Lions beaten in Auckland

2012-05-11 11:25

Cape Town - The Lions have lost their bottom-of-the-table Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

The Blues won 25-3 after leading 10-3 at half-time.

The Blues scored three tries through centre Michael Hobbs, replacement scrumhalf Alby Mathewson and flank Luke Braid, while flyhalf Gareth Anscombe was on target with two conversions and two penalties.

The Lions replied with a penalty by No 10 Elton Jantjies.

The Blues picked up four points for their victory, but remained rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand Conference. They did however move off the bottom of the Combined standings, swapping places with the Lions.

The Lions left Eden Park empty-handed, and remained bottom of the South African Conference... and are the new wooden spoonists in the Overall log.


15 Hadleigh Parkes, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Michael Hobbs, 11 Benson Stanley, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid (captain), 5 Ali Williams, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tevita Mailau

Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Lachie Munro, 22 Sherwin Stowers

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Michael Killian, 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

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ Van der Linde, 18 Cobus Grobbelaar, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Ruan Combrinck, 22 James Kamana


  • Lionel - 2012-05-11 10:28

    Come on Lions,SA supports you all the way!!!!!!!

      Francois - 2012-05-11 11:44

      It does not matter which players the Lions buy, which coaches they get, or where their cash injections come from, the administration at Ellis Park is rotten to the core, and its contagious. Everything they touch turns to crap. When Luyt et al were running it like a business, they were a powerhouse. Get Tokyo Sexwale or Cyril Ramaphosa in as MD, and I bet they'll be contenders for semi's in 2-3 years.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-11 12:09

      Time for Brandy & Coke park to be shut down permanently. Please just relegate these losers now and do the whole country, and Super Rugby, a huge favour !!!

      Burtfred - 2012-05-12 09:46

      How do Mitchell and Spencer hold on to their jobs? Or more to the point, why do they hold on to their jobs?

  • leonard.lightman - 2012-05-11 11:19

    TOO many mistakes and knock ons...Elton my boy if you want to a bok...You gotta make a move and do something quickly...

      Marcel - 2012-05-11 11:27

      elton will never be a real bok, it's only the lions supporters thank think he will

      Rudi - 2012-05-11 13:00

      Elton, move to the Kings. They'll gladly accept you and you will still play SuperRugby in 2013.

  • Andre Daniels - 2012-05-11 11:19

    Why do the Lions even bother. They should accept relegation gracefully. They just not good enough.

      Brendon - 2012-05-11 11:22

      I doubt the Kings can do better all that will happen is players will transfer to an even worse team.

      arraz911t - 2012-05-11 11:31

      @Brendon The Kings should do better, would you tackle a player with puke on his jersey

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-11 11:47

      Give the Lions 3 more years and they will still end up stone last each year

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-11 12:10

      Lions are just useless, accept it ...

  • Brendon - 2012-05-11 11:21

    FFS come on LIONS!!! utter effing useless.

  • arraz911t - 2012-05-11 11:23

    Tough to break the losing habit

      Pete - 2012-05-11 11:28

      The blues managed to do it, they now have 2 wins, the Lions future is not looking good

  • uwe.klopfer - 2012-05-11 11:25

    as a not so proud and very upset lions supporter i can only say : pathetic, sad, pointless, hopeless, mediocre. As much as I dread the the Kings getting into Super Rugby on political grounds I am pretty sure the Kings will at least look like they WANT to play. The lions players don't even look like they WANT to be there. A positive attitude is essential and they don't have it. Even the almost as pathetic Blues players look enthusiastic week in and week out. Playing with this attitude the toothless kittens DESERVE to be kicked out of Super Rugby. No hunger

      Rudi - 2012-05-11 13:03

      Unlike Ellis Park, the Port Elizabeth Stadium will be jam-packed every time as well.

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-05-11 14:22

      @Rudi..It will be jam packed until the supporters has enough of loosing so your argument does not hold water as no support base shells out non stop for loosing.

