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Rampant Lions flatten feeble Falcons

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions, Other SA Teams on 6 Sep 2008 at 06:58

The Lions produced a polished Currie Cup performance on Friday to obliterate the struggling Falcons, courtesy of an 83-14 thumping at Bosman Stadium in Brakpan.

Coach Eugene Eloff’s Lions ran in 13 tries to two, sending a clear message of intent to the log leaders as they step up their bid for a semifinal berth in this year’s Currie Cup.

Rugby 365 reports that it’s hard not to admire the Falcons and wish that they would do better. There is so much that they do that is brave and skilled. Here they played their big and wealthy older brothers to the west and did so with zest. They were not overawed in their avowed intent to run with the ball whatever huge men and vast acres lay between them and the goal-line. But in the end they were done, well and truly done. The Lions were much too good.

One of the Falcons’s surprising weaknesses was in a set piece. One would expect them to get line-outs right. They have tall men and that should be enough to win the ball but they were woefully off target with their throwing. They had an incredible six five-metre line-outs. They managed to get the ball from only one of them and that went sterile. They had a free kick from another, opted for the scrum and then lost the ball. They threw one in skew and simply lost the other three. The Lions did not even have to compete all that sincerely to win the ball.

Even when the Lions were down to 14 men they were far too good. They were reduced to 14 men when Jaco van Schalkwyk was guilty of a gross spear tackle. It was late and he got the feet well up into the air. This is the second week in a row that the Lions have lost a man to a dangerous tackle. Last week Jano Vermaak was yellow-carded and then cited and suspended. This week it’s another back and his suspension could well be longer than a week.

When they were still fresh and unbattered, the Falcons actually drew first blood. Len Olivier kicked high for the corner. The ball bounced high and the hard Brakpan ground and eluded Trompie Nontshinga and Jaco van Schalkwyk but not Dewald Pretorius who grabbed and scored in the corner. Poerie van Rooyen converted. 7-0 after 7 minutes.

Then the Lions took over. From a scrum, Doppies la Grange dashed forward and set his side bashing at the line till they went wide and Jaco Pretorius ran round to score in the right corner. 7-5.

The Lions attacked and Van Schalkwyk cut back sharply to score. Rose converted, 12-7 after 12 minutes.

The Lions lost scrumhalf Chris Jonck when Sean Plaatjies was being dumped and a stray boot – purely accidentally – struck Jonck’s head. La Grange then moved into scrumhalf with Walter Venter coming in at centre.

The Lions were on defence before scoring their next try. They broke out with quick passing and a long run by Cobus Grobbelaar until the ball went to Nontshinga on the left wing. He was cut down juts short of the line and the Lions bashed until Anton van Zyl finished it off with the try. 19-7 after 15 minutes.

Nontshinga got the next try as Earl Rose and then Jaco Pretorius contrived to give the lanky speedster an overlap and off he sped to score under the posts. 26-7 after 16 minutes.

The right wing got the next one as the Lions tapped a penalty on the left and Killian beat three defenders on the right to score the bonus-point try. 33-7 after 29 minutes.

It was not a night for kicking penalties at goal. The Falcons who had the majority of penalties did not do so once. The Lions did so once and Rose missed. Lesson learnt, they did not do it again.

The Falcons tapped and ran and there was prop Gavin Whittingham out on the left wing and round he went for a try which Van Rooyen converted, 33-14.

Just before half-time the Lions got another when they won a turnover and Venter popped a pass to La Grange who scored.

At half-time the Lions led 38-14.

The Falcons broke out from near their own line to force a line-out near the Lions’ line and then a scrum – and then they lost the ball.

Rose broke, and noble Ernst Joubert, who had a magnificent game and looked the best ball-handler on the field, carried it on and Killian scored. 45-14 after 54 minutes.

La Grange grubbered, Killian footed on and Van Schalkwyk dotted down neatly. 52-14 after 56 minutes.

The Lions attacked with quick passing and La Grange sniped through a gap to score at the posts. 59-14 after 62 minutes.

That was the score when Van Schalkwyk was shown a red card.

The Lions turned a penalty into a line-out and battered away till replacement hooker Ethienne Reynecke got the try. Louis Strydom was now on for Rose and he converted. 66-14 after 67 minutes.

Reynecke got the next try after a good run by Joubert. The Lions moved the ball smartly to the left and there was the blond hooker out on the wing to score the try. 73-14 with 10 minutes to play.

There had been a horde of replacements invading the ground but still props became in short supply and three uncontested scrums followed.

Grobbelaar won a turnover, as is his skill, and the Lions went left to Rayno Benjamin who sprinted down the touchline to score. 78-14. There was time for Benjamin to get another try. From a scrum on the far right Strydom kicked a perfect diagonal to the far left where Benjamin won the aerial battle for the ball and scored. That ended the match.

