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Stormers brings Lions back to Earth

Written by Pierre Teich (Original Pierre)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Reader Submissions, Stormers, Super Rugby on 28 Jan 2012 at 11:06
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The Stormers extended a less than friendly welcome to the Currie Cup Champions of 2011 last night, proving perhaps that Currie Cup success is one thing, but Super rugby is a different kettle of urm fish altogether.

Butch James kicked an early penalty for the Lions, but then the Stormers turned the tables on them.

The Stormers scored three tries to zero, wing Geo Aplon weighed in with two superb efforts that would surely grab the attention of a certain new Bok coach, Heyneke Meyer. His first saw him step three defenders on his way to the line, but his last try was the result of some good teamwork with Gerhard van den Heever. Van den Heever timed the last pass to perfection, leaving Aplon with little more to do than a casual canter over the line, or maybe it just looked casual compared to the blistering pace he displayed during his first effort?

Joe Peterson, back from his stint in France, was on target with the boot in the first half but was replaced by Van Den Heever at half time. Gary van Aswegan took over the kicking duties.

While both teams made their intentions clear early on, young Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth caught the eye with some huge hits out there. For the Lions Taute and Killian looked really dangerous but the rock solid Stormers defence held firm to keep the Lions scoreless on the night.

It`s not all doom and gloom for the Lions just yet if you take into account the likes of Hollenbach, Van Heerden and Elton Jantjies were unavailable for this fixture. One worrying aspect for Coach Mitchell, should be their line out performance. The Lions managed to secure just one of their first five.

I can say from personal experience that last night`s encounter was a huge improvement on the corresponding fixture this time last year. The 2011 Neo Africa match was played in a little warmer conditions perhaps, but last nights` match just felt like a more . . . serious encounter.

Stormers (28):
Tries: Gio Aplon ( 2 ) and Stephen Kitshoff
Conversions: Joe Pietersen and Gary van Aswegan
Penalties: Joe Pietersen ( 2 ) and Gary van Aswegan
Lions (6):
Penalties: Butch James ( 2 )


  • Woohooo!

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.01.12 11:15:34 by Leviathan Reply
  • The Lions needs to improve a bit more

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.01.12 11:20:00 by Mutley Reply
  • Who were the lions’ locks? And hooker(s)?did michael rhodes play?

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.12 11:36:22 by bergshark Reply

  • Its foolish for anyone to read too deeply into the final score of a pre-season friendly.

    Just last year the Lions whipped our butts down in CT but still managed to finish stone last (if one excludes the expansion team from Melbourne)

    These friendlies serve a lot of purposes but determining form going into the SR isn’t nec one of them.

    Really happy to hear about the old Tyger Etzebeth doing so well. 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.12 11:38:31 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) :

    To be fair, last years sides weren’t even close to their eventual starting line-ups were they? Or am I wrong?

    Lions should be afraid, very afraid. They just aren’t up there with the top sides… the Cheetahs are a better prospect.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.01.12 12:10:52 by hendrikp Reply

  • The Lions were without CJ, Wickus, Rhodes, Jantjies and Hollenbach. I think this was more a test run for Mitchell to see how the new recruits will do

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.01.12 12:33:02 by Mutley Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 5) :
    Got this off SW from last year:

    Sharks team:
    15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Ross Skeate, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit(capt), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
    Reserves: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Daniel Adonga Ojiambo, 20 Conrad Hoffman, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Adrian Jacobs, 23 Bismarck du Plessis, 24 Anton Bresler, 25 Jacques Engelbrecht, 26 Riaan Swanepoel, 27 Lwazi Mvovo, 28 Mark Richards

    MTN Lions team:
    15 Jaco Taute; 14 Tonderai Chavanga; 13 Waylon Murray; 12 Deon van Rensburg; 11 Michael Killian; 10 Andre Pretorius; 9 Jano Vermaak; 8 Warren Whiteley; 7 Josh Strauss; 6 Derick Minnie; 5 Franco vd Merwe (capt); 4 George Earle; 3 Pat Cilliers; 2 Martin Bezuidenhout; 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
    Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku; 17 Ross Geldenhuys; 18 Wikus van Heerden; 19 Cobus Grobbelaar; 20 Rory Kockott; 21 Jannie Boshoff; 22 Burton Francis; 23 Edgar Maruthlulle; 24 Caylib Oosthuizen; 25 David Bulbring; 26 Dries van Schalkwyk; 27 Joubert Engelbrecht; 28 James Kamana/Lionel Mapoe.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.01.12 12:35:26 by beet Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 6) : Why don’t you rather hold onto those excuse cards and lay them on the table when you’re playing that promotion-relegation game against the Kings in NMbay come the end of the season. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.01.12 12:55:18 by beet Reply
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  • One thing I forgot to mention, Dylan des Fountain left the field on a stretcher . . .

    @beet (Comment 4) : Agreed, Stormers might`ve gained some momentum but not a whole lot else.
    There were so many replacements I couldn`t keep track of all the comings and goings in the second half.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.01.12 13:08:50 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @ beet
    If you don’t have anything nice to say, rather don’t. Last year before the semi’s the Lions were written off and before the final, could you please remind me what happened?

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.01.12 13:28:41 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 10) : Just joking with you. Hope you’re not offended.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.01.12 13:38:59 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : @Original Pierre (Comment 9) :

    Agreed . The Lions need to improve . But it would be silly to show all your cards in a pre-season warm up . expect the Lions to be much better against the Cheetahs .

    One thing im a bit worried about is that it sounds like we will be sending a second team to PE (even more second than this one :mrgreen: ) for the Game against the Queens because of them not sending there strongest team .

    We will see .

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.01.12 13:41:13 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 12) : especially if one isn’t holding any aces in that hand .just joking ..!

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.01.12 13:47:18 by bergshark Reply

  • That car crash sure didn’t affect Aplon’s game, and Juan is relishing his new role as first choice centre. Our scrum should improve when Andries and Elstadt join, and with Bekker I expect us to rule the lineouts this season. Plenty of time for the Lions to improve, though the fact that they couldn’t score against a thirteen man team might be worrying.

    A good momentum builder for us going into the season, anyone know when the next warmup game is?

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.01.12 14:35:04 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 14) : dunno ’bout the stormers scrum improving with bekker and elstadt there.but the line-out will be serious head-ache to all teams in sr.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.01.12 14:46:41 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 15) :
    I have to admit I’ve lost some faith in Brok Harris. He’s a real workhorse and always gives 100% but he does get into trouble at the scrums pretty often.

    I forget, what position does Elstadt usually play?

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.01.12 16:09:20 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 16) : elstadt was a 7 flank who I first saw play at lock vs sharks in that pre-season comp in ct last year.was impressed.
    Played as 4 lock in sr.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.01.12 20:07:42 by bergshark Reply


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