  • Paul - 2012-05-11 11:30

    Lions will beat the Kings any day

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-05-11 11:35

      Does not matter, they cannot seem to beat anyone else. Give the kings a chance, we will get bigger crowds in PE.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-11 11:50

      Lions will beat the current EP Kings by 20, as we saw in the warm up games vs the Bulls ann Sharks Not sure how good the Southern Kings will be as they are not even a team yet But cant get any worse that the Lions will all the financial support they have been receiving from SANZAR

      Dirk - 2012-05-11 12:07

      @ Tony. I agree that PE will draw bigger crowds, damn shame about the Lions though.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-11 12:10

      it matters not, lions are out, Super Kings are in. bawahahaha

  • Anthony - 2012-05-11 11:32

    the lions are just so k@.k this year

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-11 11:51

      no the Lions are crap every year in Super Rugby

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-11 12:11

      they are not international material. domestically they occassionally cope, but against international competition? not a chance

      Mark - 2012-05-12 21:51

      What are you two clowns commenting on a Lions blog for, it`s nought to do with you, can`t wait for the Super turdes to be murdered next year....i`ll give the Super Queens the same amount of insults you`v given the Lions....Go Joburg, Go the Lions...

  • izak.greyling - 2012-05-11 11:36

    Can the lions play any worse,yes they will loose against a club team. As a lifelong lions supporter, it is the first time I am ashamed of the team. Maybe it is time to seek a team that deserves support and not a team recieving support out of pity!

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-11 11:46

      Well the ref didnt help either, missed a number of penalizable decisions but suppose that happens when you play a terrible game. I can already hear the baying for the coaches head.

      izak.greyling - 2012-05-11 12:19

      Andrew,sure enough the ref had a influence. We should be used to that by now and play accordingly,as South African teams we always get screwed by the ref. The lions are like the anc government. All promise and no delivery!

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-11 11:46

    Fact - Lions are crap and not getting any better Fact - Kings will be playing Super 15 next Season

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-11 12:11

      those are the facts yes Bring on the Super Kings !!!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-11 12:18

      Uhm, yes, the Lions are extremely disappointing, but your linking the Kings' opportunity next year to their (the Lions') loss, is quite pointless, considering the decision to let them (the Kings) play REGARDLESS of who's at the bottom was made BEFORE they (the Lions) lost all their games this year.

  • Zion - 2012-05-11 12:01

    Southern Kings would be toi-toi'ing by this time.

  • LaBlue - 2012-05-11 12:11

    Nee wat ...

  • Jahendel - 2012-05-11 12:16

    As i said on monday blues will win only 2 games this S15...against the Bullions

  • Hannetjie - 2012-05-11 12:16

    Disappointing from our current Currie Cup Champions !!!!!!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-11 12:18

      more like Currie Cup Chimps

      Riaan - 2012-05-11 13:01

      Hannetjie as jy nou nog nie weet die CC final verlede was gekoop sal j seker nooit leer, ai voel jammer vir jou!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-05-11 14:15

      That Currie Cup win was a fluke. They needed to back it up to prove it was not a fluke, but they've failed dismally.

  • Chris - 2012-05-11 12:25

    Please explain to me how you go from Currie Cup champions to this?Now their coach want to tell us it is time for the Cats again!To hell with him,Grey College 1st team will beat these guys!Let PE maar move up...

      Nick - 2012-05-11 15:06

      Nick Charles Dumbwin, I don't want to react on your comments because your surname says it all.

  • Jody - 2012-05-11 12:54

    Bet Mitchell and Carlos have applied for Blues coaching jobs with Lions being demoted for that 3rd rate team from eastern cape.

  • collinml - 2012-05-11 15:54

    My sympathies are with the players and supporters of the Lions.Just like most corp-orates ,the management are running the Lions to the dump.I mean this is the same team that won the Currie Cup and won a few games on tour last year.This year because moral is down it is showing on the results on the field.The Lions boardroom is killing the Lions not the players or coaching staff.Sorry state of affairs.

  • Nico - 2012-05-11 16:19

    Not good enough Lions, basic skills such as catching a ball and tackle a player are missing!! People can blame the management, the coaching, the relegation or anything they want, it's a combination of things, but most of all the players, if you want to be a professional sports player, you must be able to do the basics right! Will be back in super rugby in 2014/15 after the EP Queens broke all our records, so will be a fresh start :)

  • Ockie - 2012-05-12 08:27

    Well sorry Lions. You made the choice easily for SARU to decide who should be relegated next year. To you players ... maybe you should start thinking of your future now, by trying to impress the other coaches and just maybe you will be able to land a Super15 contract with one of them for next year. As it is now ... you will have to step up your game by at least 50%.

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