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Lions 74 Pumas 15

Lions win big at home

Pumas unable to stop Lions try-fest

The Lions got their season back on track with a 74-15 win over the Pumas at Ellis Park on Saturday, moving up to 6th place on the Currie Cup log but more importantly, scoring eleven tries to two and looking like a team that has turned the corner in the season after some poor performances earlier in the season.

The Pumas started well when they turned the ball over that was fielded by Jaco van Schalkwyk from the kick-off, Fullback Arno Coetzee dropped over for the 3 points.

The Lions hit right back when we found acres of space in the Pumas 22 meter area, the pass went inside to Jano Vermaak who dotted down under the posts untouched. Pretorius converted for the Lions to take a 7-3 lead.

7 minutes into the game the Lions scored another try, this time from a ball stoeln at the breakdown by captain Wikus van Heerden close to the Puma try-line, the ball went left down the line, Pretorius passed inside to Van Schalwyk who made good ground, and then in the tackle he passed back to Pretorius on his outside who dived over for the try. He converted his own try to make the score 14-3 for the Lions.

The Lions had a great chance to score their third, with Pretorius intercepting in his own 22 meter area, he ran it out but got caught just inside the Puma half, where he passed to Reynecke in space, but the hooker dropped the ball. The Lions got a penalty from the scrum, which was converted into points by Pretorius.

Another scoring opportunity went begging in another great move from Pretorius, he passed to Doppies on his inside on his own ten meter line, Doppies beat some poor tackles and on the Pumas 10 meter line he passed to Vermaak, running to the left and finding space, but he had little support with him and decided to kick a grubber to the left corner, it was chased by Ludik but the ball went dead for a Puma restart at their 22.

18 minutes into the game the Lions got their third, Rose received the ball in space on the Pumas 10 meter line, with Daniels on his right. He made sure that he put Daniels in space on the Pumas 22 meter line, and Daniels bumped off the defender and powered over for the try in the right corner. Pretorius missed the difficult conversion.

24 minutes into the game the Lions got their bonus point try, great play from the whole team, it started where Cobus Grobler stole a Puma line-out on the Lions 22, the ball got to Pretorius deep inside his 22, and instead of kicking the ball, he saw that he had an overlap to his left and threw a long pass to Earl Rose, who ran the ball up all the way to the Pumas 22, where he passed to Jaco van Schalkwyk on his left, he ran in the try under the poles, and it was converted by Pretorius, the Lions now leading 29-3.

Another try should have been scored 4 minutes later, Pretorius had a clean break from his own 22, and on the Pumas 22 he had just the Fullback to beat and Daniels on his right, he passed to Daniels but the pass was behind Daniels and the chance was lost.

Heinke van der Merwe got a great forward try in the 31st minute, powering over with his pack driving him over the line. Pretorius converted to make it 36-3 for the Lions.

Bokkie Swanepoel scored the Pumas first try 36 minutes into the game, this from a Puma line-out 5 meters from the Lions line after a penalty was kicked into touch by the Pumas. The Pumas did the trick where the ball goes straight back to the hooker, and he passed back again to Swanepoel, who dived over for the try. Coetzee converted, the Lions lead 36-10.

The Lions got another chance before halftime when they kicked a penalty for the corner, from the line-out the ball got to Pretorius, who just kicked a grubber and with no Puma defenders in sight, Jaco van Schalkwyk just fell on the ball for his second try. Pretorius converted to make the score 43-10 for the Lions, which was also the halftime score.

The Lions made four changes at the break, Grobbelaar for Bernard, Muller for Smit, Jaco Pretorius for Jaco van Schalkwyk and Kockott for Vermaak.

3 minutes into the 2nd half Jaco Pretorius celebrated his return from injury with a try in the right corner. Pretorius missed the conversion, the Lions lead 48-10.

Kockott got the 50 on the board with a try in the right hand corner, Pretorius missed the conversion from the touchline, but the score was now 53-10 for the Lions. Jean Deysel then came on for Cobus Grobler, who seemed to have injured his ankle.

Sam Gerber scored an easy intercept try not converted by Coetzee. Score 53-15 for the Lions. Esterhuizen came on for Ludik at this stage, as well as James van der Walt for Reynecke.

From a ruck deep in the 22 of the Pumas Kockott passed to van Zyl on his left, he broke through a couple of weak tackles to dot down, and Pretorius converted. The score now 60-15.

Just a minute later, in the 27th minute, Earl Rose ran straight through the middle, but was tackled short of the line, he passed to a supporting Lions player, who passed to Esterhuizen to score. Pretorius kicked the conversion to take the score up to 67-15.

in the 36th minute, James van der Walt scored a great try, running at least thirty meters and diving over in the right corner. This time Pretorius got the difficult conversion, the score now 74-15, and that was also the final score.             

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Jano Vermaak, Andre Pretorius, John Daniels, Jaco van Schalkwyk(2), Heinke van der Merwe, Jaco Pretorius, Rory Kockott, Anton van Zyl, Grant Esterhuizen, James van der Walt   
Andre Pretorius(8)  
Andre Pretorius    

For the Pumas:
Bokkie Swanepoel, Sam Gerber     
Cons: Arno Coetzee 1
Arno Coetzee 1   

Yellow card: none
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 John Daniels, 13 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Wikus van Heerden(capt), 6 Roland Bernard, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Ethienne Reynecke, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 James van der Walt, 17 Gert Muller, 18 Jean Deysel, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Rory Kockett, 21 Grant Esterhuizen, 22 Jaco Pretorius.

Pumas: 15. Arno Coetzee, 14. Sasha Marot, 13. Sam Gerber, 12. Hendrik Meyer, 11. Hyron Thysse, 10. Pieter Benade, 9. Ashieq Wise(Capt), 8. Danzel Manuel, 7. Jonathan van der Schyff, 6. Paul Schreuder, 5. Jacques Lombaard, 4. Bokkie Swanepoel, 3. Hakkies Swart, 2. Morne Kruger, 1. Simon-Peter Blakeley.
Replacements: 16. Ashton Constant, 17. Barend van der Walt, 18. Stephan Gerber, 19. Riaan van der Merwe, 20. Neil Cole, 21. Quintin van Tonder, 22. BC du Plessis

Referee: JC Fortuin
Touch judges: Chris du Preez (Eastern Province) & Andries Selemela (Leopards) 
TV Match Official: None, game not televised.

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