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Lions 20 (10) vs Blue Bulls 13 (0)

Lions vs Blue Bulls

Blue Bulls looking for valuable away win

The match started evenly with both teams staying between the two 22 meter lines in the first 15 minutes.

The Lions got their first scoring opportunity 17 minutes into the game on a rare visit into the opponents 22 where the Blue Bulls went offside, and Herkie Kruger made no mistake with the penalty, putting the Lions in a 3-0 lead.

The first try of the match came in the 38th minute, the Lions were deep inside the Blue Bulls 22 and were awarded a penalty when Jano Vermaak was pulled into a ruck, instead of kicking for poles Vermaak took a quick tap and passed the ball far to the right to Herkie Kruger, who in turned passed to Grobbelaar, who tapped on to Hollenbach, who received the ball on the Blue Bulls 22 meter line, he sold a huge dummy to the defenders, who bought it and he went inside and dived over for the try without a hand laid on him. Kruger converted to make it 10-0, also the score at the break.

The Lions then scored an unlikely try three minutes into the second half, Franco van der Merwe broke round a maul close to the Blue Bulls 22 meter line, and when he got close to the touchline, kicked the ball infield, where amazingly there was just a big open space, Jano Vermaak chased after the kick and was quick enough to get to it first, he gathered and ran in the try. Kruger converted to make it 17-0.

The Blue Bulls had to wait until 17 minutes into the second half for their first points, which came from a Burton Francis penalty when the Lions went offside in their own 22.

4 minutes from time the Lions seemed to seal the match when Herkie Kruger kicked his second penalty of the match after the Blue Bulls played the ball on the ground, the score now 20-3.

The Blue Bulls then scored a try by Jaco Pretorius, which Burton Francis converted drop goal style to make it 20-10, and then just about a minute later Burton Francis kicked a penalty after the hooter to make it 20-13 and the Blue Bulls getting a point from the match, but the Lions victorious and getting the 4 points for the victory.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
 Alwyn Hollenbach, Jano Vermaak
Cons: Herkie Kruger(2)
Pens: Herkie Kruger(2)

For the Blue Bulls:
 Jaco Pretorius
Cons: Burton Francis
Pens: Burton Francis(2)

Yellow card: None 
Red card: None 

Lions: 15 Earl Lewis, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Alwyn Hollenbach, 12 Pieter Engelbrecht, 11 Johan Jackson, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Nico Luus, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Hans van Dyk, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Derek Harwood, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Derick Minnie, 21 Doppies la Grange, 22 Ruan Boshoff.

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard vd Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Marius Delport, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Pedrie Wannenburg, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip vd Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuun(c), 1 Jaco Engels.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Fudge Mabeta, 19 Jacques Burger, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Tiger Mangweni.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Touch judges: Francois Veldsman and Peet Badenhorst
TV Match Official: Johan Meuwesen

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