Tucuman no match for Lions

2011-02-09 21:03

Johannesburg - Three tries and a 19-3 lead after only 13 minutes tell the general story of the match between the Lions and the Argentine champions Tucuman at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday night.

The Lions won 82-19 at a canter in a match that was never more than a training run.

The Lions led 47-9 at halftime with seven tries to their credit, and ended up scoring 12 tries against one.

It is a matter for conjecture whether this was the visitors' best side or whether the rugby standard in South America - and Argentine in particular - is below par, but for Lions coach John Mitchell the most he learned from the game was probably what his team didn't do right against scant opposition.

It was only in the scrums that the visitors were - initially - really competitive, although some poor lineouts by the Lions and also a few unnecessary turnovers helped the visitors to keep it from being an even bigger trashing.

Such sloppiness will undoubtedly be punished when the Super Rugby series starts in two weeks' time - but then, against a better side there would've been more focus and better finishing.

There was some incisive running though, and on the few occasions that they had to the Lions defended solidly.

There was also some good inter-switching in the running, and good straightening of the line - but also a few occasions where a step less and a quicker off-load would have brought dividends. The handling also wasn't always secure.

It didn't help matters the visitors' when Lisandro Ahvalli was yellow-carded for repeated negative play, and Mitchell brought on eigth replacements just before the start of the last quarter.

The fresh players started off at a speed, but then structure and handling let them down.

However, after 66 minutes the score already stood at 75-19 following a 62nd minute run-away try against the run by Tucuman's centre Francisca Granata.

Their other points came from four penalties and a conversion by Esequiel Faralle.

Good news for the Lions was the sharpness of flyhalf Elton Jantjie in his first match which included 18 points from nine (some easy) conversions with only one miss.


Lions: Tries: Dries van Schalkwyk (2), James Kamana, Josh Strauss (2), Michael Killian (2), Waylon Murray, Jano Vermaak, Derick Minnie, Doppies la Grange, Lionel Mapoe. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (9), Burton Francis (2).

Tucuman: Try: Francisca Granata. Conversion: Esequiel Faralle Penalties : Faralle (4)


  • BardofAvon - 2011-02-09 22:07

    It will be interesting to see how the Circus Lions play against the Super 14 Champions of the World - the Mighty Bulls - on the 19th of February 2011 at Boswell Wilkie Park.

      henniedotvanstaden - 2011-02-09 23:09

      Let the game begin, like in the past, the Mighty Lions Have triumphed over the Bulls. But, when any of our teams play other than a South African team I support them, even the Bulls. May the best team win.

      BardofAvon - 2011-02-10 07:29

      @ henniedotvanstaden : Good comment!

      Vedder - 2011-02-10 10:23

      You Bulls are slowly starting to become Oupa's and are slowly leaving to finish off there careers with other clubs/provinces etc.Dont be to arrogant at this stage!!

      Mark - 2011-02-10 13:28

      The only clowns are at Loftus, wearing blue.

      supporter - 2011-02-10 16:08


  • Foxx - 2011-02-10 07:15

    Billy was at school this morning and the teacher asked all the?children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came out, fireman, policeman, salesman, chippy, captain of?industry etc, but Billy was being uncharacteristically quiet?and so the teacher asked him about his father.?"My father is an exotic dancer in a gay club and takes off all his?clothes in front of other men. Sometimes if the offer is really?good, he'll go out with a man, rent a cheap hotel room and let them?sleep with him."?The teacher quickly set the other children some work and took?little Billy aside to ask him if that was really true.?"No" said Billy, "He plays rugby for the Bulls but I was just too embarrased to say.

      BardofAvon - 2011-02-10 07:30

      Foxx - do you know any jokes that were made after 1980?

      sessisie - 2011-02-10 07:53

      This seriously sounds like sour grapes!

      WeZo - 2011-02-10 09:10

      thats funny dude! hahahaha

      chrisholtshausen - 2011-02-10 17:57


      BardofAvon - 2011-02-10 18:52

      Apologies, Foxx - it seems that your joke, although old to some, was well received.

  • MB1810 - 2011-02-10 08:40

    I know that it's still early days and pre season games are not always a true reflection of what happens in the Super 15, but I have faith in John Mitchell and it seems that his players has faith in him and I'm not pinning the Lions down for a play off spot, but they will cause some upsets this year!!

      Makutu - 2011-02-10 09:10

      Yup... Lets wish them all the best for the season ahead.

  • Dale - 2011-02-10 10:21

    Pfff ive read enough warm up game results. When they beat the Crusaders, Bulls, Waratahs and get to the semi-finals, then they can be considered good in my books. Until then, i'll wait and see before I comment :P

  • Dale - 2011-02-10 10:25

    I think South Africa were on the right track with Carlos Alberto Parreira, he really did an awesome job with the team in 2010. Unfortunately now the team seams to be going backward all over again. That's just my opinion anyway.

      Dale - 2011-02-10 10:28

      Oops, posted in wrong section ><

      BardofAvon - 2011-02-10 18:53

      That's okay Dale... you're amongst friends now.

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