Lions beat Waratahs in Johannesburg

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Johannesburg based Lions and the Sydney based Waratahs the Lions have won none.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Waratahs kick off and we are underway. 

2.00: The Lions run the ball as much as they can in the opening stages. Jaco Kriel breaks down the wing but then loses the ball. Israel Folau gets the ball but he is called back for the knock on. 

4.00: The Lions set up a line out on the Waratahs 5m line. They win the line out and try to use the maul but the Waratahs stop it. 

5.00: The Lions retain the ball and they send the ball outwide to Ruan Combrinck who scores in the corner. The Lions are on the board. 

Elton Jantjies takes the conversion kick and nails it. 

8.00: The Wartatahs up their intensity and get the ball down into the Lions 22. They win a penalty so Bernard Foley signals that they will go for posts. 

9.00: Foley slots the penalty. The Waratahs are on the board. 

13.00: The Waratahs work the ball  up to the LIons 22. Folau gets them into the 22. The Lions push them back a little but the Waratahs continue to attack. 

15.00: The Waratahs go through 10 phases and they get the advantage. They play on. Eventually the Waratahs get a penalty. Foley kicks for touch. 

16.00:The Wartatahs win the line out but the Lions stop the initial attack. The Waratahs go wide and then another penalty. They tap the ball and continue with the attack. 

17.00: The Waratahs attack is relentless. They go over the line so we go to the TMO. The Waratahs also have an advantage. Replay shows a clear grounding. Stephen Hoiles is the TRY Scorer. 

18.00: Foley adds the conversion. 

20.00; Jaco Kriel breaks for the Lions. He is caught but the Lions retain the ball and kick for the corner. The Waratahs win the ball from the line out and kick for touch. 

22.00: Faf de Klerk breaks through but he passes wildly to Warren Whiteley and the ball is lost to the ground. 

26.00: The TMO is called in for a tackle on Lionel Mapoe by Rob Horne. he is shown a yellow card for not bringing the player down safely. 

28.00: Elton Jantjies takes a shot at the posts for a penalty. He nails it to level the scores. 

30.00: Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to break down the wing but is caught. The Waratahs press the Lions back into their half. Foley passes to Folau but the ball hits Folau in the face. 

33.00: Ruan Combrinck breaks from inside the Lions half. He is stopped and Faf de Klerk goes for the line. he can’t get over and the Lions recycle and this time Combrinck scores. TRY! 

35.00: Jantjies takes the conversion kick and curls it in. 

39.00: As the siren sounds for half time the Waratahs win a penalty from the scrum. Foley signals that he will take a shot at goal. 

41.00: Kurtley Beale decides to take the kick. He lines up, takes the shot but misses. Its half time. 

The half time score was Lions 17 Waratahs 10

The Lions kick off and we are underway with the second half. Jacques Potgieter has come on for the Waratahs. 

41.00: The Lions win a penalty from the scrum. They will kick for posts. 

43.00: Jantjies hits the post and the ball bounces in. 

44.00: The TMO is called in as there was a no arms tackle on Warren Whiteley by Jacques Potgieter. He is yellow carded. Jantjies finds touch. 

46.00: Kutley Beale makes a break for the Waratahs. He looks like he is through but Jaco Kriel tackles him. The Lions recycle and Harold Vorster races down the wing and races in to score. TRY – the TMO checks the TRY.

47.00: Jantjies adds the conversion. 

50.00: The Waratahs look to hit back. TRhey go through 7 phases on attack in the Lions 22. They suck the Lions in and they go wide and Adam Ashley-Cooper scores in the corner without being touched. 

52.00: Foley takes the conversion kick but it is wide. 

54.00: The Waratahs move the ball through the hands on attack. Skosan gets the ball and races for the line and scores. However the TMO is called in to check for a knock on by Andries Coetzee. there was a knock on so no try. 

57.00: The Waratahs stretch the Lions again and this time Rob Horne scores in the corner. TRY! 

58.00: Foley slots the conversion. 

59.00: Taqele Naiyaravoro almost gets through the Lions defence but an ankle tap just brings him down. 

62.00: Penalty to the Lions. They will kick for posts. He misses. 

65.00: Another penalty to the Lions. Jantjies takes the kick but misses again. 

69.00: The Waratahs are upping the intensity now. They move the ball down the line but Folau takes his eye off the ball and knock on. 

71.00; The TMO is called in for a call of foul play. Nick Phipps is penalised for tackling a player without the ball. Penalty to the Lions. Jantjies will kick for posts. 

72.00: Jantjies takes the kick but misses. 

74.00: The Lions win the put in at a scrum in the Waratahs 22 for a knock on. 

77.00: The Lions send several waves of attack at the Waratahs but the visitors hang on and defend until the Lions knock on. The Waratahs have a defensive scrum in their 22. 

78.00: the Waratahs come away with the ball from the scrum and run at the Lions. They make ground and then win a penalty. The Tahs kick for touch. 

79.00: The Waratahs win the line out. The Waratahs attack on the half way line. 

80.00: The siren sounds as the Waratahs get over the half way line. The Lions turn the ball over and kick it out. 

Thats it the Lions have won. 

The full time score is Lions 27 (17) Waratahs 22 (10)


Tries – R.Combrinck 2, H.Vorster
Pen – E.Jantjies 2
Con – E.Jantjies 3
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – S.Hoiles, A.Ashley-Cooper, R.Horne
Pen – B.Foley
Con – B.Foley 2
Drop –
Cards -R,Horne (26th min yellow), J.Potgieter (44th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Pro Legote
TMO :Johan Greeff



15. Andries Coetzee , 14. Ruan Combrinck , 13. Lionel Mapoe , 12. Harold Vorster , 11. Courtnall Skosan , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Faf de Klerk , 8. Warren Whiteley (c) , 7. Warwick Tecklenburg , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco Mostert , 4. Martin Muller , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Armand van der Merwe , 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Malcolm Marx , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. Robert Kruger , 20. Kwagga Smith , 21. Ross Cronje , 22. Marnitz Boshoff , 23. Stokkies Hanekom


1.Benn Robinson,2.Hugh Roach,3.Sekope Kepu,4.Mitchell Chapman,5.David Dennis (C),6.Stephen Hoiles,7.Michael Hooper (VC),8.Wycliff Palu,9.Nick Phipps,10Bernard Foley,11.Rob Horne,12.Kurtley Beale,13.Adam Ashley-Cooper (VC),14.Taqele Naiyaravoro,15.Israel Folau

Replacements:16.David Porecki,17.Jeremy Tilse,18.Paddy Ryan,19.Jacques Potgieter,20.Dean Mumm,21.Pat McCutcheon,22.Brendan McKibbin,23.Matt Carraro

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