Hurricanes sink Lions at death

2012-03-02 21:00

Johannesburg - The Hurricanes sank the Lions at the death with a penalty to take the spoils 28-30 in a nail biting Super Rugby match at Ellis Park on Friday.

The Lions were clinical -- for most of the first half -- in their plan to outwit the Hurricanes as they tried to keep the game in the opposition's half with accurate kicks into the corner.

They also used Warren Whiteley to some effect with the eighthman gaining some ground with pick and runs from the back of the scrum.

Despite doing most of the playing, the Lions were still behind on the scoreboard at the halftime break with the Canes leading 14-8.

The visitors scored the first points of the match with their flyhalf Beauden Barrett converting a penalty five minutes into the encounter.

From the restart Lions pivot Elton Jantjies kicked the ball deep into the left hand corner where a Hurricanes player knocked the ball on to give the hosts a scrum five metres from the tryline.

Whiteley picked the ball up from the first attempt and was stopped short of the line.

On the second attempt the ball went wide to Jantjies who did a run around with Doppies la Grange, then offloaded to a speeding Jaco Taute who scored in the corner.

Jantjies missed the conversion.

Six minute later Barrett took back the lead with another penalty conversion but Taute soon showed his long range kicking ability with a penalty conversion well over the 50 metres.

The Lions, who had the better of the Canes in the scrum, suffered their second setback of the evening with replacement prop CJ van der Linde joining crocked JC Janse van Rensburg, leaving Pat Cilliers as the only specialist prop. For the rest of the match the scrums were uncontested.

Four minutes before the break, the Hurricanes launched themselves into the lead with fullback Andre Taylor scoring in the right hand corner, with Barrett missing the conversion.

Jantjies, however, got his side within two points shortly after the restart but the Hurricanes were soon awarded a penalty which took their lead back to six points.

In the 55th minute Jantjies got the Ellis Park crowd off their feet with a clean break on the left hand side of the field.

He offloaded to Michael Killian who got caught in possession but the Lions still managed to go forward.

They progressed to metres from the goalline when Franco van der Merwe sold a slight dummy and got over the line for his side's second try, with Jantjies converting to give the Lions a one-point lead.

The Hurricanes, however, got a lucky break two minutes later when a Joshua Strauss pass went astray with the visitors' Conrad Smith booting the ball ahead.

Smith gave the ball an intelligent nudge to the left where hooker Dane Coles picked up metres from the tryline to score.

This gave the Canes a nine-point lead with less than a quarter left in the game.

The Lions showed great character as they got themselves back into the lead with a Jantjies penalty conversion and a Butch James converted try.

Hanging onto a mere one-point lead the Lions tried valiantly to keep the Canes out of their half but the visitors were reluctant on attack.

In their desperation the Lions conceded a penalty two minutes before the end of the match with Barrett kicking the penalty to clinch a last minute victory.



Tries: Jaco Taute, Franco van der Merwe, Butch James
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2).
Penalties: Taute, Jantjies (2)


Tries: Andre Taylor, Dane Coles, Cory Jane. 
Penalties: Beauden Barrett (5)


  • James Parker - 2012-03-02 21:03

    As predicted. Canes were always going to win that

      Sean - 2012-03-02 21:22

      you had to be a little nervous in the last fifteen minutes :-)

      Renny - 2012-03-03 08:30

      I thought it was a great match to watch, nice running rugby, best match this year so far. Lions you played well & I'm proud to support the Lions.

  • Jack - 2012-03-02 21:14

    Hearties Lions! Hope you guys do better next week!

  • John - 2012-03-02 21:14

    Sorry Lions. Julle het hard geveg maar julle wys nog baie tekens van roes. Volgende game gaan julle hard terug veg ek weet!! Moenie gaan le nie ouens. Julle gaan nog baie games wen die jaar! eks agter julle ouens!

