Vodacom Super Rugby: Lions (39) v Blues (36)* F/T

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2014 at 14:00
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Finally, a game in SA! The Blues took a smack at Loftus last week… will things go better for them as they move a little further south?

For most fans, though, the real interest here is to gauge just how far the Lions’ recovery has progressed as they measure themselves against foreign opposition for the first time.

Kick-off at Ellis Park is at 3pm.

Lions: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Jonker, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Ruan Combrinck.

Blues: 15 Benji Marshall, 14 Frank Halai, 13 George Moala, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Piri Weepu , 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Brendon O’Connor, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Sam Prattley, 18, Angus Ta’avao, 19 Liaki Moli, 20 Jordan Manihera, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Jackson Willison.


  • The Kiwi style could surprise some of the Lions. Only 7 or 8 has ever played against a Kiwi side.

    Hopefully they can keep it together otherwise it could become a long day

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.14 14:28:54 by Baylion Reply
  • Halftime
    Lions 17
    Blues 0

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.14 15:53:40 by Mutley Reply
  • 60min
    Lions 30
    Blues 15

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.14 16:29:34 by Mutley Reply
  • Well done Lions….

    ….would love to hear the Lions players and coach’s comments re: the ref 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.14 16:50:00 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Lions win 39-36

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.14 16:50:01 by Mutley Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Nothing wrong with the ref 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.14 16:52:35 by Baylion Reply

  • Is it just me, or are the calls made by the refs very dodgy from minute 60 onward?

    I wonder if they’re struggling to keep up with the pace, and lose concentration in the last 20.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.14 16:54:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) :

    We were very, very lucky to be awarded that try, pretty blatant knock on. But hey, sometimes they go for you, sometimes they go against you. In the end it all evens out.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.14 17:38:03 by 13 Reply

  • Congrats Lions fans! Missed this game but happy you got your result!

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.14 20:55:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @13 (Comment 8) : No it wasn’t. If the ball is ripped out of the ball carrier’s hands it’s not necessarily a knockon.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.14 06:59:28 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : I wish the bright-spark self appointed judges of referees worldwide (namely SS commentators) will actually do their job and learn the rules of the game.

    Naas seemed to know what he was talking about then.

    That should deter players from slapping the ball out of the oppositions hands, and rather make a proper tackle.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.14 07:54:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : True. Both commentators agred that the ball was ripped out of van Rensburg hands but were then surprised that the decision went in favour of the Lions.

    Craig Joubert made a similar decision against the Stormers in the lead up to one of the Crusaders tries.

    On the game: the one disappointing aspect was that the Lions concentration (and defence) slipped in the second half and they conceded 5 tries.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.14 08:07:58 by Baylion Reply

  • Firstly didnt see the same …

    Secondly the commentators should be the last people whose opinion we use to judge a decision. Theyre wrong more than theyre right these days …

    Lastly a knockon is not based on who is holding the ball but the influence that both the tackler and the player being tackled have on the ball.

    If for example I knock the ball out of the hands during a tackle (and it comes off my hand) I make and because of the momentum I add it goes backwards for the attacking team by definition it would be a foward against me. Similarly if I rip the ball or knock it out of the attacking players hand and it appears as if the player had knocked the ball on it will not be deemed a knockon

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.14 08:29:50 by byron Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) :

    Thanks for the clarification Bay, I stand corrected. 😳

    @Baylion (Comment 12) :

    Agree with you, our defence in the second half was very poor. We allowed the game to become too loose, which suited the Blues, when we should have tightened up and closed it out.

    We are a very young, inexperienced team, so hopefully we can take the right lessons from this game and should we find ourselves in a similiar situation in the future not repeat the same mistakes we made yesterday.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.14 10:05:56 by 13 Reply


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