SR: Chiefs 38, Lions 8


Neither team has any form to speak of, with the Chiefs managed just one win in the last six weeks and the Lions nothing in the victory column in the same period.

However, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie put it succinctly when said they remain in control of their own destiny. “This is a defining match for us,” Rennie said.

“We have boxed ourselves into a corner with recent results and now we need to come out fighting.”

Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who has been careful not to overstate his team’s early-season success or create too much expectation of his inexperienced outfit, admitted they could be on the wrong end of a big backlash.

“Our luck hasn’t changed much,” Ackermann said, adding: “We hit the Bulls after three losses, so they were quite desperate. Then we went down to the Stormers and they were under the cosh and media pressure. The same with the Crusaders going to South Africa – they were under the pump. “We have just seen the media reports that the Chiefs are under pressure after losing a few games in a row now, and they have made it quite clear that they want to put things right in Hamilton.

“It does not come tougher than playing the defending champions at home, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Recent results:
2012: Chiefs won 34-21, Pukekohe
2011: Chiefs won 34-30, Johannesburg
2010: Chiefs won 72-65, Johannesburg
2009: Chiefs won 36-29, Hamilton
2008: Lions won 33-27, Johannesburg
2007: Chiefs won 34-7, Hamilton


Chiefs: 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Lowe, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Mike Fitzgerald, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 Andrew Horrell.

Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Jacobus Jonker.
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

  43 comments for “SR: Chiefs 38, Lions 8

  1. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:19 am
    All will be hoping but many will expect that the Chiefs will hammer the Lions this morning
  2. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:37 am
    Lions with a good start with a drive from the lineout
  3. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:40 am
    Stupid play from Lions as they run from within their 22 and lose the ball to the Chiefs and Chiefs over the line…..

    TMO to check…but it does not look like a try….22 kickout…

    Lions gets a lifeline

  4. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:42 am
    Lions straight through the gap with Lionel…..and force a 5 meter scrum for the Lions….
  5. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:44 am
    Lions scrum looks good as they push the Chiefs off the ball and win the penalty
  6. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:46 am
    Jantjies with the first change for points…..

    OVER!!!!! Lions lead 3-0

  7. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:48 am
    Lions attack from deep straight from kick off……beautiful running from Lions……Lions eventually kick and Chiefs kick down field with the Lions that kick out for lineout
  8. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:50 am
    Chiefs again with this illegal tactic of running past the rucks and taking players away and out of play, when will referees start seeing this???
  9. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:52 am
    Chief Players are playing the defenders off the ball taking them out of the game illegally creating gaps for them to attack.
    Come on Pillock gets some balls.
  10. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:52 am
    Botha off and Boshoff is on the field, Botha looks like he needs the ding dong test…..

    Lions with penalty kick for points….
    Elton miss ….

  11. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:53 am
    They are also in front of ball at kick offs
  12. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:54 am
    and offside too, last mans feet?
  13. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:54 am
    Lions needs to straighten up their running….they are just running to the side….
  14. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:55 am
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: Playing in NZ with NZ ref…says it all
  15. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 9:56 am
    How many chances do you give Jantjies…
  16. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:01 am
    Missed knock on by Chiefs at the ruck by tackled player placing the ball
  17. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:01 am
    TRY !!!!! CHIEFS!!!!!

    Gareth Anscombe with the try as they go through some phases…

    Chiefs lead 7-3

  18. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:01 am
    Poor reffing
  19. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:03 am
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: BEE so as many as he wants
  20. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:05 am
    Chiefs with a penalty for a high shot and they go for points….

    Anscombe misses and the scores stay 7-3 to the Chiefs

  21. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Offside its a scrum pretty obvious playing a player in front of the ball
  22. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Chiefs with a turnover ball and Harris goes over in the corner……TMO getting involved…..

    Obstruction by Chiefs and no try…..Lions gets penalty

  23. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:10 am
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: Funny how NZ commentators do not think it was offsides
  24. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:11 am
    sorry ruck
  25. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:12 am
    Jees Whitely is smart….

    They are better than aussies commentators

  26. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:14 am
  27. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:15 am
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  28. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:15 am
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: They are offsides at almost every ruck
  29. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:16 am
  30. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:17 am
    Obstruction again
  31. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:18 am
    He is in front of the ball playing players does
  32. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:20 am
    TMO happy with both smile I just give up
  33. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:23 am
    Clear forward from player on the ground….
  34. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:23 am
    if you are not part of the ruck then you are offsides if you are not bound or behind the last feet?
  35. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:23 am
    Just Bullshit!!!!
  36. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:26 am
    If you are in front of the player who has the ball you CANNOT PLAY DEFENDERS.
    Time to switch off…wasting time again with Supershit.
  37. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:36 am
    Here we go for the second half
  38. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:41 am
    And still Chiefs coming from the side of the ruck and taking players our off the ball and referee does not see it…

    Chiefs put the phases together and again get over the line for their fourth try….

    Chiefs now lead 26-3

  39. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:45 am
    Lions strike for their first try as Courtnall Skosan goes over in the corner…..this came off a turn over of a set piece….

    Chiefs lead 26-8

  40. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 10:49 am
    Boshoff mess up with kick down field and Chiefs gets a penalty for holding on…..Chiefs goes for lineout 5 meters out….

    Lions brilliant to keep the Chiefs maul out and up for turnover scrum…

  41. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 11:18 am
    Chiefs running away with this now with two quick tries….

    Chiefs lead…..38-8

  42. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 11:21 am
    That’s game Chiefs beat Lions 38-8…Lions lose the first tour game…
  43. avatar
    May 3, 2014 at 11:31 am
    Bugger…well 17 of them had not been to Aotearoa before, lucky them.
    Cant help think that a lot of these sides when you take out the blockers are pretty ordinary. Taking out 3 defenders at the ruck who are not bound or taking up the space so you can steal the pill.

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