Boshoff does it again as Lions shock Stormers

The Lions pulled off another surprise victory in Super Rugby when they outclassed the Stormers 34-10 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The Lions had lost their last 13 matches consecutively to the Stormers.

Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff again starred for his side at Ellis Park on Saturday
as they comprehensively beat the Stormers for their first victory against the
coastal side since the Cats franchise dissolved before the 2006 season.

Boshoff, who scored all of his side’s points in their victory over the Cheetahs
a week ago was again on song as he contributed 29 points to his side’s score.

The 25-year-old punched over three drop goals, six penalty conversions while
he also converted their only try of the night.

The Lions made their intentions clear from the start that they would not be
the whipping boys to the Stormers.

The match started at a frenetic pace as the two sides opened with aerial exchanges
before the Lions made the first move on attack.

The hosts threw caution to the wind and put the ball through the hands where
captain Warren Whiteley pierced the Stormers defensive line before offloading
to Stefan Watermeyer on his outside.

Watermeyer beat his man and made a beeline for the goal area to score, with
Boshoff converting.

There was no sign of the pace slowing down as the hosts fiercely attacked the
advantage line and just to demonstrate they had more in their armoury Boshoff
dropped into the pocket to execute a drop goal in the fifth minute.

To further emphasise that his fabulous one-man domination of the Cheetahs a
week before was no fluke, Boshoff punched over another drop goal four minutes
later to extend their lead to 13 points with only 10 minutes gone on the stadium
clock.

As the tempo started to dissipate the Stormers finally had an opportunity to
get onto the scoreboard in the 13th minute but flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis’ kick
missed the mark.

Two minutes later Boshoff was again lining up to take aim and made no mistake
before adding another three points on the 20 minute mark to extend his side’s
lead to 19-0.

After the restart the Stormers were rewarded a penalty just outside the Lions
22 but captain Jean de Villiers opted to go for the line where they could set
up an attacking opportunity.

On the second attempt hooker Scarra Ntobeni took the ball up and rolled out
of a tackle to score his sides first try of the night, with Catrakilis converting.

Shortly before the half-time break Boshoff pulled back three points with another
successful penalty conversion with the host leading the Stormers 22-7.

The home side were left a man short in the 43rd minute when lock Franco Mostert
copped a yellow card for collapsing an attacking maul close to the line.

They, however, managed to fend off a relentless six minute Stormers offensive
on their tryline when the visitors knocked the ball on from a pick and go.

Mostert’s absence proved of little consequence as they Lions added another
three points in the 51st minute courtesy of a Boshoff penalty conversion.

Despite conceding another yellow card in the 55th minute with prop Julian Redelinghuys
this time the guilty party, the Lions showed immense character to keep the resurging
Stormers from their line.

The Lions defensive line snuffed out the advancing Stormers attack and drove
the visitors deep back into their half of the field.

On Redelinghuys’ return to the field without his side having conceded in his
absence, Boshoff stabbed over his third drop goal in the 66th minute before
adding his fifth penalty conversion six minutes later for an almost unassailable
21-point lead.

To add insult to injury for the Stormers, Boshoff had the final say of the
match with his sixth

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