SR: Lions 34(14),Rebels 17(10)

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The Rebels are hoping to end a three-match losing streak, while the Lions broke a two-month-long victory drought just before the June Test window.

There was no hiding the disappointment within the Rebels camp after succumbing to a third straight loss to an Australian conference rival in  Round 17, with a late try flattering the Rebels’ score – as the Reds comprehensively outplayed them to win 36-20 in Melbourne last Friday.

However, their disappointing run in recent games will not convince Lions coach Johan Ackermann that this will be an ‘easy’ game.

On the contrary, the wily Lions mentor believes the Australian outfit remains as dangerous as any side in the competition when they switch on.

Previous result:
2012: Lions won 37-32, Johannesburg


Lions: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen/Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lionel Mapoe.

Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Tamati Ellison,12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Colby Fainga’a, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa,17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Jason Woodward, 23 Telusa Veainu.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Johan Greeff

  25 comments for “SR: Lions 34(14),Rebels 17(10)

  1. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm
    Almost kick off…..go Lions!!!!!!!!
  2. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm
    Not too many people at Ellispark
  3. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    Volmink over from a long pass from Boshoff…..Lions lead 5-0
  4. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm
    Boshoff take the Lions to 8-0 with a penalty
  5. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm
    Rebels run the length of the field to score through English, Lions lead 8-7
  6. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    Boshoff extend Lions lead to 11-7
  7. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    Rebels with a penalty get the scores to one point….Lions lead 11-10
  8. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm
    Boshoff gets one of his own and Lions now lead 14-10
  9. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    Second half underway
  10. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    Rebels drive over from line out and get over the line for the first try of the second half…..Rebels lead now 17-14
  11. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm
    TRY!!!!!! Lions as almost all the players that had a hand in it…..great Lions try……..

    Lions now lead again 21-17

  12. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm
    Penalty Lions and Boshoff goes for points……Over!!!!! Lions lead now 24-17
  13. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    Boshoff with yet another penalty and Lions lead with 10 points 27-17
  14. avatar
    July 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm
    Warren score a captains try for the Lions……Lions lead extended to 34-17
  15. avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 12:10 am
    Six wins not so bad.
    I remember the year the Bulls had ZERO.
  16. avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 8:45 am
    And I remember the 3 years the Bulls won the trophy boertjie
  17. avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 10:07 am
    @Aldo: I Remember the Stormers….aaahh ….I have nothing…. :bangheadt:
  18. DavidS
    July 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

    For those who wonder if Boshoff can take the ball to the line and distribute I’d suggest watching the captain’s try and how he intentionally ran for contact, took two tackles to open a gap and then flipped off to let the skipper waltz through.

    Willie Britz…


    The whole Lions loose trio is based essentially on speed and being able to compete viciously at breakdowns…

  19. avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 10:32 am
    Bladdy good season all things considered – there’s bigger all big names in that lions squad – maybe Ackerman is a genius of iets? He was a damn good enforcer lock , they not known for what’s going on upstairs tho. Maybe it’s just a good old team spirit
  20. avatar
    July 5, 2014 at 10:45 am
    @DavidS: T this stage and on form I rate him in-front of Pollard in Bok mix….
  21. DavidS
    July 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm
    After the past weekend I have to agree with you.

    Looks like his Bok experience stood him in excellent stead… I am in two minds… one hopes we keep him and the other realises Meyer will not look at him until he plays for the Sharks, Stormers or Bulls…

  22. avatar
    July 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    “compete viciously at breakdowns”
    Should be the foremost – if not only – criteria for HM’s loose trio selection
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    July 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm



  24. avatar
    July 7, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Just want to come on here and congratulate the Lions team on their best season since they split from the Cats.

    6 wins so far with a potential one against the Cheetahs coming this week. I was very vocal at the start of the year thinking the Lions will have another wooden spoon effort, but they served me some humble pie with their performance.

    I must admit I enjoy watching them play as they seem to enjoy their rugby this year, something the Stormers also seem to be doing in the past few games.

    All-in-all a good season for the Lions, I trust they will hold on to their players for next year and continue the upward trend they have started this year.


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