Planet Rugby

Lions' surge continues

02nd September 2011 20:01

Share:

Lions v Pumas

Made to work: Jaco Taute takes on his opposite number MJ Mentz

The Lions bagged an important bonus point in injury time to sew up a 34-20 Currie Cup win over the Pumas on Friday.

The win takes the tournament leaders ten points ahead of second-placed Western Province on the standings, edging them closer to a home semi-final.

The Lions were on the board in the 10th minute when full-back Jaco Taute regathered his chip ahead on the counter-attack before putting wing Michael Killian away for a superb try under the sticks.

Elton Jantjies converted and the Lions were looking good 7-0 ahead. However, the same couldn't be said of wing cum centre Lionel Mapoe who was forced off the field with a dislocated elbow, which will no doubt spell the end of his season.

And to rub further salt into the Lions' wounds, Pumas pivot Coenie van Wyk slotted over a penalty to put his team on the scoreboard.

His opposite number stretched the Lions' lead back to seven points with another well-struck three-pointer, and Jantjies was on hand once again to convert Michael Rhodes' try after the flank burst through two would-be Pumas' tacklers for a splendid touchdown.

Van Wyk raised the flags again to take the scores to 17-6 in favour of the visitors, but Jantjies replied immediately with his second successful penalty attempt to make it a fourteen-point ball game.

The Lions were over the line for try number three after Taute emerged from a pile of bodies with ball in hand following a powerful surge to the Pumas' tryline by the visiting forwards.

Once again Jantjies added the extras that took his team into a comfortable 27-6 half-time lead, with victory and a bonus point in sight.

Or so it seemed...

The hosts were far more threatening in the second stanza, and looked to be more settled on attack.

They would have been rewarded early in the second half but flanker Jaco Bouwer lost the ball forward going over the line.

Pumas skipper Corne Steenkamp made sure, however, seven minutes later when he dived over on the left - dislocating his finger in the process - with Van Wyk converting a tough kick to close the gap to 27-13.

With five minutes remaining on the clock, Pumas full-back MJ Mentz finished off a marvellous piece of team work to storm over, and Van Wyk converted, narrowing the gap to within seven points.

The Lions, however, picked up the bonus point when replacement lock Johan Snyman went over, and Jantjies added another conversion to seal the victory.

The Pumas, who had a bonus point snatched away in front of a lively home crowd, remain the only team in the competition without a win.

The scorers:

For Pumas:
Tries: Steenkamp, Mentz
Cons: Van Wyk 2
Pens: Van Wyk 2

For Lions:
Tries: Killian, Rhodes, Taute, Snyman
Cons: Jantjies 4
Pens: Jantjies 2

Pumas: 15 MJ Mentz, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 Wilhelm Looch, 10 Coenie van Wyk, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (c), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Rudi Matthee, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Marthinus van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Reginald Kember, 20 Martin Sithole, 21 Tiaan Marx, 22 Johan Jackson.

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley/Joshua Strauss, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Joshua Strauss, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Doppies La Grange, 22 Burton Francis.

Referee: Jason Jaftha

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs Toulon18:00
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland vs Tasman19:35
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs Taranaki19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26