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Lions thrash Tucuman


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 10 Feb 2011 at 07:59
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John Mitchell’s Lions continued their impressive pre-season form in smashing visiting Argentine club side, Tucuman, by 82 points to 19 in Johannesburg last night.

Totally dominant on the scoreboard, the Lions hardly broke a sweat against a side that was, unfortunately, nowhere near up to standard and offered only token resistance to the home side’s onslaught. The Lions scored 12 tries to Tucuman’s single reply, with former Bulls loose forward Dries van Schalkwyk joining Josh Strauss and Michael Killian in scoring a pair of tries each.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies was in good form with the boot, nailing 9 out his 10 conversion attempts.

Mitchell will no doubt feel that his team is in good shape, having scored an absolute glut of tries in their warmup fixtures to date, despite a slow start against the Stormers which saw them beaten 15-0. The real test, of course, will come when they face the Bulls in the opening round, since Tucuman last night were clearly a good few levels below Super Rugby standard. Once they have faced a full strength Super Rugby team, with competition points on the line, we should have a far better indication of exactly how far the Lions have come under Mitchell.

For their fans, though, the early signs are certainly encouraging.

Lions (82): Tries: Dries van Schalkwyk (2), James Kamana, Josh Strauss (2), Michael Killian (2), Waylon Murray, Jano Vermaak, Derick Minnie, Doppies la Grange, Lionel Mapoe. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (9), Burton Francis (2).

Tucuman (19): Try: Francisca Granata. Conversion: Esequiel Faralle Penalties : Faralle (4)


6 Comments

  • Lions are playing the Kings this weekend or early next week if I’m not mistaken. They should win that one easily aswell.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.11 08:09:51 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • If they manage to beat the Bulls in the 1st round, then things should get really interesting.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.11 08:11:36 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • So who won the FIGHT???

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.11 08:20:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Ah, the Battle of Tucuman. So long ago, yet so fresh in the memory 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.11 10:47:24 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 4) : Check out this article (in Afrikaans) about the battle of Tucuman for a stroll through memory lane.
    http://www.ruggaworld.com/2011/02/08/battle-of-tucuman-revisited/

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.11 11:13:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : Thanks for the link. Louis de Villiers is by far my favourite rugby journo. The dude has a great tongue-in-cheek writing manner. 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.11 11:41:40 by rhineshark Reply
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