2019 Lions Super Rugby Preview
February 23, 2019 - The match was played in Cape Town on Saturday 23 February 2019, and kicked off at 17:15pm SA Time.
The Lions dominated posession and territory in the first half and should have had a bigger lead at the break than the 14-6 that they were leading with, and then in the second half the Lions were poor and the Stormers managed to grab the win with a try scored in the 86th minute by replacement Scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies to win 19-17.
Kwagga Smith scored the first try in the 5th minute of the match when a quick ball from the Lions went to the right and Kwagga powered his way through a couple of tackles to score a five pointer. Jantjies converted to make it 7-0 for the Lions.
SP Marais then kicked a penalty to make it 7-3, before captain Warren Whiteley scored another try for the Lions from close range with a pick and go from a ruck on the Stormers try-line. Jantjies again added the conversion to make it 14-4 for the Lions.
In the 28th minute SP Marais kicked his second penalty of the afternoon to make it 14-6, also the halftime score.
In the 50th minute SP Marais kicked a 3rd penalty to make it 14-9, and another in the 60th minute to make it 14-12, but Elton Jantjies responsed with a Lions penalty just 3 minutes late to make it 17-12 for the Lions.
The Stormers then took control of the match with the Lions discipline failing them, and in the 86th minute Herschel Jantjies scored under the poles with SP Marais adding the conversion to give the Stormers a 19-17 win.
Referee: Egon Seconds
AR1: Divan Uys
AR2: Aimee Barrat-Theron
TMO: Christie du Preez
Stormers: 15. Damian Willemse, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Ruhan Nel, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. SP Marais, 10. Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi (Capt.), 5. JD Schickerling, 4. Chris van Zyl, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Eben Etzebeth, 20. Jaco Coetzee, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Joshua Stander, 23. Dan du Plessis.
Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee; 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Courtnall Skosan; 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom; 8. Warren Whiteley (Capt.), 7. Kwagga Smith, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Marvin Orie, 3. Carlu Sadie, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16. Pieter Jansen, 17. Sti Sithole, 18. Jacobie Adriaanse, 19. Rhyno Herbst, 20. Hacjivah Dayimani, 21. Gianni Lombard, 22. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23. Sylvian Mahuza.
Stormers: 19 (6): Tries: Herschel Jantjies. Conversions: SP Marais (1). Penalties: SP Marais (4).
Lions: 17 (14): Tries: Kwagga Smith, Warren Whiteley. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalties: Elton Jantjies (1).