Chiefs lash lousy Lions

2012-05-05 11:33

Pukekohe - Aaron Cruden again underlined his credentials as the long-term successor to Daniel Carter in the All Blacks with a superb all round performance in guiding the Waikato Chiefs to a 34-21 victory over the Lions in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday.

Cruden scored a try, set up another for winger Lelia Masaga and was perfect with his goalkicking as he slotted four conversions and two penalties for the table-topping Chiefs, who moved to 44 points with the bonus-point win.

"We are pretty pleased we scored a few tries, but there were also a few lapses too and we let them run too much," said Chiefs captain Craig Clarke, who scored his first Super Rugby try.

Scrumhalf Brendon Leonard grabbed the bonus-point try following a speculative kick and chase.

The Chiefs success this season has been built on smothering defence and a much improved forward performance that has given flyhalf Cruden the time to dictate play, which he did with composed efficiency against the Lions in Pukekohe.

Coach Dave Rennie chose to rest several of the forwards that had helped the Chiefs to eight successive wins but it made little difference as the Hamilton-based side smashed into tackles and the breakdown on the way to equalling their most wins in a Super Rugby season.

They also won nine games in 2009, when they finished runners-up to the Bulls, though with six matches remaining are almost certain to add to that total.

The Lions used their massive pack to score all three of their tries, with replacement lock Cobus Grobelaar bashing over twice from rolling mauls following attacking lineouts, while captain Joshua Strauss smashed over from in close.

Elton Jantjies converted all three tries, though the Lions played most of the game hemmed inside their own half and made too many errors in their execution.

"When we stuck to our game plan it worked for us but we gave them a lot of ball and they're a side that punishes you," said Grobelaar. "We were playing a lot of catch-up rugby but the guys showed good character.

"We just need to work on our basics and there are things to improve."

The scorers:

Tries: Cruden, Clarke, Masaga, Leonard
Cons: Cruden 4
Pens: Cruden 2

Tries: Grobbelaar 2, Strauss
Con: Jantjies 3

Chiefs: 15 Andrew Horrell, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Arizona Taumalolo, 18 Alex Bradley, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Tawera Kerr- Barlow, 21 Jackson Willison, 22 Maritino Nemani.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 James Kamana, 22 Michael Killian.


  • Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-05 11:42

    Ek het erger verwag. Bul groete.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-05 13:24

      Weet nie eintlik wat die fout met hulle is nie ,maar dis 'n leeue aandeel muviese fout..

      Burtfred - 2012-05-05 13:46

      Merge the Bulls and the Lions into one team. Call the team the Bullions. Dress them in shiny gold stretch lamé kit - it would suit both teams. The Bulls are already into girls' clothing and the Lions play like girls.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 13:50

      Jan en Butfred... Die Leeus kom die Stompies nog opeet die jaar!!!. 30 June... groot pret op Nuweland!

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-05 11:42

    PLEASE RELEGATE THE USELESS LACKLUSTER LIONS IMMEDIATELY !!! AND BRING ON THE SUPER KINGS !!! No one could do worse than the Brandy and Coke Park brigade ...

      Nico - 2012-05-05 11:49

      hahahaha Charles, I see you are too scared to comment on u're teams performance last night, hahahahaha at least the Lions won the CC last year, although a watered down one, they won it, the Queens could not win their b-division competition, gonna be funny watching u guys next year!! can't wait!!!

      David - 2012-05-05 11:50

      Relegate to where.? You think the Loser Queens will be better. Remember the Lions took 80 points from them in the bigging of the season and they will do it again. You have such brainless comments.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 12:56

      Dis eintlik waar Nico... Daai ding is so dom soos grond!

      shawn.bruwer - 2012-05-05 13:31

      Are you drunk Dude? The Super Kings battle to beat Vodacom Cup sides.

      David - 2012-05-05 14:05

      The Super Queens lost to the PUMA'S. So bend over and let the PE wind blow up your ass.

      Gieljam - 2012-05-05 14:09

      Charles stick to bells and you will have more palls..

      Raeez - 2012-05-08 09:32

      The Kings lost to the Pumas nvm, you probably know nothing bout rugby im wasting my time

  • Selma - 2012-05-05 11:51

    The Lions are their own worst enemy.

  • Nico - 2012-05-05 11:51

    At least the Lions looked better tonight, as if they wanted to play. Made some stupid mistakes that cost us, but overall a much better improvement. If they can keep this level of play up on the tour we will get our 10 points in the tour :) GO LIONS!!!

      daniersa - 2012-05-05 11:56

      Well said Nico. Nick Mallet felt the 1 try should not have been as the Lions were wrongfully penalised. So we pushed the top team close. Just need some patience. Lineouts looked good and with all the props coming back we might just still need Wikus and his calming impact. GO LIONS!!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-05 12:20

      Yes, go home !!!

