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Lions 30 vs Hurricanes 7

Lions crush Hurricanes

Hurricanes looked ineffective, even with their returning All Blacks

The Lions have bounced back from two heavy defeats on their Super 14 tour against the Hurricanes in spectacular fashion at Ellis Park, trouncing the visitors 30-7.

The home team came out firing from the first minute, displaying the urgency and skill that earned them four back-to-back victories earlier in the series and placing the Hurricanes under immense pressure with their tenacious defence.

Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius - who again showed why he is regarded as one of the top flyhalves in SA with his accurate tactical and goal kicking - opened up the home team's account with a penalty in the fourth minute, which appeared to put wind in the Lions' sail. The player increased his individual tally to 12 points in the first half, compliments of the Hurricanes' indiscipline.

Lions hooker Ethienne Reynecke scored the only try of the half in the 26thminute, shortly after reconditioned All Black lock Jason Eaton - one of five New National players who graced the team with their presence -received the marching orders for collapsing a maul five metres from their try line.

The visitors', however, were their own worst enemies, as they committed one handling error after the other and allowed the Lions to break their defensive lines several times and gain valuable yards.

The Hurricanes salvaged some pride in the final minute of the second quarter when All Black scrumhalf Piri Weepu broke through three tackles and darted the ball down over the try line, reducing their points' deficit to only 10 points going into the break.

But unfortunately for the visitors, their bad handling continued to let them down in the second half, costing them a few possible chances to close in on the home team.

Pretorius continued to stamp his authority in the second half, slotting over an early penalty and a drop goal. He followed this up later in the game with a stunning grubber, which resulted in a superb try for centre Jaque Fourie.

This try extended the Lions' lead to 30-7 with ten minutes to go.

The Hurricanes hit back hard in the dying minutes of the clash. But it was a case of too little too late for the visitors'.

(Match report from News 24)

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Ethienne Reynecke, Jaque Fourie
Cons: Andre Pretorius(1)      
Andre Pretorius(5) 
Drops: Andre Pretorius(1)       

For the Hurricanes:
Piri Weepu      
Cons: Blair Stewart 

Yellow card: Jason Eaton
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jaco Pretorius, 11 Jannie Boshoff, 10 Andre Pretorius(c), 9 Enrico Januarie, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Ethienne Reynecke, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Brian Mujati, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Wylie Human, 22 Louis Strydom.

Hurricanes: 15. Cory Jane, 14. Lome Fa'atau, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Tana Umaga, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Blair Stewart, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Rodney So'oialo, 7. Chris Masoe, 6. Jerry Collins, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Paul Tito, 3. Neemia Tialata, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. Anthony Perenise, 18. Brad Mika, 19. Luke Andrews , 20. Serge Lilo, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Tamati Ellison.  

Referee: Matt Goddard (Aus) 
Touch judges: Nathan Pearce (Aus) and Gareth Lloyd-Jones (SA)
TV Match Official:
Shaun Veldsman (SA)

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