DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions (Result)



The Lions earned a hard-fought 16-29 victory over the Stormers at Newlands in Super Rugby on Saturday.

The result means the Lions usurp the Stormers at the top of the South African group and deservedly so after an excellent opening 40 minutes.

This was truly a game of two halves. The Lions enjoyed all the possession and territory in the opening 40 minutes, but in the second half it was the Stormers who came out with renewed fire and put the Lions under the cosh.

But the Lions responded with an absolutely terrific defensive effort late on, keeping the Stormers at bay.

After Stormers scrum-half Jano Vermaak was penalised for a tip-tackle just after the match got under underway, the Lions kicked for touch from the resulting penalty.

From the lineout, the Lions secured possession, before going on a powerful driving maul from which prop Malcolm Marx barged over to make it 5-0 to the Lions.

Two minutes later Lions’ star centre Rohan Janse Van Rensburg went down with what looked like a serious knee injury and was replaced by Harold Vorster in the fifth minute, in what could prove to be undoubtedly a serious blow for the Lions.

The Stormers had early lineout struggles, with hooker Bongi Mbonambi struggling to find his jumpers. Despite this, they responded in emphatic fashion with Dillon Lleyds once again proving his class.

A move which started in their own half and including great hands from the back three was finished off in trademark clinical style by Lleyds in the 10th minute, who is now becoming a firm fans’ favourite. Robert Du Preez slotted the conversion from the corner to make it 7-5 to the Stormers.

This lead lasted less than a couple of minutes before Vorster burst through the Stormers’ defensive line to
dot down in the 13th minute. Elton Jantjies slotted the conversion to make it 12-7 to the Lions.

But despite the Lions dominating possession and enjoying territorial advantage, the Stormers still managed to stay in touch when Robert du Preez slotted an easy penalty to reduce the deficit to two.

Jaco Kriel was then yellow carded in the 25th minute after a late tackle on Du Preez as the fly-half was readying himself to kick. Contact was made with the head area and Kriel could have no complaints.

While Du Preez was receiving attention, SP Marais slotted the resulting penalty between the posts to give the Stormers a 13-12 lead.

However, this lead was short-lived, as Kriel bundled over in the 27th minute for the Lions after the visitors went through numerous phases after some stoic defence by the Stormers.

One wonders how TMO Shaun Veldsman said he had ‘compelling evidence’ that the ball had been grounded when it looked as if the ball had been held up.

Jansen slotted the conversion and the sides went into the interval with the Lions leading 22-13.

After the resumption of the second half, the Stormers were really putting the pressure on the Lions, camping on their try-line for a good ten minutes but were unable to finish. This was mainly due to an incredible Lions defensive effort. Tempers started boiling over especially from the Stormers, with Eben Etzebeth at the forefront of the scuffle.

The second half consisted of one Stormers attack after another, as Robbie Fleck’s men came out with renewed vigour.

But the Lions responded with a terrific defensive effort, with the Stormers literally camped on their touchline for the first fifteen minutes of the second half.

Finally, the Stormers got points on the board, when SP Marais slotted a penalty from 47 yards out to make it 16-22 in the 70th minute to set up a thrilling finale.

However, the Stormers’ glimpse of getting something out of the game was extinguished when the Lions went over for a try in the 72nd minute when speedster Sylvian Mahuza went over in the corner after brilliant team play.

Jantjies converted to make it 29-16 to the Lions and that’s how it ended as the Lions snapped the Stormers’ unbeaten home record this year.

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Try: Lleyds
Con: Du Preez
Pens: Du Preez, Marais 2

For Lions:
Tries: Marx, Vorster, Kriel, Mahuza
Cons: Jantjies 3
Pen: Jantjies
Yellow Cards: Kriel

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20 Comments on DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions (Result)

  1. The whole week

    “Stormers new attacking flair under Fleck”

    “Maak die Stormers almal Bokke”

    “Stormers by 5 to 8”

    Four tries to one

    Sprinbok front row PWNEd

    Springbok locks PWNED

    Springbok loose forwards PWNEd

    Despite Peyper desciding a tip tackle is not a yellow card or a double neck and no arms tackle are just a penalty despite the player being concussed!

    Cheating fuck.

    The number of times Lions players got taken around the neck by that Nizaam Carr Cape Flats scumbucket probably should have seen the Stormers with at least a red card.

    Peyper’s only decent refereeing was scrums.

    His handling of breakdowns was as fuzzy as a Hamleys Teddy bear on its first night in the orphanage. Oh and of course useless Eben punching Roan Ackermann and getting away with it…

    Geez this is what it feels like playing against New Zealand for any team!

    Same as his handling of tackles.

    And of course the teflon Stormers tacklers who did no wrong.

    I’m afraid the Stormers are going to spend many minutes in NZ with 13 or 14 players due to their scumbucket dirtbag players.

  2. Last week after the Chiefs game
    Supersport commentator: So Robbie (Fleck) are you ready for the Lions next week?
    Robbie Fleck: Who are the Lions?

    Ek aanvaar hy fokken weet nou baie mooi wie die Lions is…

    Sy span gaan nog vir weke flashbacks kry as hulle rooi sien… sommige gaan weens PTSD hulle manties onwillekeurig nat pis as hulle net die rooi in die DHL logo sien!

  3. Calm down guys – this is supposed to be a rugby site. We all have our favourite sides but to dish out all this hatred when your side wins or loses is pathetic. Get a grip of yourselves and if you can’t comment without the vitriol keep it to yourself. The rest of us sure as hell don’t want to hear it.

    Back to rugby, haven’t seen the game yet but this was not the sendoff the Stormers needed. We all know from last year the Lions are a quality side. Did the Stormers underestimate them or was last week’s champagne rugby v the Chiefs a bridge too far? I cannot imagine a harder tour than the Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes who are all at the top of their game. See you guys in Christchurch this weekend. All the best – you are coming to a country where rugby is a religion. They play it hard but the guys know how to respect the opposition. Embrace the opportunity to play against quality opposition and enjoy touring here. The country has received a month’s rain in a week in many places from the tailend of Cyclone Cook but the forecast is dry right through to when the Crusaders take the field at AMI Stadium this weekend. drinks

  4. @out wide: Agree…leave this crap….

    Also have not seen the match but predicted a 10 point win for Lions, Stormers always struggle to get two big wins

    Even Nick said last week for any team to have such a huge win over the Chiefs as the Stormers did, it will be hard to have the same intensity the next week.

    Well done to the Lions, they have been getting better each week after a slow start.
    We are in week 8 and still allot to go before we get to play-offs.

    What I did see from Stormers this year is that they learn from their bad games and sure Fleck will take this loss and work with the guys.

    With the other SA teams as kak as they are we need the Stormers and Lions to keep getting better and win

  5. @DavidS:

    Jis David, who on this site went on all week about a Stormers win over the Lions? I think we all were optimistically cautious that the Stormers will perform better than last year, no one in their right mind thinks the Stormers are even close to the finished article.

    Are they getting better, hell yes, they are definitely on an upward curve and long may it continue.

    Just for the record, I do find your insults disappointing though, this is a rugby site where everyone should be entitled to their own opinion.

  6. Drol is so dom soos modder – no use arguing with him and hande-viervoet. Lion fans going the same way as Bulls fans – whole country will despise them.

  7. @Bekke:

    Neeehhhh… not about fans… I like Morne, Bunny, Craven but in your case I’d make an exception…

    Doesn’t matter who either of us support you’re still more vomit inducing than Venus Rosales’ hairy snatchsquatch…


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