The Lions got their “Challenge” campaign off to solid start at Ellis Park on Saturday night in beating the Russian national side by 51 points to 13.
The play was spoiled somewhat by the constant rain that fell during the match, but the Lions easily dealt with their opponents, who simply couldn’t match them physically. It was in the scrums, particularly, that the contest was one-sided, with two penalty tries awarded to the home side due to Russian collapsing near the goal-line.
Five other tries were scored by Lions players, with the Bears managing a single consolation themselves.
Tries: Helberg, Roodt, Tecklenburg, Boshoff, Nel, Penalty Tries 2
Pens: Cronjé 2
Cons: Cronjé 4, Boshoff
For Russia (13):
Pens: Klyuchnikov 2