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Lions leave them Red faced

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 19 Apr 2009 at 07:00
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Super 14 strugglers Queensland Reds sunk to their lowest ebb in another ugly season by crashing to an embarrassing 31-20 loss to Auto & General Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

The ragged and flat Reds failed to cash in on a two-man advantage for nine second-half minutes to lose their fourth successive match and looked a far cry from the entertaining outfit which upset the pacesetting Sharks a month ago.

Lions forwards Robert Kruger and Anton van Zyl were both on the sidelines after being sin-binned within a minute of each other but a bumbling Queensland couldn’t make the visitors pay.

Jim Morton writes for RugbyHeaven Aus that the Johannesburg-based Lions, who enjoyed only a third of possession, taught the hosts a lesson in clinical and precise finishing. They took almost all of their chances to run in four tries to the Reds’ three.

Long-striding winger Henno Mentz claimed a treble, including a momentum-turning 75-metre counter-attacking effort from one of Queensland’s many dropped passes when in attack.

That pivotal moment came with 16 minutes left when Queensland, attacking against the 13-man visitors, coughed up the ball through playmakers Berrick Barnes and Quade Cooper on the 22 and hooker Willie Wepener put Mentz away.

It was one of two long-range tries for the winger, who also scored the first from a Reds turnover.

Queensland skipper James Horwill didn’t mince words after his side’s impatience and comedy of errors badly disappointed the home crowd of 15,597.

“We just didn’t come out and play tonight,” Horwill said after the game. “We didn’t show up.”

“We’re making too many silly mistakes and rushing the play and it’s really hurting us.”

Lions captain Ernst Joubert, who scored an individual chargedown try late in the first half, praised his troops’ patience and defence.

“They [the Reds] can throw the ball around and play touch rugby but I must take my hats off to the boysl it was a brilliant performance,” Joubert said.

The dreadful display left Queensland with a 2-7 record, second last on the table and staring down the barrel at a sixth straight bottom-three finish.

Rubbing salt into the wounds were first-half leg injuries to key men Peter Hynes (ankle) and Daniel Braid (ankle).

Once again, the Reds didn’t find it difficult to break their opponents’ defence but were unable to provide the finishing touches near the line with cut-out passes thrown over the sideline and support players grassing crucial balls.

LIONS 31 (Henno Mentz 3, Ernst Joubert tries Andre Pretorius 4 cons pen)
QUEENSLAND REDS 20 (Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham tries Berrick Barnes con pen)


  • Yay Lions, pity I did not back my own side in the LMS 😡

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.09 10:42:56 by Whindy Reply
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  • This was a fantastic win for the Lions if one considers that we are carrying alot of injuries at the moment to good and key players.Granted it was helped along by woeful Reds performance but I felt our Defense was outstanding and it turned alot of Reds attacks into Lions attacks.
    Wepner is very underrated and hopfully will get a Bok call-up at some stage.

    Well done guys , manage to win in Perth this week and I feel we can turn the season around and finish strongly at home for a top half finish.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.09 13:05:06 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 1) :

    Shame on you Whindy 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.09 13:05:41 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 3) : I know I am embarrassed, maybe we should give Loffie another year and a couple of million to spend on some decent players and that does not include the likes of Mr Clever

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.09 13:13:13 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 4) :


    I even picked you guys on Superbru. I see you and Walter Picked the reds. 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.09 13:16:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Well done Lions! If Henno keeps this form he might just get a call up to the Boks. Earl also had a pretty good game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.09 13:16:11 by wpw Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 4) :

    I agree , even the kiwi and aussie commentators reckon this team is a season or 2 away from challenging for a semi spot.
    Yea I know Loffie had a 3 year plan but perhaps he should be given an extension and as you say a couple more players.
    Clever has been a revelation and plays his heart out every single game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.09 13:16:19 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • “even the kiwi and aussie commentators reckon this team is a season or 2 away from challenging for a semi spot.”

    Now now that’s pushing it… I only get the Aussie and Kiwi commentators here… and I’ve never heard that 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.09 13:21:50 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 4) :

    Do you not like Todd Clever? I think he has been a great buy for you guys.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.09 13:22:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 8) :

    They did see a pooty cat.. 😀

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.09 13:24:56 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 8) :

    Nope mate they said it. I also heard it.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.04.09 13:30:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 8) : They did say it , it was my favourite “marno” who never has anything good to say about SA,SO NEARLY FELL OFF MY CHAIR. Complete Aussie twit, along with the rest of them, Phil Kearns is about the only one worth listening too.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.04.09 06:46:02 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Andre , he is okay, plays with huge passion, but he makes some really bad mistakes, passes under pressure and puts his mates under huge pressure sometimes, what I meant above (comment 4)was we need, to buy some quality and he is not quality, has potential, no doubt, but we have developed enough players and then they disappear and I can’t see this guy staying for a long time, he is earning a pittance, in comparison to what he could earn in Europe, he is here purely for experience.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.09 07:01:06 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) :

    I haven’t taken note of his passes under pressure, but that could come from his days as a 7s player where you take to 50/50 passes 90% of the time rather than not taking them.

    I must say though I am pretty partial to the guy, I like his style of play, he has a tremendous workrate, he tackle constantly.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.09 08:11:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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