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Canned hunt at Coke tin

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Lions on 4 Jun 2009 at 05:34
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The result we predicted last week, for the opening match of the tour, came in Johannesburg on Wednesday as the British and Irish Lions recorded a 74-10 win over the Golden Lions.

Maybe it is just as well the name of the stadium has changed to that of a sponsor, as the once famous Ellis Park witnessed the slaughter of Johannesburg’s pride.

Rugby 365 reports that while the tourists will celebrate a good win, an opportunity to put to test some of their structures and combinations, the performance of the home team can be summed up in one word: ‘disgraceful’.

The 10 tries to one margin is as emphatic as you could have wished for, if you are a tourist.

But just how much value can be derived from this, no more than an opposed training run, remains to be seen.

While the tourists deserve credit for their measured and controlled approach, the real value and quality of the performance has to be measured against opponents that never arrived for the game.

The contrast in the two teams were stark. The one was a settled unit, that was happy with their management structures and playing like a well-drilled unit. The other was clearly a disrupted group that had little or no interest in the game.

The Golden Lions just did not show the spirit and fight that was evident in the Royals team last Saturday. The coaching troubles and administrative back-stabbing that is so rife in the union had clearly filtered through to the team and the players were not able to mentally lift themselves for the occasion.

The British and Irish Lions just looked a lot more eager and showed far more energy than their opponents. Also, the pace at which they played blew the home side away.

And on defence the tourists also had the measure of a scatter-gun approach by the home team.

André Pretorius’ run of poor form and ordinary decision making was symptomatic of what was wrong with this team – as far too many balls ended up on the floor instead of in hands.

New coach Hans Coetzee spoke before the game of playing “winning” rugby. If that is his idea of winning, his team and the union is indeed in deep trouble.

It is sad that the home side provide only token resistance, as the visitors deserved more.

At least the B&I Lions respected the greater cause, the build-up to the Test series against the Springboks, enough to stick to their structures and landing one killer blow after another.

The Golden Lions were dealt an early blow when star fullback Louis Ludik was carried off, following a knee injury sustained while clearing the ball from inside his 22. It looked like a pretty serious ligament injury, as his knee was bent sideways when an opponent ran into him and may well be the end of his season.

And the British and Irish Lions opened the scoring moments later, as captain Brian O’Driscoll showed his exceptional distribution skills to put fellow centre Jamie Roberts over near the right touchline. Stephen Jones added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

It was O’Driscoll who was on the receiving end of some great running a few minutes later – as Tommy Bowe pulled defenders out of their line and put his captain over for try number two. Jones made it 14-0 with the conversion.

Jones landed a penalty soon afterwards and after 13 minutes it was already 17-0.

André Pretorius eventually got the home team on the board with a penalty on the 16th minute.

Jamie Roberts was over under the uprights soon afterwards, from a strong burst up the midfield by left wing Ugo Monye, but the TMO ruled that the ball was held up.

However, from the resulting scrum the tourists won a penalty and Jones made it 20-3 inside the first quarter.

They soon stretched their lead as a looping overhead pass put Monye into space and over in the corner – 25-3 as the tourists’ scoring kept pace with the clock.

And this routine, scoring at a point-a-minute, continued as late arrival Tom Croft raced over after some fine interplay and off-loading in the tackle. Jones made it 32-3 and it was a true reflection of the first half-an-hour’s play.

The home team had its moments and they eventually got their first try in the 37th minute, with quick hands putting replacement Shandré Frolick over for the try. Pretorius added the conversion and at 10-32 there was just a hint of respectability for the Golden Lions.

But the final word before the break belonged to the tourists, as centre Jamie Roberts went over for his second try – again some ordinary defence allowing the B&I Lions to run free. Jones again added the extras and at the break the touring Lions were one point short of their time on the pitch – 39-10.

While the Golden Lions attempted to play some rugby after the break, there was simply no reward for their endeavour – with the high error rate continuing to cost them.

In fact the tourists scored first in the second half, as Tommy Bowe went over in the right corner after a neat flip from Stephen Jones, with the latter adding the conversion for a 46-10 lead.

Predictably the game became scrappy as the visitors knew the game was long gone as a contest and for the home team it was a simple case of damage control.

Bowe got his second try in the 59th minute, a simple intercept as the locals continued to play at half-pace and without any clear game plan. Jones made it 53-10 as the tourists continued their stroll in the park.

Monye got his second try with just over 1 minutes left on the clock, as a neat inside pass from Bowe put him into space. Jones made it 60-10 as the tourists took their advantage to half-a-century – 60-10.

And James Hook scored try number nine as André Pretorius threw another intercept pass. He also added the conversion to make it 67-10.

Right on full-time replacement flank Stephen Ferris showed the home side a clean pair of heels when he picked up a ball near his own 22 and out-sprinted the lacklustre home side to take his team’s try tally into double figures. Hook’s conversion made it 74-10.

And it has to be said that the not so Golden Lions were flattered by the 10 points they got.

Man of the match: Only one set of players came into contention for this award – the British and Irish Lions. Flank Tom Croft put down an early Test marker, wing
Tommy Bowe and flyhalf Stephen Jones showed their international credentials. Then there was Jamie Roberts, laying strong claims to the inside centre berth in the Test team. But in a game where almost all the visitors looked good, we are going for B&I Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll – who showed his class in marshalling his troops and keeping the defences honest, not to mention keeping his team structured when they could so easily have allowed their standards to drop against such ordinary opposition.

