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 5
Northampton vs Gloucester19:45
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 5
Ospreys vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Munster vs Edinburgh19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , August 30
La Rochelle vs Toulouse14:45
Castres vs BayonneCastres vs Bayonne Preview
Grenoble vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Brive18:30
Oyonnax vs Stade Francais18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulon20:45
Friday , September 5
Montpellier vs Castres20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , August 30
Griquas vs Cheetahs15:00
Blue Bulls vs Western ProvinceBlue Bulls vs Western Province Preview
Eastern Province Kings vs Lions19:10
Friday , September 5
Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , August 30
Southland vs Otago17:35
North Harbour vs WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Preview
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki vs Bay Of Plenty14:35
Auckland vs TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Preview
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Thursday , September 4
Otago vs Canterbury19:35
Friday , September 5
Tasman vs Waikato18:05
Northland vs Hawkes Bay20:05
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 29
Clermont Auvergne 20 - 21 MontpellierClermont Auvergne vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 32 - 22 SharksPumas vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Rugby Championship
Saturday , August 23
New Zealand 51 - 20 AustraliaNew Zealand vs Australia Report
Argentina 31 - 33 South AfricaArgentina vs South Africa Report
More Rugby Championship results
Top 14
Brive 6 - 21 Clermont AuvergneBrive vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 38 - 12 Oyonnax
Montpellier 20 - 17 GrenobleMontpellier vs Grenoble Report
Stade Francais 23 - 20 Lyon
Toulon 60 - 19 La Rochelle
Bordeaux-Begles 30 - 21 Racing Metro Paris
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province KingsBlue Bulls vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Sharks 19 - 16 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Western Province 27 - 14 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Northland 35 - 5 WellingtonNorthland vs Wellington Report
Counties Manukau 29 - 25 OtagoCounties Manukau vs Otago Report
More ITM Cup results
Top 14
Friday , August 22
Toulouse 35 - 6 CastresToulouse vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Pumas 33 - 15 GriquasPumas vs Griquas Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 27 - 58 CanterburyWaikato vs Canterbury Report
Hawkes Bay 29 - 26 TaranakiHawkes Bay vs Taranaki Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00