  • Sean - 2012-03-02 21:21

    Is it just me or was Steve Walsh rubbish tonight. Again! As a Lions fan I'll probably be branded a whinger, so be it. Steve was rubbish and BOTH teams benefited. We have had rule changes, I know. One of these is supposed to be that attacking players at a ruck have to support their weight. Most of the rucks in this game had players flying through, going off their feet and taking the defending forwards out the game. Isn't that against this "new" rule? Then the rule about releasing the ball when tackled. There were at least three instances when a Lions player was tackled, got back on his feet (still holding the ball) and drove forward. How is this allowed? If the refs get the rules wrong how can the players be expected to play to these same rules? And I'm not even gong into the final, final, final warnings that seem to be issued. All the same well done Hurricanes. It was an exciting game right to the end. We made too many mistakes to deserve the win - if we are honest with ourselves. I wouldn't want to be in the dressing room tonight. I don't think Mitchel is going to be kind!

      Rene - 2012-03-02 21:31

      @Sean, sorry your team lost tonight, but I thought that Steve (and I am NOT a fan of the man) had a good game. You can still be proud of your team. Last year you lost 38/27 against them. You guys will do well. Keep the faith, there are a lot of positives to take from the game, focus on that.

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-02 21:35 are obviously the expert.....not sure at what though....faceless

      Sean - 2012-03-02 21:40

      @Dave: Nothing gets past you mate. Was it the fact that I'm a Lions supporter that gave it away? Regular Sherlock Holmes you are. Thanks for the input though, inspiring stuff!

      Alan - 2012-03-03 00:00

      @ Sean, I have to agree that too many final final warnings were issued by ol steve. I have it when a ref gives final warnings to a team through out the match but never sin bins them or even worse yellow cards them with like 4 min left. The Lions weren't good and blew many a try but the caines were equally dismal in excecution. The big difference probably was those 9 turnovers. However go watch again and notice the caines did this week what they did last week, late should charges/tackles, playing guys off the ball and my personal favourite, after making a tackle they roll away into the oncoming players of the attacking team, effectively tripping them up and slowing down any support or clearing out that should have been allowed to take place. It's a trick the kiwi's have pulled for 2 years now and has been picked up and commented on by the idiots in charge. In fact they promised to clamp down on it but not old steve, no way he is kiwi born but registered as an aussie ref so ofcourse has free reign and we know he hates SA teams big time. No use saying a result could have or should have been anything, it is what it is but that rollowing away from the tackle in the direction of the oppositions arriving support effectively kills the game from a spectator and attackers point of view - come on sanzar / irb/idiots sort it out. Again the kiwi cheats get away with cheating which is plain for all to see.

      Alan - 2012-03-03 00:06

      Sorry, I have to add that Bondisio had a nightmare of a game. As for CJ, I could have told you last year he would cry off injured, the guy gets injured just watching a game. Sad cause the scrum was the lions biggest weapon but how can you have Injury v/d Linda on your bench and expect to have contested scrums for 80mins?

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-03 03:26

      @dave you are probably not south african, so why are you commenting on a south african news site? I can guarantee you your missing sheep is not here,w@nker!

      Lion - 2012-03-03 04:26

      @Dave... You are just being stupid here and you are showing that you don't know much about rugby. Sean accepted defeat and gave credit where it was due. So what is your issue you idiot? This game was there for the taking by the Lions but they just couldn't nail it in the end. We don't have to hang our heads down in shame for losing by two. That is rugby. A good team and a true supporter can smile when they hold a cup high and both be gracious in defeat. So what? The Lions was just not good enough on the night to seal it and we are gracious in defeat. You on the other hand have to keep your trap shut. It is early days and whichever team you support will stumble at some point so shut the f@ck up you moron.

  • Taetjo - 2012-03-02 21:37

    Jantjies was the only player in that backline. Where is Lionel Mapoe? Both the wingers were not that great! Hollenbach and La Grange need to pick up on attack.

      Sean - 2012-03-02 21:43

      The ball handling by the Hurricanes was brilliant tonight. Even with 58% possession the Lions looked edgy. Those two tries from two knock-on errors happened so quickly the guys were shell shocked. At the end of the day the better team won though, deserved result.

      Paul - 2012-03-02 22:16

      Funny how you knock all the white players, Taetjo. Coincidence?

      Taetjo - 2012-03-02 22:24

      Paul, no disrespect but thanks for reminding me that we are in South Africa. Well, race didn't even cross my mind when I was posting what I posted. Racial stuff depress me, I'm not going to entertain you. I'm stating what I stated and it had NOTHING to do with race. Absolutely nothing. The Lions backline was not clicking. If they happened to be white, so what? If it isn't working on the night, it isn't working. Well, ask me about the forwards. I was impressed with warren Whitely, Cobus Visagie and Patrick Cilliers. And that also has nothing to do with race. I pray to God for the day South Africans (both black and white) STOP seeing colour, you are seriously dragging us backwards!

      kevin.rack - 2012-03-03 05:00

      Pefectly good answer. Where is Lionel anyway??

