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Young Lions outpace physical Pumas

Written by Gerhard van der Westhuizen (G West)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Vodacom Cup on 20 Feb 2012 at 07:00
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The Lions warm-up game against the Pumas at the Mbombela stadium turned out to be a better spectacle than most anticipated. It was a hot afternoon and humidity made things very hard for both teams when it came to handling with both teams struggling to keep the ball in hand. The Pumas especially struggled with their handling and twice lost the ball over the try line.

Both teams started the game at pace and opted for running rugby and the Pumas managed to put the first points on the board with a penalty kick. Five minutes later thou the Lions also got off the mark with a penalty kick to make it three all. Both teams where very physical at the breakdown which ended up costing both teams a few penalties.

The Pumas were the first to cross the line with a great break from their number 15 Coenie van Wyk, that saw him run most of the field from his 22 and made a stunning long pass for the Pumas to score in the corner, the conversion however was missed and the teams went back to the changing rooms with the Pumas leading 8-3.

The second half started with the same fast paced rugby but eventually slowed down a lot with both teams making a lot of errors. The Pumas again were the first to score with a penalty that saw them lead 11-3. For much of the second half it was a stop-start affair with not much to get too excited about until the reserves came to the party. The Lions almost went for wholesale changes when they sent on six replacements at the same time . This however was just what the Lions needed and within five minutes scored their first try with a good build up and a super untouched five meter sprint from their number 22.

After the Lions try the game slowed down again with the errors cropping up and both teams got shots at goal but only the Lions managed to put theirs through the posts. The rest of the game saw both teams trying really hard to seal the game and the Pumas reverted back to their 10man rugby they played for most of last season, by bashing it up and hoping for a break by one of their big forwards. In the end both teams got some good game time ahead of the Vodacom Cup and maybe one or two Lions players were hoping to have impressed their coaches enough for a Super Rugby call-up.

Final Score:
Pumas 11 (1try, 2penalties) – Lions 13 (1try, 1 Conversion, 2 Penalties)

Players that impressed:
Lions: Francious Du Toit (no2), Warren Whiteley (c)(no8), Whestly Moolman(no9) and Marais Schmidt(no15)
Pumas: Renaldo Botha (no6), JC Roos (no10) and Coenie van Wyk(no15)


  • Glad to see Renaldo making the ‘Impress’ list

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.02.12 07:28:34 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Thanks for the report G..

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.02.12 08:16:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m keen to see this Moolman chap play. Have heard some good things about him.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.02.12 08:54:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Thx Richard. @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : His service was fast and clean, and i can’t really find fault with the way he controlled the game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.02.12 09:00:29 by G West Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :
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    Will he be featuring for the Super Squad?

    The Lions are a bit short on real quality in the 9 jersey…

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.02.12 09:05:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : I have no idea, but I hope he does otherwise I’ll not be lucky enough to finally see him.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.02.12 09:11:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    i think not . Tiaan Meyer was practicing with the Lions as scrummie cover .

    Moolman will probably play Vodacom Cup

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.02.12 09:14:47 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Well he was discarded by the Bulls after being their reserve u21 scrummy a couple of years back so he has a lot to prove in terms of worth but it sounds like he’s picked up his game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.02.12 09:16:04 by beet Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I really don’t know if he will feature in SR at all, i think there are a few players above him but you never know. John M has a way of getting the best out of the young guys and he has made some big calls in the past by playing the young guns.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.12 09:39:09 by G West Reply
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  • Good result for the Lions but its a sad thing that the Pumas are no longer in the Currie Cup

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.12 10:10:34 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 10) : Agreed, the Pumas are developing really well but then always have some sort of setback every time they get close to accomplishing something. But i do know that the Pumas will be moving to the Mbombela stadium permanently as of next year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.12 10:20:22 by G West Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 11) : Thanks for the report – this is the only site that seems to have one on the game. I believe it was as hot as hell in the lowveld on saturday afternoon which made things that much tougher.
    One minor correction – the Lions try was scored by their no 12 – not sure if that was a typo.
    The Puma’s at home are never an easy task, as some of last years Currie Cup results showed, so I think that this was a good effort from a Lions side with several youngsters still eligible for age group rugby.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.12 14:11:00 by steve Reply

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    That’s just how we roll on Sharkworld…

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.12 14:13:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.12 14:20:37 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 12) : As far is i could see it was their replacement no22 that scored but i could be wrong, the heat can play tricks on ones mind hahaha. The Pumas did basically loose against themselves thou since they lost the ball over the try-line twice.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.12 14:35:47 by G West Reply
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