Lions snatch dramatic late win
Melbourne - Centre Lionel Mapoe crossed for a match-winning try in the 78th minute as
the Lions fought back from 13-0 down to beat the
inconsistent Melbourne Rebels 20-16 in a Super Rugby encounter on Friday.
As it happened: Rebels v Lions
Rebels only had themselves to blame for the loss in front of their
home supporters, with flyhalf Mike Harris missing three crucial kicks
as the Lions recorded only their second win in six games this season.
looked like another road defeat for the South African conference's
perennial basement dwellers when centre Mitch Inman and fullback Jonah
Placid put the Rebels 13-0 ahead with tries in the first 12 minutes
after an early Harris penalty.
But those were the last points the
Rebels would score for almost an hour as they failed to make the most of
having the travel-weary Lions on the rack.
Elton Jantjies put the
Lions on the board with a late penalty at the end of the first half to
make it 13-3, with flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff closing the gap further four
minutes after the break with the Lions' first try.
converted and levelled the scores at 13-13 with a second penalty in the
61st minute before Harris ended the Rebels' drought with another three
pointer to edge the hosts back in front.
Both sides missed further
kicks at goal as the Rebels looked set to record rare back-to-back
victories only for the Lions to snatch it through Mapoe at the death.
Tries: Mitch Inman, Jonah Placid
Penalties: Mike Harris (2)
Tries: Marnitz Boshoff, Lionel Mapoe
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2)
Penalties: Elton Jantjies (2)
15 Jonah Placid, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison,12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Tom Sexton , 17 Cruze Ah-Nau ,18 Paul Alo-Emile , 19 Steven Cummins, 20 Colby Fainga'a , 21 Luke Burgess , 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefenaia Naivalu.
15. Jaco van der Walt, 14. Sampie Mastriet, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Elton Jantjies, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Robert Kruger, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Armand van der Merwe, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. Andries Ferreira, 20. Jaco Kriel, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Harold Vorster, 23. Andries Coetzee