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Lions 45 vs Griquas 24

Lions get five points against Griquas

Griquas score four tries for a bonus point 

Griquas hasn't won a match at Ellis Park since 1991, and on Saturday it was no different, with the Lions running out 45-24 winners at Ellis Park, scoring six tries to four and the Lions earning the vital five log points from the match.

The Lions started well when Ryno Benjamin put pressure on the Griquas receiver of the kickoff, and managed to catch him in possession, with the rest of the forwards then helping to turn the ball over and attack the Griquas line. The Lions set up a number of phases but eventually conceded a penalty to let the chance slip.

Griquas scored the first try against the run of play after six minutes, this from a line-out on the Lions 22 meter line where they drove with the forwards and managed to cross the Lions try-line, with hooker Hansie van Dyk at the back of the maul scoring the try. Barnard missed the conversion from the touch line, but Griquas was in front 5-0 after 6 minutes.

5 minutes later the Lions hit back with a well worked try of their own, this from a line-out on the Griquas 22 meter line, the forwards split into 2 groups and when the 1st group won the ball, the second group drove it up, recycled it and returned it to the 1st group, who did the same, and when the ball came to the 2nd group again, instead of driving it up, Jacques Cronje passed it quickly to Grobbelaar, who was in space and gained valuable meters, and when he was tackled the ball came out on the Lions side very quick and that meant that the backline to the right had an overlap and space, the ball went through the hands and Wylie Human on the right wing jogged over for the try in the corner. Strydom converted and the Lions were in the lead for the 1st time, 7-5 the score.  

Bertus Smit replaced Mujati after just 17 minutes into the game, Mujati looking like he injured his right hand.

23 minutes into the 1st half the Lions extended their lead, when from broken play Wylie Human got heavily tackled on about the Griquas 22 meter line, but he managed to get the ball out to Doppies la Grange, who then passed to Louis Ludik, who broke the 1st tackle on him, and then just had the Fullback in front of him, easily beating him on the right and scoring under the poles, Strydom converting to make the score 14-5.

Just three minutes later it was try-time again for the Lions, the backline running with purpose deep inside Griquas 22, and the ball going from Strydom to La Grange who advanced to about 5 meters from the try-line, and then the ball came out to Grobbelaar on his inside who dived over for the try. Again Strydom converted, the score now 21-5.

5 minutes later Griquas had another line-out close to the Lions line, again they used the driving tactic, and again it worked for them, with the same result, hooker van Dyk again scoring the try, and again Barnard missed the conversion, the score now 21-10 for the Lions.

36 minutes into the 1st half the Lions were awarded a penalty just outside the Griquas 22 meter line for hands in the ruck, and Strydom kicked it over for the Lions to now lead 24-10.

Just before the break there was a crucial try from Griquas, where they had another line-out after a penalty on the Lions 22 meter line. This time the Lions managed to stop the maul, but the ball came out to the Griquas backline, and Conrad Barnard cleverly kicked a grubber that hit the right upright, and when it bounced back Barry Geel at inside centre for Griquas caught it and dived over for the third try for Griquas. This time Barnard also converted the easy kick, and the score was 24-17 for the Lions, also the halftime score.

Koch and Van Schalkwyk replaced Smit and Strydom at the start of the 2nd half, and with Koch being a flanker it meant uncontested scrums from here on.

3 minutes into the 2nd half Jaco Pretorius scored the 4th try for the Lions under the poles, this from a line-out that Anton Van Zyl stole on the Griquas 10 meter line, the Lions ran the turnover ball and Pretorius received the pass in space and ran in a great try. Vermaak converted this one to make the score 31-17 for the Lions.

Three minutes later Griquas were on the attack more or less on the halfway line, they knocked on the ball, grabbed by what looked like Franco van der Merwe, and when he was tackled passed to Jano Vermaak on about the halfway line, Vermaak darted for the left corner and managed to outsprint everyone for a try, which he also converted to put the Lions in a 38-17 lead.

16 minutes into the 2nd half Jannie Boshoff replaced Ryno Benjamin on the left wing. Griquas had another line-out on the Lions 22, again they mauled it up, and when the maul disintegrated, the ball went to Gareth Krause on the blind side, who dived over for a try in the corner. Barnard converted, the score 38-24 for the Lions.

24 minutes into the 2nd half Williamson replaced Wepener at Hooker for the Lions, and 4 minutes later Geo Cronje replaced Wilhelm Koch, and then 4 minutes later Freddie van Zyl replaced Geo.

38 minutes into the 2nd half Griquas were running everything at the Lions and on the Lions 22 meter line a ball was knocked on badly by Griquas, Doppies picked it up and when he was tackled passed to Jaco van Schalkwyk, who then found Jannie Boshoff on about the halfline, and Boshoff ran in the try from there, converted by Vermaak to make the score 45-24, also the final score, a big win for the Lions.         

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Wylie Human, Louis Ludik, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jaco Pretorius, Jano Vermaak, Jannie Boshoff     
Cons: Louis Strydom(3), Jano Vermaak(3)         
Louis Strydom    

For Griquas:
Hansie van Dyk(2), Barry Geel, Gareth Krause.            
Cons: Conrad Barnard(2)      

Yellow card: none
Red card: none 

Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Gavin Williamson, 17 Bertus Smit, 18 Geo Cronje, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Freddie van Zyl, 21 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 22 Jannie Boshoff.

Griquas: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Baldwin McBean, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Barry Geel, 11. MJ Mentz, 10. Conrad Barnard, 9. Tertius Carse(c), 8. Heinrich Stride, 7. Frans Viljoen, 6. Jacques Burger, 5. Johannes Britz, 4. Evan Botha, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Hansie van Dyk, 1. Regardt Dreyer.
Replacements: 16. Dirk Louw, 17. Jacobus Roux, 18. Wayne van Heerden, 19. Gareth Krause, 20. Wietz Botes, 21. Lafras Uys, 22. Tiger Mangweni.  

Referee: Deon van Blommestein (SARU) 
Touch judges: Christie du Preez (SARU) and Stuart Berry (Sharks)
TV Match Official:
Michael Cupido (Lions)

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