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Lions 57 (24) vs Boland 17 (10)

Lions get second win in 2008 Currie Cup

Boland simply outclassed in this match

The Lions beat Boland 57-17 at Ellis Park on Saturday, scoring eight tries to two in a match where they simply outclassed the opposition. They scored 5 points from the match, taking them to 11 points on the log and second on the log before the other matches of Saturday.

Pre-match news, Franco van der Merwe will not start, instead Justin Wheeler gets his first start after his debut from the bench last weekend, and Francois Uys will be on the bench.

There was an early scare for the Lions in the first minute of the game, when Jano Vermaak kicked an up-and-under from the base of a scrum, Louis Ludik followed the kick and challenged the catcher in the air, and came down heavily and looked like he might have injured himself, but luckily after some water got up and took his place.

The match started a bit slow, with both teams guilty of kicking too much ball away, and it was only in the 5th minute when the Lions were awarded a penalty that there was a scoring chance, but Rose missed the penalty to the right. It was from about the Boland 10 meter line.

About a minute later Boland got a penalty on the halfway line, but this time Stefan Basson missed the penalty short.

In the 9th minute a bit of a shock for the Lions, it was their ball from a scrum inside Boland's half, the ball came to Louis Strydom who passed to his left, but Cecil Kemp intercepted the pass and Louis only caught him behind the Lions 10 meter line, where Kemp offloaded to Dries van Schalkwyk, who ran in the try under the posts. Cornelius converted to put Boland in a 7-0 lead.

In the 13th minute the Lions were awarded another penalty, on the Boland 22, and this time Rose kicked it to make the score 7-3 for Boland.

In the 17th minute the Lions went ahead, they had Boland pinned in their own 22 with a overlap to the right, and the ball went down the backline, but Boland managed to tackle well and a ruck formed close to their try-line, the ball came out on the Lions side and went down the left to the backline, where Strydom couldn't fine Pretorius with a long pass, but Rose picked up the ball and danced and weaved his way over the line and scored under the posts. He also converted and the score now 10-7 for the Lions.

In the 27th minute Boland got another penalty deep inside the Lions 22, after a late charge on a kicker by Rose. Cornelius kicked it to level the scores at 10-10.

4 Minutes later the Lions were inside the Boland 22 again, and the ball going left down the backline to Strydom and then Doppies la Grange, who was about 10 meters out but still sidestepped and powered his way over for the try under the poles. Rose converted and the score now 17-10.

Just two minutes later the Lions managed a break down the left wing, and Jano Vermaak followed up on the inside, where he received the pass and ran in the try unopposed, again converted by Rose and the score now 24-10 for the Lions, which was also the score at the break.

It didn't take the Lions long to open the scoring in the 2nd half, Doppies made a good break in midfield, and when the ball came down the backline to the left, there was a spilt pass that was picked up by Alten Hulme, who spinned through the tackle and the ran in the try under the poles again, again converted by Rose, and the score now 31-10 for the lions.

The Lions were now all over Boland, again a break by Willie Wepener down the left wing, when he was stopped the ball went down the backline down the right, with most Lions handling, and eventually Jaco Pretorius scoring in the right corner. Rose converted the difficult kick, and the score now 38-10.

Willem Stoltz was on for Senekal at this stage.

In the 11th minute of the second half Jaque Fourie came on for Ludik, Pretorius moved to Right Wing and Boshoff to left, with Jaque at Outside Centre. He had an immediate impact, handling two or three times that lead to a try by Willem Alberts with a backline move to the left and Boland running out of defenders. Rose converted and the score now 45-10.

20 minutes into the 2nd half Doppies tackled a player in what looked to be a bit of a spear tackle, but he was injured himself and left the field, replaced by Jaco van Schalkwyk.

Minnie on for Wepener, and Jonck for Vermaak.

8 minutes later a great try by the Lions, they had the ball on the halfway line, Strydom chipped it over the defenders and Alberts took in on the bounce, he gained a lot of ground but was ankle tapped, but he got the ball away to the right and Jaco van Schalkwyk ran in the try in the right corner, running round though and scoring under the poles. Rose converted to make the score 52-10.

JC Janse van Rensburg replaced Sephaka with about 8 minutes to go.

Three minutes later Elgar Watts intercepted a pass from Willem Alberts inside his own 10 meter line, and ran in the 65 meters to score under the poles. He converted his own try and the score now 52-17. Francois Uys replaced Jannie Boshoff on the Left Wing!

Jaco Pretorius scored his second in the right corner with just a minute left in the match, and this time Rose missed the difficult conversion on the hooter, and this was the match, easy 57-17 victory for the Lions.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
 Earl Rose, Doppies la Grange, Jano Vermaak, Alten Hulme, Jaco Pretorius(2), Willem Alberts, Jaco van Schalkwyk    
Cons: Earl Rose(7)              
Earl Rose          

For the Boland Kavaliers:
 Dries van schalkwyk, Elgar Watts                   
Cons:  Lionel Cornelius, Elgar Watts         
Pens: Lionel Cornelius             

Yellow card: None
Red card: None 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Justin Wheeler, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Alten Hulme, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Derick Minnie, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Willem Stoltz, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Jaque Fourie, 22 Jaco van Schalkwyk.

Boland: 15 Stefan Basson, 14 John Daniels, 13 Piet van Zyl(c), 12 Lionel Cornelius, 11 Alvin Hugo, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Dewald Duvenhage, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Frankie Horne, 6 Zolani Mofu, 5 Bradley Mockford, 4 Cecil Kemp, 3 Andries Human, 2 Clemen Lewis, 1 Janro van Niekerk.  
Replacements: 16 Pieter Wium, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Whalied Heyns, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Deon Scholtz, 22 Renfred Dazel.

Referee: Deon van Blommestein 
Touch judges: Joey Salmans and Peet Badenhorst
TV Match Official:
  Michael Cupido

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