  • Soetdoring - 2012-03-02 21:39

    Bad luck Lions, dit kon so maklik anders gewees het. Ek is egter seker Heyneke Meyer moes beslis 'n paar name opgetel het wat hom kan help om 'n nuwe Bok span te bou - Taute, Hollenbach, Bondesio om maar 'n paar te noem en Jantjies het ook baie goed vertoon. Hoop hulle kan hierop voortbou in die S15.

      Paul - 2012-03-02 22:17

      Thanks Soetdoring, maar ek dink Bondesio is nie tuis op hierdie vlak nie.

      Wilhelmina - 2012-03-03 12:14

      Stem saam Paul. Nie op die stadium nie. Jantjies het die bal in die eerste helfte te diep ingeskop. Ons mense kon nie daarvoor kompeteer nie. die tweede helfte het ons darem die bal kon kry van die afskop af. Verder verloor ons mense die bal te maklik aan die ander span. Dis daardie foute wat uitgebuit is. Twee drieë wat nie moes wees nie as gevolg daarvan. Maar ek is 100% agter die Leeus en glo dat hulle vorentoe al hoe beter gaan doen. Gister se game bewys dit, want hulle het ’n beter spel gespeel as die vorige week. GO LEEUS!

      Lion - 2012-03-03 12:39

      @Tannie Wilhelmina Tannie jy is 'n yster. Die leeus gaan nog paar spanne seermaak die jaar. Kyk mooi. Veral daai spannetjie wat meer na die suide se kant toe le. Hulle gaan die ergste pak kry nog.

  • Nico - 2012-03-02 22:04

    Eish, the hurricanes were too good tonight, but both teams improved a lot since last week, nice running rugby. Think what actually sunk the Lions was the uncontested scrums, could never forced the hurricanes on the back foot, and hurricanes with momentum will beat anyone. Well done Hurricanes, but the Lions will be back next week for a win! GO LIONS :)

  • David - 2012-03-02 22:12

    Sorry Lions, always sucks losing it at the death like that. Still the side is improving a lot since previous seasons. Don't worry, my Sharks will silence the gloating 'Breezers' tomorrow night.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-03-02 22:33


      ckrohne1 - 2012-03-02 22:35

      Die Sharkies van daai wereld af is nie gewoond aan die koue seestroom aan hierdie kant nie. Hulle gaan versuip

      David - 2012-03-02 22:44

      How the spiders doing in your trophy cabinet at Newlands? They got any squatters rights yet??

      Bootman - 2012-03-02 23:13

      David whats with all the trophy cabinet talk? Which trophy's do the Sharks have in their cabinet. The only one I know off is the "almost Super14 trophy" you have from 2007.

      Saffa - 2012-03-02 23:26

      @Bootman "Almost Super-14" is more than you have isn't it? You don't "almost" have nothing, you DEFINITELY have nothing in your cabinet. And that for a very very long time. I'll be ashamed to even think of opening my big fat trap if I was you

      Bootman - 2012-03-02 23:31

      Pieter why so upset? Does your blow up doll have a puncture?

      David - 2012-03-02 23:49

      We're sharing the Currie Cup with the Lions, the one we had for two years

      Bootman - 2012-03-02 23:56

      As far as I know, the Currie Cup is in the Lions trophy cabinet, so the one you have must be a fake. Where did you get it, at the R5 store?

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 00:13

      @Bootman Stick to the topic Bootman, how many trophies? It's an easy answer, just give us a number

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-03 03:38

      29 currie cups saffa, that is almost 10 times more than the bulls super rugby 'victory' cabinet. There is your number!

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 03:54

      @Tertius Over a 123yr time period that's very very average. Bulls did nearly as much in half the time Plus many Vodacom cups and Super cups of which the Stormers still, up to this day, has ZERO

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-03 04:03

      @saffa, so die geskiedenis is relevant as dit die pink meisies pas, die feite maak nie 'so baie saak nie'

      Lion - 2012-03-03 04:37

      @Saffa You are wrong my friend. They have the conference cup last year. Never forget that. And that makes them......?

