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Hurricanes snare game Lions

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 29 Mar 2009 at 09:33

The Lions let slip a golden opportunity to climb up the Super 14 log when they lost a game that was there for the taking against the Hurricanes in Johannesburg, 38-32.

A late try by the Lions saw them creep to within six points of the winners and they collected two bonus points for their efforts – but it could well have been a full house of five.

Sport 24 reports that the Lions were still ahead 25-24 with only 11 minutes remaining and were all over the visitors after fighting back from a 24-11 deficit at half-time.

The Lions started off well, but then let the Hurricanes in for 17 unanswered points in 13 minutes before they regained their composure just to let their concentration lapse towards the end to let the visitors in for two more tries.

In the end the better finishing of the visitors when it counted made the difference between two successive wins for the Lions and a trip to Australasia that they must now undertake after a loss.

Outstanding on the day was Springbok centre Jaque Fourie – and not only for his two tries. He was devastating on the run every time he received the ball and broke the Hurricanes line on several occasions.

And not far behind was Jano Vermaak, who kicked, broke, ran and passed with real class.

The Hurricanes were under the cosh for the first three minutes with the Lions driving one phase ball after the other. A missed drop kick by Andre Pretorius saw the visitors punish the Lions by kicking in deep, and then they strung a number of passes together with both locks Jason Eaton and Jeremy Thrush prominent before the ball went wide for centre Conrad Smith to score a very good try to make it 7-0 after five minutes.

Three minutes later Smith was again over and after eight minutes the Hurricanes were 14-0 ahead. It became 17-0 after 13 minutes when the Lions went off-side in front of their posts for Piri Weepu to kick his third from three attempts.

The scoreline at that stage – and at half-time, for that matter – perhaps flattered the ‘Cane’s, but the lesson was that they did everything at full pace and finished their attacks.

The try by Fourie, which he started with his third clean break, was a perfect example of the inability to round off. Three scoring chances early in the move came to nought before the Lions at last spread it out from another unnecessary breakdown to make it 17-5 after 25 minutes. The lead was further reduced when it became 17-8 after sustained Lions pressure and a penalty by Pretorius and two minutes later the Hurricanes spoiled in a ruck after another Fourie run for Pretorius to repeat his act.

That made it 17-11 after 34 minutes, and two minutes later Pretorius squandered three points from right in front and 37 metres out. Then the Hurricanes stretched the score to 24-11 just before the half-time hooter after more pace, support and good options when scrumhalf Alby Mathewson went over for a converted try from a breakdown.

It simply was Fourie’s night. He scored next, two minutes into the second half, when Pretorius straightened nicely from a flay pass following a lineout for Doppies la Grange to into and through the gap and feed his centre partner to score under the posts.

They Lions went ahead when the won a lineout on the halfway line, with the line packed with forwards where Todd Clever handled well and passed well for Louis Ludik to break two tackles before giving to Clever for a try under the posts.

The Lions were now near-rampant and attacked with confidence. But it was the Hurricanes who turned defence around into a period of sustained attack and it was a matter of time before they regained the lead with a converted Ma’a Nonu try with 11 minutes remaining.

When Willie Ripia caught a rebound charge-down 30 metres out without any defence in front of him to score another try converted by Weepu, the score mounted to 38-25.

It seemed too much for the Lions to do, but then Shandre Frolick ran well and scored under the posts and at 38-32 the Lions were within one score of winning.

But the Hurricanes still had to kick off. The ball went to Frolick and, with the hooter sounding he inexplicably kicked downfield for the Hurricanes to simply catch the ball and kick it out to end a lively although not always good match.


Tries: Jaque Fourie (2), Todd Clever, Shandre Frolick.
Conversions: Andre Pretorius (3).
Penalties. Andre Pretorius (2)

Tries: Conrad Smith (2), Alby Mathewson, Ma’a Nonu, Willie Ripia.
Conversions: Piri Weepu (5).
Penalty: Weepu.

In next weekend’s action the Hurricanes travel to Durban to play the Sharks while the Lions head for New Zealand and a date with the Chiefs.


  • Frolick should be shot!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.03.09 16:13:20 by Hmmm Reply
  • I suspect match fixing!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.03.09 16:16:18 by Hmmm Reply
  • I think we need to call back Judge King!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.03.09 16:19:11 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 1) : we will defend you vigorously :mrgreen:

    this last kick was criminal

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.03.09 20:12:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • What did Frolick do wrong???

    Sorry I didn’t waste my time by watching the Lions. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.09 08:08:54 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    Picture the scene.

    Hooter has gone at the end of the 2nd half.
    Lions have the ball and are trailing by 6 points.
    Ball goes to Frolick.
    Frolick kicks to the Waratahs. 😯
    Waratahs kick it out.
    Final whistle goes.

    At the very least Frolick should be sent for a course on the values of keeping the ball in hand AFTER the Hooter has gone. 😥

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.09 08:23:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :
    Wasn’t a waste of time, was pretty entertaining. That earlier game involving the Stormers was the real waste of time – horrible.

    Must agree, Jacques Fourie was sublime.

    Frolick may have a lot of gas but that only helps when he has no one in front of him, it certainly doesnt help that he tends to run to the tackler and then slow down to a stop to minimise the impact of the coming collision.

    I see the Lions now also have one of their own that they boo – Earl Rose, the booing though isn’t as heavy as what the Stormers faithful give Luke.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.09 09:25:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) :

    Damn right!!!! It was a good game to watch.

    My feelings on the Lions
    From being a team that I for some reason hardly ever seem to know the players of, to being a team I enjoy to watch this year.

    I feel they may be almost as low as the Cheetahs on the log, BUT they show a will to play Rugby when they go on the park and I expect an upset or two from them this season while on tour.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.09 09:37:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :
    Agreed, I also dont know whats happening to me because I’m starting to take their defeats personally. They certainly have beeen entertaing these last 2 weeks.

    The Lions may be nearly as low as the Cheetahs on the table but they are also only 1 point behind the Stormers.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.09 10:10:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • It was entertaining…and had the LIONS had the Canes luck of the bounce once or twice it could have been a dif ball game…

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.09 19:52:54 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    Yeh…and 2 points from 9th place….

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 19:56:13 by Hmmm Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 5) :
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :
    and remember to substitute Waratahs with Canes – these jerseys really confuse KSA

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.09 19:58:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    “At the very least Frolick should be sent for a course on the values of keeping the ball in hand AFTER the Hooter has gone.”

    specially when you have nothing to lose and all to gain

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.09 20:00:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) :

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.09 20:02:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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