Brumbies too good for Lions

2012-04-27 21:04

Johannesburg - The Lions suffered their seventh consecutive defeat in this year’s Super Rugby season when they went down 34-20 to the Brumbies at Coca-Cola Park on Friday evening.

This does not bode well for the struggling outfit ahead of their tour of Australasia next week, when they will meet the log-leading Chiefs in Hamilton.

The Lions enjoyed most of the ball possession, but ultimately could not convert this advantage into points.

The kick-and-chase strategy employed paid few dividends as there was more kick and less of a chase to put any kind of pressure on the ball receiver.

While the Australian teams have done little to stir any kind of emotion in the Super Rugby season, coach Jake White's Brumbies are looking like the side of old.

The Lions initially looked up to the challenge as they took a few decent stabs at the gain line and even scored the first points of the encounter thanks to a penalty conversion by flyhalf Elton Jantjies in the fifth minute.

However, the Brumbies scored their first of six tries with prop Ruaidhri Murphy crossing the whitewash with flyhalf Christian Lealiifano missing the conversion.

The tourists struggled with their place-kicking and could have enjoyed a greater advantage if they had found the target more often as they missed six shots at goal.

Jantjies slotted over another penalty conversion in the 15th minute to put his side back in the lead for the last time in the match.

The Brumbies then added two more tries to take their half-time score to 17-6.

Matters did not change much for the Lions in the second half as the Brumbies scored two tries within two minutes, with their bonus point try coming four minutes into the half with wing Joe Tamane and prop Benn Alexander scoring a five-pointer each (29-6).

The Lions found some spark when coach John Mitchell sent on four replacements at once.

The Johannesburg side also abandoned the failed kick-and-chase tactic for a more direct approach, which seemed to work.

The Brumbies scored one more time with Henry Speight recording his brace of tries to take their lead to 34-6.

The Lions then finally broke the Brumbies defence as outside centre Jaco Taute scored his side’s first try of the match, with Jantjies converting (34-13).

In the lead up to the try, replacement Butch James was sent off with a yellow card for a shoulder charge into a ruck.

As the match wound down, the Lions scored the final try as prop Caylib Oosthuizen powered his way over the line in the 78th minute, with Jantjies converting to take the final score to 34-20.



Tries: Jaco Taute, Caylib Oosthuizen. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalties: Jantjies (2)


Tries: Ruaidhri Murphy, Henry Speight (2), Andrew Smith, Joseph Tomane, Ben Alexander. Conversions: Jesse Mogg, Christian Lealiifano

Yellow card: Butch James (Lions) 63 minutes


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Christo le Roux, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Michael Killian

15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Pat McCabe, 11. Joseph Tomane, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Nic White, 8. Fotu Auelua, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Peter Kimlin, 5. Leon Power, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore (captain), 1. Ruaidhri Murphy

Substitutes: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Sam Carter, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Tevita Kuridrani

Referee: Keith Brown (NZL)


  • Pierre - 2012-04-27 21:18

    I have been a Lions suporter all my 26 years of live but right know ther a fàààkinh joke, how to go from winning the currie cup to this makes me sick Pierre De Bleser

      Dave - 2012-04-27 21:50

      How do they go from Currie Cup champions to this? Quite simple Pierre, the Currie Cup is a sub standard competition that is way below the standard of the Super 15. Heavens forbid that South African rugby players aren't actually as good as their country men think!

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-04-27 21:56

      Uhm... Dave..... voetsek!

      Burtfred - 2012-04-27 22:09

      They won the currie cup playing against every other province's B team. The lions had no players in the Springbok squad - the other top teams all had many players away doing national service. Winning the Currie cup does not mean your team can compete at international level.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-04-27 21:24

    Ai, ek kyk nou maar al die Lions se games want ek glo nie ons gaan hulle ooit weer sien Super rugby speel na 2012 nie. Dis baie hartseer. Maar met my Bulletjies gaan dit darm nie te sleg nie :-)

  • WimpieN - 2012-04-27 21:57

    I remeber the days of the Super 12 when the Bulls were so terrible. I sat in Loftus virtually alone and suffered the embarrasment of their losses first hand. They managed to dig themselves out of that hole and end up being competitive! Unfortunately, in this day and age I don't see the Lions doing the same. PS: What is Butch James still doing in SA rugby?!! He is an embarrasment!!!!!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-28 06:02

      Dit gebeur as jy vir Burton weg jaag om hierdie aap te employ. Bul groete.

  • Chris - 2012-04-28 05:22

    Wat is die toekoms van hierdie eens spog unie na vanjaar se superreeks?Weet net die Kings gaan nog heelwat swakker vaar!Of gaan die Cheetahs tog maar die "scapegoat"word van hierdie sirkus wat SA Rugby genoem word?

      Steven Trollip - 2012-04-28 06:07

      Go Cheeethas!!!!!!!Kry vir ons die koppie!!!!!!Julle ysters

      Lance - 2012-04-28 07:26

      Goeie nuus vir die Lions spelers is dat helfde sal seker lekker offer van die Kings kry en n bietjie van die kus lewe geniet..die ander sal of vries maar huself lekker warm lag van geld in Europa..of miskien in een van die swakker Aus/Nz spanne..die arme ondersteuners moet blinkers koop(en van die S15 kompetisie vergeet) en dit geniet wanneer die res van die S15 Lions in die laer Vodacom cup reeks speel en hulle daar al die silwerware huistoe bring..

  • Zion - 2012-04-28 07:31

    Keep up the good work Brumbies. Show the "manne" your mettle.

  • Philip Mostert - 2012-04-28 08:38

    Every game the lions have the most ball Possession. They need speed on the wings to round it of. You cant win matches with miss tackles.

  • Ockie - 2012-04-28 13:43

    Pathetic Lions. No intensity. Useless defence ... meaning nou dedication. The Lions Union should penalise you by taking a cut from your monthly salary. The only good thing from this game was that it can't get worse!

  • wilma.botts - 2012-04-28 13:45

    Well I told the people to remeber the Brumbies are gonna be a force to watch this season Congrates to Jake White and the Brumbies..........

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-28 15:57

    Very dissapointed with the Lions performance. Terrible to see them trying so hard but just not getting it together. A Sharks fan myself, I was at Ellis Park the day the Lions destroyed the Sharks in the CC final. I find it hard to believe they have not being able to carry that momentum into Super Rugby. It frustrates me, I can just imagine how Lions supporters feel!

  • Peter - 2012-04-28 20:32

    NASA jjust anounced they found another man-made instance visible for their satilites. It's the holes in the Lion's defensive line. Go Stormers

  • Fransios - 2012-04-29 08:24

    Mitchell already knows that if the kicker was on target the final score would have been 52-20, The lions have to face facts, they have a core problem in their structure, attitude. The lions of last year where deadly with that "we can and we will" attitude, that is missing this year. Winning is a habit, so is losing.

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