There was a lot for the 24 000 people in Bosman Stadium to cheer about. And they need not be ashamed of their young, brave team.


For the Falcons:
Tries: D Pretorius, Whittingham
Cons: Van Rooyen 2

For the Lions:
Tries: J Pretorius, Van Schalkwyk 2, Van Zyl, Nontshinga, Killian 2, La Grange 2, Reynecke 2, Benjamin 2
Cons: Rose 6, Strydom 3

Red card: Jaco van Schalkwyk (Lions, 63 – Dangerous tackle)


Falcons: 15 Johan Jackson, 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Ernie Kruger, 12 Hanno Coetzee (captain), 11 Johan Swartz, 10 Len Olivier, 9 Poerie van Rooyen, 8 Sean Plaatjies, 7 Johan de Bruin, 6 Warren Perkins, 5 Marius Coetzer, 3 Ruhan van Jaarsveld, 3 Nico Pretorius, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Gavin Whittingham.
Replacements: 16 Jody Jeneker, 17 Frik Venter, 18 Wouter Moore, 19 Reg Muller/Emile Verster, 20 Gerrie Odendaal, 21 Showan Smith, 22 Jeff Perkins.

Lions: 15 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Trompie Nontshinga, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Derick Minnie, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Walter Venter, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Rayno Benjamin.


  • Valke are rubbish. And to think they beat Province and are only 4 points behind WP on the log. Truly a skande. 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.09.08 08:33:12 by McLovin Reply
  • I think that the Valke are a game lot, though that will bring you only so far.

    💡 💡 I wonder if the smaller unions are getting compensation when the big unions buy their players. The Sharks should for instance first pay the Valke a certain amount before buying Len Olivier. That type of thing?

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.09.08 08:46:28 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) :

    I don’t think that happens, unfortunately.

    As Rudi Jouber said last night: Coaching a small union isn’t difficult, it is having to rebuild your team every season that is difficult.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.09.08 08:50:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Hmmmmmmm, I wonder if someone higher up than me can make such an suggestion, call it a rugby tithe? In other words, they pay a tithe of the package that they offer for a player for the first year?

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.09.08 09:04:04 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) :

    The big unions would never fall for that though.

    It’d mean they would have to either start developing their own players or spend their money paying for small union players.

    Also with snakes ag I mean agents now specializing in placing players in europe rather than SA. Will mean the smaller unions will have no way of getting their money from the european unions.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.09.08 09:11:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : I’m thinking big. If it can become an IRB law? 😯 😯

    Never mind the ramblings of an brilliant old man. 😎

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.09.08 09:14:38 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • This may sound ugly, but to call your kid Poerie is really a mean thing to do as a parent!

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.09.08 09:20:04 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) :

    Hopefully it’s not on his birth certificate…LOL!

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.09.08 09:42:28 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • That spear tackle happened right in front of where I was sitting, but I followed the ball and never saw the tackle, that must have been late as well and not just a spear.

    We are going to struggle to put a team together next Saturday…

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.09.08 09:44:19 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 9) :

    It was very late but not as bad a spear as the whistle made it sound.

    Lifted the guy, yes, but didn’t turn him and drive him down, was rather a case of the guy in the air overbalancing and falling over.

    The guy didn’t fall on his head or anything he saved himself pretty well with his arms.

    Last week the guy got a yellow and i believe the ref should have given a yellow this week.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.09.08 09:55:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) : He’s probably not the only Poerie in his family. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.09.08 10:02:21 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : His name is Petrus. Probably not the only one of those in his family

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.09.08 10:21:58 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • I am the only Jacobus in my Family 😳

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.09.08 10:27:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I knew it. 😉 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.09.08 10:33:47 by McLovin Reply

  • My names are not unique in my family. In fact they’re not unique period. 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.09.08 10:36:01 by McLovin Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) : Hehehe, now if you point out to him that it is perfectly legal to change one’s name, he will do so
    and become Poerie Davids.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.09.08 10:39:10 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • I read in rapport this am that the lions have paid quite a price for this victory.

    Chris Jonck – Concussion
    Gerhard Mostert – dislocated shoulder (coupled with Dewald Senekal aleady gone for the season, this IS a huge blow)
    Jaco v Schalkwyk – red carded and possibly suspended.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.09.08 08:09:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I don’t believe v Schalkwyk should get a suspension BTW, but suspect he will get one.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.09.08 08:14:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Pity, for the Lions was just reaching a similar stage as in previous years where they come with a late charge and play some really exciting rugby. Keep it up you Golden Nothings!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.09.08 08:33:42 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox

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