Planet Rugby

Lions end on a low note

08th October 2010 20:46

Share:

Corne Steenkamp pumas

Pumas: Sign off in style

The Lions ended their 2010 Currie Cup with a demoralising defeat to the Pumas, who claimed their first major scalp away from home this year thanks to a well-earned 34-27 win at Coca-Cola Park on Friday.

After the teams had retreated to the half-time sheds at 17-all, the Pumas returned to the 'Lions Den' to tame the opposition with two spectacular second-half tries towards the end of a thrilling match to crown their victory effort.

The five-try victory was worth five points to the Pumas while the Lions, with four tries, picked up two.

Straight from the kick-off, the visiting Pumas wasted no time in taking the game to the Lions, who seemed somewhat perplexed with their opponents' spirited display.

The Pumas' show of enterprise in the opening ten minutes may have been worth as many points but instead they came away with five, courtesy of a Corné Steenkamp try (5-0).

During this passage of play, Pumas fly-half Elgar Watts missed a penalty and a conversion.

The Lions needed some 15 minutes to see off the Pumas opening burst and scrum-half Jano Vermaak led the charge before centre Waylon Murray supplied a scoring pass for flanker Derick Minnie to dot down for an unconverted try (5-5).

In the 21st minute the Lions snatched the lead with an unconverted try through wing Jannie Boshoff but their slender 10-5 lead disappeared four minutes later when the Pumas scored twice in quick succession through centre Shaun Venter and Steenkamp, one of which was converted by Watts (17-10).

Four minutes ahead of the break, Steenkamp was yellow carded for repeated infringements and the Lions' exploited the position two minutes later with a try by Murray. This time Jantjies was on target with the conversion attempt to round off the first-half scoring at 17-all.

The Pumas returned in the second half looking to regain the initiative but the Lions absorbed the pressure before they created a turnover which led to a converted try by their number eight Warren Whitely to open up a seven-point lead (24-17). In the process the Lions picked up a bonus point.

Just as the match approached the hour mark, both sides managed to tighten up their defences and excellent scoring attempts were stifled at either end of the field. Instead the scoreboard was kept ticking over with a penalty each by Jantjies and Watts (27-20).

But just when it looked like the Lions were finally starting to impose themselves on the match the Pumas turned the match on its head in the final 11 minutes of play with tries by scrum-half Hendrik van der Nest and full-back Johan Jackson.

Watts converted splendidly on both occasions from the touchline for a 34-27 match-winning lead.

The scorers:

For Lions:
Tries: Minnie, Van Rensburg, Murray, Whiteley
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pen: Jantjies

For Pumas:
Tries: Steenkamp 2, Venter, Van der Nest, Jackson
Cons: Watts 3
Pens: Watts

Yellow card: Corné Steenkamp (Pumas, 37th minute)

Lions: 15 Burton Francis, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Deon Van Rensburg, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Van der Merwe (c), 4 Trevor Hall, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Wayne Swart, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 JP Joubert, 20 Wandile Mjekevu, 21 Renaldo Bothma, 22 Pieter Engelbrecht.

Pumas: 15 Johan Jackson, 14 Wynand Willis, 13 Shaun Venter, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 Allister Kettledas, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Hendrik van der Nest, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Eduan van der Walt, 6 Corné Steenkamp, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Luan Velthuizen, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Hannes Franklin (captain), 1 Ronnie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 Dawie Steyn, 18 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 19 Willem Serfontein, 20 Jaco Bouwer, 21 Ricardo Croy, 22 Carl Bezuidenhout.

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Preview
Newcastle vs SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Preview
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058