 23:48

      I hope this is not the same Samoa that the Springboks are playing

      Pieter Swart - 2013-06-03 11:19

      @Jim , they had four players not regulars in the team and 3 of them were on the bench. So not 100% full strength only about 95% .

  • Warren G Forbes - 2013-06-01 16:30

    kings beware....The Lions are looking good and hungry for their return to super status!!!

      theO rAcLe - 2013-06-01 17:03

      Thomas you really don't know where Samoa is from , do you...?

      Gareth Jones - 2013-06-01 17:18

      Lowly club team from Japan. Lmao!!

      Pieter Swart - 2013-06-03 11:29

      @Thomas, its the same team that once beat Wales, thrashed Argentina and only lost to the Eventual World Champs by 6 points...They beat Australia 2 years ago..And it was only by Luck that The Boks beat them 13 - 5 in 2011... This is not a Micky Mouse team, despite what a lot of people might wish after this result.

  • Ejaaz Haswary - 2013-06-01 16:31

    Amazing performance... We coming for you queens

      Jim King - 2013-06-01 19:39

      Kings will be ready for the the need to panic

      Nigel Vos - 2013-06-01 21:09

      Yes Haswary - Baie, baie geluk Leeus! – kannie wag vir die pro/rel vir julle, voorspoed.

  • Vaughan Campher - 2013-06-01 16:33

    Brilliant game !! Just hope the Boks can do the same against them when they play. And for the kings, beware of the the roaring lions

  • Nico Pretorius - 2013-06-01 16:58

    Awesome game!! Well done LIONS!!

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-06-01 17:04

    Great performance by the Lions. I enjoyed how confident Whitely was that they were going to play the Kings in the relegation playoff.

  • Henri Langeveldt - 2013-06-01 17:10

    Thomas...., ur an idiot. Go play in the traffic!

      Quota Domino - 2013-06-01 17:28

      Henri, you look like a serial killer... Kings want to eat the lions children and we will... Afro jantjies will play for the lions.. Advantage kings

      Derrick Pentz - 2013-06-01 18:19

      Quota- at least Henri posts a pic, has a lot more friends than you & doesn't repeat himself like you do about eating children

  • Quota Domino - 2013-06-01 17:23

    Kings wants the lions... Allready resting players... We want to eat the lions' players children and chicks.... Bring it on.... Jantjies will be playing for the lions,,, advantage kings

      Nico Pretorius - 2013-06-01 19:49

      why eat the lions players children & chicks?? u ran out of food in the eastern cape ... again??

      Jean van der Walt - 2013-06-02 09:31

      Are u a quota from ntuli cause u speak a lot of crap bra u don't know rugby stick to pap n morogo

      Pieter Swart - 2013-06-03 11:32

      Resting ? You can rest Luke all you want... When EJ returns he will not be restricted by the "boring" stormers defensive style... He will once again be part of a running rugby team

  • Izzi Max - 2013-06-01 17:48

    The team will no doubt change for the June Internationals. Regardless Meyer, since you boasted this is the hardest you worked on attack, unless the Boks thrash this team with at least 50 points, we will all kindly ask you what the hell you're doing.

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-06-01 18:10

    Yes !! Yes!! Vodacom champs sends yet another team to the loserville. @Thomas and all bull suporters; Beat the cheethas first before your comments will be taken seriously....don't worry no comment that will chance our lions celebrations....

      Jammies Jamneck - 2013-06-01 18:42

      @Thomas 6 July will be a very dark and wet day in the history of the most HISTORICAL team from Crytoria...Ps;No loadsheading or bad weather predicted on the 6 though!!

      Jammies Jamneck - 2013-06-01 20:05

      Bulls of to loserville...

  • henri.langeveldt - 2013-06-01 19:16

    Thomas...Does ignorance run in your family or are you just the odd one out?

      Riaan Coetzee - 2013-06-01 21:17

      Thomas, is this your first season watching rugby? (Serious question)

  • henri.langeveldt - 2013-06-01 19:18

    Good stuff Lions! Queens, your time is up!

      Andre Roux - 2013-06-01 20:28

      I agree! Bye bye princesses !!! Or is that queens?? Who cares anyway. LIONS!!!!

      Suidlander van Wyk - 2013-06-01 23:28

      hey serial killer you beat an D team of thugs from those little islands and you think you playing rugby huh? it shows how you have been miserable and you still gonna be. you celebrate mediocrity a lot at elis park, no wonder Bulls don't wanna merge with you

      John Key - 2013-06-02 21:12

      @suidlander van dyk...those so called thugs have only been trainning for 2 weeks and that was their first run out as a team...The Lions have been playing together for over a month...and south africans are the king of thungs you idiot so keep your smart comments to yourself, you ignorant fool..

      Remo Liut - 2013-06-03 08:40

      Suidlander, I see you are worried about the Lions. The Lions have scored more tries in two matches than your mediocre queens has in 13 matches d@@s.

  • henri.langeveldt - 2013-06-01 19:23

    Thanks Derrick! :)...Every village has it's idiot and a country has several.

  • Andre Roux - 2013-06-01 20:26

    Go Lions !! I highly doubt that the Bokke can better this score.... You guys deserve to play Super Rugby !!! LIONS 4 LIFE !!!

      Dan Jackiels - 2013-06-01 23:54

      This couldn't possibly have been be the Samoa A team

      John Key - 2013-06-02 21:14

      @Dan Jackiels, no it was'nt their A team, it was just to get the newbies a run at this level, but the real test starts this week

      Pieter Swart - 2013-06-03 11:41

      @John and @Dan .. Actually it was just about ... This is a link to their current players and this is the list of players that played the Lions...Only 3 players not in there current squad Hannes Ludick (Dont ask) ,Charlie Baggot and Jason Fraser... all non Samoans in any case

  • Jean-Collins Mulivha Mothomoholo - 2013-06-02 00:52

    Lions must replace the stormers without relegation play-off

      Peter Boettger - 2013-06-02 06:57

      Jean-Collins I think you are a soccer supporter wrong game move on

  • Peter Steyn - 2013-06-02 01:17

    A decent SA high school team would beat this Samoan outfit guys, almost ALL the good Samoan players are involved in the Super 15 .... smell the coffee guys !!!!

      Darryl Farmer - 2013-06-02 12:14

      your ma se p#%s

      Johan James Swanepoel - 2013-06-02 12:42

      Seriously dude, as jy nie iets weet nie, moet eerder nie comment nie.

      Pieter Swart - 2013-06-03 11:43

      Reposting just for you Peter .....@John and @Dan .. Actually it was just about ... This is a link to their current players and this is the list of players that played the Lions...Only 3 players not in there current squad Hannes Ludick (Dont ask) ,Charlie Baggot and Jason Fraser... all non Samoans in any case

      Pieter Swart - 2013-06-03 11:49

      There are only 3 players that plays Super Rugby btw.. Coffee ? Yes Please, 2 sugar and milk !

  • Darryl Farmer - 2013-06-02 11:58

    I actually checked and that is the same Samoa starting line up that has beaten Australia well done LIONS we're coming home

  • Stephan - 2013-06-02 19:23

    Delusional Kings in denial. That was a properb Somoan team...there best were playing!

      Stephan - 2013-06-02 19:24

      proper...typing error

  • Louis Bensch - 2013-06-03 08:11

    Congrats Lions!, well played and looking forward to meet the queens.

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