  • Dave - 2012-05-05 12:13

    This Lions team is pathetic. They should stick to the Curry Cup because they are a waste of space in the S15. It is unfair that SA teams get to play them twice as it is a gift 10 points.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-05 12:21

      Too true !!! They must retire now and close down Brandy & Coke Park BRING ON THE SUPER KINGS !!!

      Nico - 2012-05-05 12:34

      @Dave, Lions played the Cheetahs twice so far, they only got 6 points of it, the Bulls once, they got 5 points, Stormers and Sharks both only able to take 4 points so far, so the only team that might get 10 from the Lions this year is the Bulls :)

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 13:01

      World Champions!!!!... Wahahahahaha If you ask me it was the most controversial WC ever you clown! I would be ashamed to say what you just said on a blog if I was an AB supporter. Go put a bone through your nose and run off into the forest now. The family is waiting for supper!

      Dave - 2012-05-05 13:08

      WORLD. CHAMPIONS of the most successful world cup tournament in history there princess. Remind me where your chumps are ranked at the moment. Is it fourth or fifth? Let me guess, there were reffing blunders that cost you the game against Scotland when they beat you? Was there also reffing blunders in the 46 wins the ABs have had against SA? Just to remind you, that is 12 more wins than the 34 you have had over us. WORLD CHAMPIONS PRINCESS!

      Rich - 2012-05-05 13:28

      Whats the matter with this post? I guess the truth hurts. Tokolos, doesn't small and little mean the same thing? Anyway,yes NZ is a small country but we have seven more tri nations titles and seven more super rugby titles that SA, a country with ten times our population. We also have an unbeaten under 20 side that has won the world championship four times in a row and a sevens set up that kicks your butt on a regular basis. Whether you like it or not, NZ is dominant against SA in every form and at every level. And long may it continue.

      Dave - 2012-05-05 13:35

      Rich you are a legend. Can't wait to see what Princess tokolos has to say about that reply.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 13:41

      Listen you two small island syndrome wannabees. I never argued who won and who lost the most matches. I am talking about the current state of affairs and about the "World Champions" claim made by idiot Dave. Given yes, you were crowned "world champions", but not without controversy. Strange how you as the "mighty Gods of world rugby since the beginning of time" only manage to win it on two occasions and both in your own country as well. 1st WC in 1987 and only 24 years later in NZ ... AGAIN. (Very strange) Saying this I want to add that never in a world cup has there been so much controversy around referees as in this one. Lets face it... THE FRENCH WERE 10 TIMES BETTER THAN YOU ON THE DAY. Like I said... Go play in the forest!

      Rich - 2012-05-05 13:47

      Doesn't matter who you beat, by what margin and where it happened. RWC champions are RWC champions. Besides, I think it's quite special that the ABs have won both RWCs at home in front of their rugby loving nation. I guess it's a bit like SA winning it at home in 95 - or didn't you find that special or maybe you weren't born then.

      Alan - 2012-05-05 13:53

      Very seldom do I agree with Tokolos but on this one I do. You lot have cheated your way to a so many wins over these last 16 years it is embarassing and only simple minded folk will deny it is through consistant ref cheating and bias. At leaset after this so called RWC the rest of the world finally saw what we have been on about the bias against SA teams. You benefit cause our management structure who are supposed to fight our cause are run by a bunch of myopic all black and wallaby supporting idiots who are also managing to run our once beautiful country into the ground despite it having super infrastructure and a wealth of natural resources. They have never stood up for SA teams and continue to assists messers paddy o'cheat and bryce one eyed lawrence in gifting victories to teams playing against SA teams. Despite that we have won 2 RWCs and you have not won 1 yet - we weren't there in 87 and you certainly in all honesty cannot belive that last year was a fair contest therefore it's a no counter. Sorry boys you guys just can't cut the mustard. At least now in pubs around the world (and homes) when the all blacks and aussie teams play everyone says "yes the Saffa's are right, they do cheat and if they didn't they would loose against SA teams" - Paddy even though he and the irb gifted you the bryce lawrence trophy, they have embarrassed the new zealand nation as a "bunch of cheats" for life - enjoy the tag "all cheats!"

      Rich - 2012-05-05 13:53

      I shan't waste any more of my morning trying to educate a buffoon - I'm off to watch some clips of the RWC champions.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 13:53

      So you two "bone in the nose spear throwing hunters" actually agree with the Tokolos that you shouldn't really be called "world champions?

      Rich - 2012-05-05 14:03

      Alan, and your opinion on the 1969 moon landing and 911 please.

      Rich - 2012-05-05 14:20

      Alan, sounds like you're not too impressed with the way your home land is run. I'm surprised you haven't moved to the North Shore of Auckland like all those other Saffas. They seem to love it - why is that do you think? Probably glad to be away from bitter people like yourself. Sour grapes!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 14:51

      Tell him Jannie!!! Bulls Greetings!

