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7-try blitz leaves Lions shell-shocked and singing the Blues

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 24 Feb 2008 at 10:30
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Should anyone spot 15 men walking around today with wigs and stick-on moustaches, don’t be alarmed — those will be the Lions, too embarrassed to show their faces after last night’s horror show.

Clinton vd Berg writes in the Sunday Times that They weren’t beaten so much as destroyed by a Blues team who played with their eyeballs out from beginning to end.

The Lions took an early beating and were unable to recover against a side that set new standards of perpetual-motion play. They brutalised the Lions’ errors and although home supporters would have been stunned, it was hard not to be seduced by the Blues’ super show here last night.

They trashed the Lions scrum, they dominated the contact area and they punched holes through the middle as they pleased. Say it quietly, but this performance had shades of the great Blues side of the past when men like Sean Fitzpatrick and Zinzan Brooke were in their pomp.

The key to the Blues’ success was the hard, direct running of the forwards and the smart angles taken by the backs. Fly-half Nick Evans was a spectacular presence and outside him centres Isaia Toeava and Benson Stanley, nephew of the great “Smoking Joe”, operated like a pair of assassins. They carved the Lions to pieces.

There were few redeeming features from the hosts. There were a handful of decent tackles and they troubled the Blues’ lineout, but these were aberrations; they had no idea even how to spoil and grind, let alone put together a half-decent attacking play.

Feeble defence and poor kicking options by the Lions were central to the Blues’ early success. The Kiwis smashed their way through and picked up their bonus point as early as the 34th minute, coinciding with the wish that a power failure occur to put the home fans out of their misery.

Even when the Lions did have possession, they were either stopped by the Blues’ uncompromising defence — Louis Ludik, in particular, was bashed about like a rag doll — or their own ineptitude. Twice they had overlaps when in a strong attacking position in the first half. Twice they made a dog’s breakfast of the advantage.

The Blues pressed home their advantage with a vengeance in the second half. Nick Williams, the No8, made them pay for their girly tackling for the Blues’ fifth try.

The Lions cleared their bench, but the impact was negligible. Joe van Niekerk was knocked on his backside early on and Earl Rose, who’s usually good in the dying light of a game, was subjected to as much frustration as his teammates. It was a tired, lazy end to the game for the Lions as they practically collapsed. Rudi Wulf blitzed them with a try in the corner and the half-century was reached when Evans, ever the magician, burst through. A series of quick recycles was then rewarded when Haiu got his second score.

All the Lions got for their trouble was a handful of points — Jaco van Schalkwyk scored at the death — and a bloodied nose.


Lions 10 — Try: Jaco van Schalkwyk. Conversion: Louis Strydom. Penalty: Strydom (1).

Blues 55 — Tries: Kurtis Haiu (2), Nick Evans, Jerome Kaino, Isa Nacewa, Nick Williams, Rudi Wulf. Conversions: Nick Evans (7). Penalties: Evans (2).


  • Crusaders -Blues is going to be a hell of a final!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.08 11:10:49 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • To early to make those calls IMO.

    13 more rounds to go.

    1 round at a time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.08 11:13:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • interesting to look at the log at this early stage…

    Only 3 sides yet unbeaten.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.08 11:14:33 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Hey man….I am sooooo pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.08 16:12:22 by Hmmm Reply

  • Did the LIONS even watch the first round game the Blue played?!!?!?
    I mean it seemed like they picth up for a warm up throw around!?!?!?

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.08 16:13:45 by Hmmm Reply

  • Their defense was not coming up in a line…which made it soooooo easy for the Blues to get past with slight test….and difficult to defend big guys running off each other at full pace with slight jinks…
    It is NOOOOOO wonder the missed tackles was soooo high in the fisrt half…

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.08 16:19:37 by Hmmm Reply

  • And even though the LIONS did look better in def putting in some big hits in the second round and making forcing the Blues to tackle and making tackles made stats a lot closer….and the missed tackles too…
    BUT THAT IS NOTHING TO TAKE AWAY…..the LIONS were murdered…..

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.08 16:24:17 by Hmmm Reply

  • The LIONS played like a bunch of MOFFIES concentrating on the wrong ball(s)….

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.08 16:28:08 by Hmmm Reply

  • howzit Hmmmm

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.08 16:28:34 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Enough said….

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.08 16:29:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • Great thanks……

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.08 16:30:52 by Hmmm Reply

  • And NOBEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hell what the heck are we doing with THAT….


    And why Rose does not start is beyind me!?!?!?!

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.08 17:22:05 by Hmmm Reply

  • And Joe looked real good again…..

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.08 17:25:17 by Hmmm Reply


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