Moment of the match: From early the writing was on the wall and in the sixth minute the British and Irish Lions opened the scoring, as captain Brian O’Driscoll showed his exceptional distribution skills to put fellow centre Jamie Roberts over near the right touchline. The tourists never looked back and the result was never in doubt.

Villain(s) of the match: This award goes to those in the ivory towers and the boardrooms of Johannesburg – Jannie Ferreira, Manie Reyneke and Jake White – for their brain explosions last week, the decision to fire the coach before such an important match. You can’t blame Eugene Eloff for this mess, it was created by self-serving administrators and outsiders. This has all the makings of a ‘bankrupt’ union.


For the Golden Lions:
Cons: Pretorius
Pens: Pretorius

For the British and Irish Lions:
Roberts 2, O’Driscoll, Monye 2, Croft, Bowe 2, Hook, Ferris
Cons: S Jones 6, Hook 3
Pens: S Jones 2


Golden Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Jannie Boshoff, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 André Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Brad Mockford, 3 Gert Muller, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Lawrence Sephaka.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Ernst Joubert, 19 Todd Clever, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Shandré Frolick.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (captain), 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 David Wallace, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Lee Mears, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Euan Murray, 18 Stephen Ferris, 19 Andy Powell, 20 Harry Ellis, 21 James Hook, 22 Shane Williams.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Marius Jonker
TMO: Johann Meuwesen


  • Canned hunt is right, death of a once proud union, can they come back from this, it will take a while, if ever??

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.09 06:07:18 by Whindy Reply
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  • i didnt know lions was on the extinction list 😯 can any get into SB?

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.09 06:45:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : now i managed to access SB, sum players scores is still screwed 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.09 08:52:11 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Let me paste my comment from the other Lions thread here.

    Take a bow Jake White and the Golden Lions management – thats what you get for shafting the coach 10 days before the biggest game of the year for these guys.
    NAFI verby.

    Now, from today, would have been the time to start with your rebuilding plan.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.09 08:57:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : The South African species is on the verge. Looks like the European species is still doing well.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.09 09:54:03 by klempie Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : i thought the players would be motivated against all this mess – but no!

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.09 09:57:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • As much as I had to admit it, the B&I Lions played AWESOME rugby last night and in a style akin to All Black rugby. Everything going to hand and everything at pace. I expected forward dominated rugby but if there were three conesuctive phases with the forwards it would have been alot. They were very keen to spin it wide at any opportunity. VERY un-European. PdV’s notes had better be comprehensive.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.09 09:57:05 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 7) : hate * 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.09 09:57:31 by klempie Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : Don’t be stupid that would be too logical, we would never do something as clever as that, I am surprised they allowed Ernst Joubert onto the field, what a disgrace, and what happens the poor players get castigated not the idiot officials, that presume to run rugby at the lions when will they become accountable?? 👿 👿 👿

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.06.09 09:58:47 by Whindy Reply
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  • I say close GRU down. I realised last night how bad the situation is when I noted that they have separate sponsors for S14 and CC. How desperate must you be when you can’t find one sponsor willing to cover more than one tournament?

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.06.09 10:02:26 by klempie Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 9) : Ja, Im pissed off too because I was really enjoying the Lions this year.
    This was to be the highlight for most of these guys playing careers and they have to sit with all the behind the scenes crap that has taken place. I really feel for the players in this case.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.06.09 10:18:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 6) :
    I was hoping for the same, but after all the nonsense they went through I was not really expecting it. The timing was unbelievable.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.06.09 10:21:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :

    How about ‘enjoying’ the Stormers a bit seeing as you are in Slaapstad you might as well support them as your 2nd favourite team!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.06.09 10:42:51 by wpw Reply
  • I do actually enjoy the Stormers, mostly. I dont know if Im too mad about their managemnet, but maybe the Lions will give them a go in this regard.
    What I liked about the Lions this year is that they played well above expectations (mine) and in doing so showed some charachter, that to me appeared to hold promise for the future. Obviously I was on the wrong track and going in the opposite direction to what the powers that be were seeing.
    The Stormers on the other hand were the exact opposite, promised everything and delivered squat.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.06.09 10:53:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • You will not belive this!! I put B&I lions up for a win…looked at my Superbru this morning and realised I chose the fickrn wrong lions!!! 👿 👿

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.06.09 11:31:06 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 15) : 😆 😀

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.06.09 11:49:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 15) : Not too clever now was it Blondie 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.06.09 11:49:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) :

    I was SO chuffed, and then i saw my HUGE mistake..**pulling Blonde hair out of her head**

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.06.09 12:00:38 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) : lets hope she knows the difference between a lion and a cheetah 😀 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.06.09 12:02:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 15) : i think rekinek made the same mistake, she made a huge jump downwards 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.06.09 12:04:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 19) : 😀 😯

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.06.09 12:12:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) :

    egggzaketelie 😕

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.06.09 12:12:56 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 15) : HAHAHAHAHA!! Dom drol. 😈

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.06.09 12:16:40 by klempie Reply

  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 22) : what the ….. 😕 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.06.09 12:24:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 22) : ohh!!! Exactly 😳 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.06.09 12:28:11 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 23) :


    @JarsonX (Comment 25) : 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.06.09 12:38:27 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • hows this for a heading? ‘British Lions whips circus Lions’ Ouch! 😆

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