      Dave - 2012-05-05 22:01

      Jan is a girls name and I'm sure the only thing you are beating is your self you dirty little mastubater!

      Zion - 2012-05-06 07:21

      Words and wishes can never change the reality of those on a double little island, are world champs if we like it or not. Get over yourselves manne and sort out your issues during the week. Ai. Ai the black shirt and fern feels good and the cameras blossom.

  • Ockie - 2012-05-05 12:20

    Much better performance Lions. The Chiefs is a very good side. You were in the game but little errors kept you in a catch-up situation all the time. Best of luck for next week.

  • Schaun - 2012-05-05 12:38

    "When we stuck to our game plan it worked for us but we gave them a lot of ball and they're a side that punishes you," said Grobelaar. "We were playing a lot of catch-up rugby but the guys showed good character................stop showing so called character and start booting the wannabe players and their unions and play some rugby

  • Johan Vermaak - 2012-05-05 12:43

    Well, it could have been worse! Well done Lions against the best performing team at the moment. Since the Lions will most probably be replaced by a political team (EC = ANC home), why not bring back the Cats? Merge the Cheetahs with the Lions again on Super rugby level. The Cheetahs management will have the most say naturally, but then players can be sourced from both Currie Cup teams. Just a thought. Any opinions?

      Nico - 2012-05-05 12:48

      What I think might happen is that the Lions players will be absorbed by the other unions for super15, and then be back at the Lions for CC. I can't see the other super unions letting any player go to the queens, the gauranteed 10 points and 100+ points diff is just too good a prize to spoil. Unfortunetely the Cats didn't work :(

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-06 17:28

      From a sharks fan, i wud like to state that i find the cheetahs one of the most entertaining teams to watch. They r slowly bcoming a force, the cats idea wud just disrupt wats going on in bloem.

  • Anneck - 2012-05-05 12:48

    More evidence of how dumbed down the Currie Cup has become! Pathetic!

      Anneck - 2012-05-05 13:15

      Tokolos, you are a joke. Lol.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 14:52

      Thank you Anneck... The Tokolos aim to please!!!

  • Anneck - 2012-05-05 12:50

    As I have suggested before: Have the Sharks, Stormers, Kings, Cheetahs, Lions and Bulls compete for the Currie Cup. Team that comes last sits out the Super 15 the following year. Simple!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 13:08

      Who cares what you say!!!

      Rob - 2012-05-05 13:15

      Good idea.

      Anneck - 2012-05-05 13:16

      Tokolos, I for one, don't even care what you say. Who is the IDIOT now??

      David - 2012-05-05 13:57

      Good idea. From past experience, Charles's Southern Queens will be last again.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-05 14:18

      Kings are rollin, they're hatin ... Kings are legally the only team given a Super15 spot for next year's tournament. KEEP HATIN BOYS !!!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 14:56

      Charles Numbnuts.... Tokolos is glad you say "given" and not "deserved" or "earned". The word given says it all. You can see Cheeky is behind all this. Same culture as you know who!!!

      Bob - 2012-05-05 22:38


  • Tongie - 2012-05-05 13:09

    alot of ball handling errors. too many unforced errors. poor decision making. overall, dissappointing effort for a team that could have won the game. the lesser said the better. let move on to the next game...!!!

  • naeem.february - 2012-05-06 00:38

    Tokolos,,,julle kan moz net bo die stormerS gAan as ons 'n bye het? Lol aaaai Shaame,,, maar geniet ma jule week bo,,,wanT as die rebelS vi jule 'n game kan gee? DiE brumbies of loftus? Die blues wat laaste le op die log wen julle op loftus? Haha jule is 'n joke man,,, oe ek vergeet amper die stormers is ook een van julle 2 verlore ne? So gedink ja,,,die warathas,chiefs ,end highlanders gan julle versmoor,,,haha geniet ma julle week bo,,stormerS groete:):):)

      Morne - 2012-05-06 22:11

      naeem...Die bulle is S.A SupeRugby se NUWE CHOKERS!!!2011 en nou 2012!!! Tokoloser en die bottleboulers en soustannies se span.

  • Zion - 2012-05-06 07:26

    The lions with their pathetic display can now safely be placed beside the Southern Kings, maybe queens)and selecting simply being done by eenie, meanie, mynie mo methods.

  • Zion - 2012-05-06 08:02

    .....Richie McCaw is so far the only Rugby Captain that earned a doctorate during his rugby career. Dr Dawie de Villiers was awarded a doctorate in philosophy in 1979. His rugby career ended just after 1976 when he captained South Africa against New Zealand. So a little respect will go down well for our NZ counterparts.

  • Mark - 2012-05-06 15:28

    Lousy Lions, the author of this aricle should`nt be writting if he cant be nuetral, or Sport 24 should let it be known wich franchise they support.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-06 17:32

    Karma is a b****, few months go after winning the cc the lions board decided to screw over the man who bailed them out of insolvency. Look at u now

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