Reds overcome Lions

2011-04-02 16:42

Johannesburg - The Reds took control in the second half to secure a 30-25 win over the MTN Lions in a Vodacom Super Rugby southern hemisphere championship clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions led 14-10 at half-time but failed to capitalise fully on their Australian opponents having to play for a total of 20 minutes with 14 players after two of them were sent to the sin bin for separate offences.

The Reds looked easily the more cohesive team in the second period, with flyhalf Quade Cooper orchestrating a series of attacks on the Lions line, as they stayed top of the Australian conference.

The only blot on Cooper's performance was that he missed two early penalty attempts at goal but fullback Mike Harris took over and landed six out of six, converting all three of his team's tries and kicking three penalty goals.

By contrast, veteran flyhalf Andre Pretorius was successful with only four of nine kicks at goal.

Prop James Slipper was yellow carded after just six minutes for a dangerous tackle on Lions hooker Bandise Maku.

He had been back on the field for only eight minutes when Reds captain, lock James Horwill, was sent to the sidelines by New Zealand referee Vinny Munro for a professional foul.

"Discipline is something we will have to work on - we can't afford to have two yellow cards," said Horwill. "But the boys dug deep in the second half."

The Lions led 11-0 through a try by fullback Michael Killian, following a well-timed inside pass by centre Waylon Murray, and two penalty goals by Pretorius.

But the Reds fought back late in the half with a try by left wing Luke Morahan, who was put into space by Cooper, and a conversion and penalty by Harris.

Another Pretorius penalty shortly before half-time followed by a solo try by replacement fullback Jaco Taute immediately after the break put the Lions nine points ahead.

But the momentum shifted dramatically to the Reds as Cooper ghosted his way through the defence for a try, converted by Harris, who then landed two long-range penalty goals in quick succession as the visitors went ahead for the first time.

Digby Ioane made up for his earlier error when he barged across the try line from close range and the Lions needed a late, long-range penalty from replacement Rory Kockott to secure a bonus point.


  • Johan - 2011-04-02 16:55

    Andre Pretorius missed ((4 x 3) + (2 X 2)) = 16! Ad that to the final score!!!

      Zion - 2011-04-02 17:32

      You said he missed them.

      Whatever - 2011-04-03 00:08

      Lions is k@k en klaar!Cheetahs sonder geld doen baie beter.Gaan speel Vodacom Cup

      Whatever - 2011-04-03 00:09

      Ou Johan gee jy wiskunde vir Gr 6 kinders?Hoeveel skoppe het die Reds gemis?Onthou om dit af te trek by die 16 d@@s!

      Lions4ever - 2011-04-03 06:13

      @whatever die reds het 2 skoppe gemis met ander woorde -6 wat die lions nog steeds 10 punte meer gegee het, so die Lions kon nog steeds die wedstryd gewen het as die skoppe oor was so moenie mense n doos noem nie as jy so bietjie vetraag is.

  • molefeP - 2011-04-02 17:03

    Mmm, I dont think that Mr Pretorius was the answer. Why not give Burton Francis a run? How much worse can he be than Pretorius? And why not let Kockott kick from the word go? If those 16 point had been scored it might just have been a different game all together?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-03 07:28

      Ja, pointless having to fall back on the pensioner. But you have to admit, his general play was good - as it should be with all that experience. And Kockott should have done the kicking, the best part of his game.

      Jaco - 2011-04-03 15:45

      Burton should never have left the Bulls. He were obviously promised a regular starting berth at the Lions when he signed for them. Now he has to contend with an overrated, Elton Jantjies obsessed coach. Loffie Eloff wouldn't have done any worse with all the money available to him.

  • Mark - 2011-04-02 18:33

    another miserable year for Lion supporters, i hope im proved wrong.

  • Andy49 - 2011-04-02 19:36

    OK so Pretorius didn't save the Lions as anticipated, where to from here for John Mitchell?

      Whatever - 2011-04-03 00:10

      Koop nog ape by!!

      Johan - 2011-04-03 07:50

      This is what I would do....Play Kockett..Jano very slow (taken into consideration that he don't have an injury)..Kockett can also kick! Don't play golden oldies..I will not play van Rensburg! He is a bit to slow for wing!! Kamana is back this week I think, so back three is Kamana, Taute and Mapoe! Play Andre only 1st half...I think he brings some sort of tactically stability to the game! Then play Jantjies (he need game time. (Andre's defence was not better than Jantjies and his kicking was worse). Work on scrums and line outs! Can we maybe get someone that can teach the players to protect the ball at a maul or how to place it! I think we where lucky in the 1st half taken the silly mistakes the Reds made! I think JM had the right game plan...Our team kind of lost the plot when the Red got in front!! Lions should just stick to their rebuilding face because if we chance more than 2 players for next season....we never going to improve!!!

      Whatever - 2011-04-03 09:47

      BRING BACK THE ROSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-04-02 21:50

    You guys need a kicker. It is very comforting being a Bulls supporter, knowing that even on a bad day in the field our resident marksman can bring us home the win (e.g. today in NZ). Apparently Morne Steyn practises about 600 kicks a week at goal.

      Whatever - 2011-04-03 00:12

      Regtig?Hy het maar lekker k@k geskop vroeer in die jaar!As jy wil praat van skop kyk na Grant jou Parra!Sorry hy is mos vd Kaap.

  • chris - 2011-04-03 08:37

    Nee kyk die manne maak kak droog hulle wil net op hulle eie speel, Dit Is SOMMER KAK

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