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 05:06

      Tertius Wat wat ek gese het is nie feite nie Kyk jy plant nie breine oor nie doen jy

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-02 23:59

    Saterdag sal die Cheetahs agterkom dat die Bulle nie so mak is soos die Lions nie. Bulle met 10+

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 01:19

      Wat pla idioot by News24?????????????????????????????????????????????????????/

  • Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:33

    Sorry Lions but this is the start of your path to relegation

      Johan - 2012-03-03 06:54

      I don't think so! THere is a long season lying ahead! The Lions lost due to 2 soft tries on counters and I am sure many SA teams would have been shel shocked with it! I think the Lions are going to win a lot more games than last year! This years log is very interesting!

      Ockie - 2012-03-03 07:25

      Kevin please don't be so negative. The Lions made silly mistakes and gave away 2 soft tries. It was a game that they could and should have won. They can however take a lot of positives from the game. They never gave up and fight all the way. They kept the ball better in hand than the previous week and play good rugby most of the time. Best wishes for next week Lions.

  • Juan-Carlos - 2012-03-03 07:28

    Good game to watch both sides overall average with the Lions having the edge in backline flair which is surprising !!, Canes look to be a one man Barrett band and the lions lost the edge when the scrums went uncontested. The Ref i think had a really good game unlike the rubbish that was last week when he was the Stormers 16th man insuring a lopsided game , Both sides will get better.........well then again it is the Hurricanes and the Lions who knows?

  • Keith - 2012-03-03 07:37

    Lions was glad nie so sleg nie, maar hulle agterlyn moet asseblief leer om die bal nie bo mekaar se koppe aan te gee nie. Dit vat tyd om dit onder beheer te bring en dan voort te speel. Glad nie 'n train smash nie-Lions gaan weer wen. Trots Suid-Afrikaans.

  • Pierre - 2012-03-03 07:45

    Mitchell for Springbok coach - yeh right. I don't even want to be sarcastic. I was hoping so much for the Lions for a couple of seasons now, but I am giving up. I am fed up.

      Taetjo - 2012-03-03 11:35

      I don't blame you.

      Lion - 2012-03-03 12:46

      Yes please give up!!! We don't need negative people like you to support the Lions. Go and lock yourself in your room and listen to your AMOR cd!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-04 02:08

      LIon , I want a bit AMOR from the Lions. Losing against a side like the Hurricanes at home is not good. (By the way who is AMOR; in the Cape we don't listen to Vaalies music.)

  • Jacobus - 2012-03-03 09:23

    ag siestog, welpies moet maar welpie rugby gaan speel. kings gaan julle plek volgende jaar vat

      Lion - 2012-03-03 12:47


      Lion - 2012-03-03 12:51

      Jy MOET 'n Stormer wees neem ek aan. Ek se niks meer nie

  • Ridwaan - 2012-03-03 11:39

    Mitch is disappointing me ... Bondesio is rubbish - rubbish passes, and takes too long .. Josh Strauss needs to learn ball retention skills in contact - he is always losing the ball in contact ! Support players too slow in ruck /protecting the ball = Turnover ball over and over again. High Ball deficiency Ball handling skills Swop Kamana for that Perez guy (Samoa) or a SA 7's specialist. I always wonder, why do teams practice in the day, for mostly evening games ? Why not practice in the evening, so you are used to the night conditions, because their handling skills were shocking ! Cmon Mitch - what are u guys doing in training ??

  • Wilhelmina - 2012-03-03 12:08

    @ Rene. Ek stem saam. Die leeus het ’n beter game gehad, maar daar is nog baie om te verbeter. GO LEEUS! Volgende game gaan julle kook!

  • Andre Botes - 2012-03-03 12:20

    Currie cup rugby is not super15 rugby. Its against the worst NZ team in the competition. Facts are that the lions played against the worst 2 sides in the competition and nothing looks good. I see a long har season ahead. No wonder everyone wants the lions out of the super rugby competition.

      Bootman - 2012-03-03 15:16

      Andre you are so wrong. Not everyone wants the Lions out of Super Rugby. There are millions who want the Bulls out because their tappit mullet wearing supporters are embarrasing us on the international stage.

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