Cape Town - The Hurricanes convincingly beat the Lions 50-17 in their Super Rugby encounter at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
As it happened: Lions 17-50 Hurricanes
The Lions suffered their third loss of the season when they
came up short against the Hurricanes.
Despite a late spirited fight back from the hosts, the flamboyant
attacking flair of the visitors was too much for the side from
The 'Canes outscored the home side by seven tries to three with the
accurate boot of Beauden Barrett, including six conversions and a
penalty, adding to the woes of a shocking defensive effort from the
The Hurricanes effected turnovers aplenty and in critical parts of the field
as well and this was compounded by the poor defence of the home side
Five tries in the first half for the Hurricanes courtesy of Julian
Savea, Matt Proctor, a brace from Cory Jane and one from Reg Goodes
helped the visitors to a comfortable win.
A solo try from Akker van der Merwe was the only try for the home
side in the first half as the players headed into the locker rooms with
the scoreboard on 36-5 to the visitors.
Some slick handling and interpassing between the New Zealanders from
broken play allowed them to get the first try, in sublime fashion they
kept the ball alive via captain Dane Coles and Ardie Savea allowing
wing Savea to dot down.
The visitors scored their second in quick succession when Proctor
read the Lions attack brilliantly, gifting him the opportunity to
intercept a Warren Whiteley pass that was intended for Elton Jantjies.
Barrett converted his second of the match making the score 14-0.
The 'Canes effected turnovers aplenty and in critical parts of the
field as well and this was compounded by the poor defence of the home
side, which saw Jane add their third try as the match approached the 20
minute mark, Barrett added the extras and the visitors had a healthy
Lions hooker Van der Merwe collected the ball at the back of a
rampant maul as the Lions powered their way over the line for their
first try of the match and the only points for the Lions in the first
Just as the Johannesburg outfit were looking to get back into the
match the visitors' sterling defence paid off once again as an intercept
handed Jane his second of the match, Barrett adding an easy conversion
to make the score 31-5.
The scoring wasn't over for the Hurricanes as South African-born prop
Goodes added the visitors' fifth try right before half-time, Barrett
missing the conversion from a difficult angle.
The Lions added their second try after an excellent display of skill
from wing Ruan Combrinck when he flicked a Faf de Klerk chip-kick back
in field that was gathered by Lionel Mapoe and the outside centre dotted
down. Jantjies converted and reduced the lead to 36-12.
The defence of the 'Canes allowed for yet another crucial turnover on
their try line, just as the Lions attack showed glimpses of promise the
visitors muscle at the breakdown unmatched. The home side did however
manage to break the Hurricanes' strong defensive line which allowed Jaco
Kriel to crash over in the corner, the subsequent conversion was
It took the Wellington side 26 minutes in the second half to add
their first points, some brilliant side-stepping skills from Coles as he
evaded the Lions' defence before offloading to Vince Aso and Barrett
added the extras taking the score to 43-17.
Moments later Julian Savea added his second score, taking the game
well out of the home side's reach, as the lead was stretched to the game
ending score of 50-17.
van der Merwe, Mapoe, Kriel
J Savea 2, Proctor, Jane 2, Goodes, Aso
15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 JW Bell, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reg Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 James Marshall, 23 Willis Halaholo