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Lions grind out victory over Melbourne Rebels

Alwyn Hollenbach of the Lions gets tackled by Mitch Inman

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Article Published: Saturday 5 July 2014|

The Lions secured back to back Super Rugby victories when they beat the Melbourne Rebels 34-17 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The result extends the Rebels losing streak to six straight matches as their last victory was over the Reds in May.

The result is the Lions biggest victory over the Rebels as the two teams have only met once before and the Lions won that 2012 match 37-32 in Johannesburg.

The victory is the Lions sixth of the season and even though the win was a scrappy affair Lions mentor Johann Ackermann will be happy with the result as it is the first time they have won six matches in Super (15) Rugby.

Like his players, Ackermann emerged as an unlikely saviour to an embattled team that only a year ago found themselves in the rugby wilderness.

With one more match left in the regular season, the fairy tale has not quite reached its final chapter.

However, the match was anything but bedtime reading as it had more bad patches than good ones.

The hosts opened the scoring with a try two minutes into the match when winger Anthony Volmink received a floating pass from flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff.

Boshoff missed the conversion kick but he did not have to wait long to take aim again for a penalty conversion in the ninth minute.

The tourists got onto the scoresheet in the 22nd minute when Tom English finished a counter attack from a turnover deep inside their own half, with Jack Debreczeni converting.

On the half-hour mark Boshoff pulled back three points for his side through a penalty conversion before Debreczeni responded with his own three pointer.

With only a point separating the sides, Boshoff extended their lead to four points with a penalty goal in the 38th minute.

The Rebels made an encouraging start to the second half as flanker Colby Faingaa scored his side's second try through a driving maul from a lineout metres from the line, with Debreczeni adding the two extra points.

The Lions' persistent attack on the Rebels' line finally paid off on the hour mark when Boshoff gave an under arm pass to flanker Warwick Tecklenburg for the try.

Boshoff added the conversion and continued to play a leading role as he added some cushioning to the score with two penalty goals.

The Rebels' chances of launching a fightback were dealt a serious blow in the 69th minute when Scott Higginbotham copped a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

The visitors were made to pay for their indiscretion as Lions captain Warren Whiteley scored the final try of the match, with Boshoff adding the conversion for a flattering 17-point victory.

Final Score  Lions 34 (14) Rebels 17 (10)


Tries - A.Volmink, W. Tecklenburg, W.Whiteley
Pen - M.Boshoff 5
Con - M.Boshoff 2
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - T.English, C. Fainga'a
Pen - J.Debreczeni 2
Con - J.Debreczeni
Drop -
Cards - S.Higginbotham (70th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels
TMO:Johan Greeff



15. Coenie van Wyk,14. Deon van Rensburg,13. Stokkies Hanekom,12. Alwyn Hollenbach,11. Anthony Volmink,10. Marnitz Boshoff,9. Ross Cronje,8. Warren Whiteley ,7. Warwick Tecklenburg,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco van der Merwe,4. Franco Mostert,3. Julian Redelinghuys,2. Robbie Coetzee,1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe,17. Jacques van Rooyen/Corne Fourie,18. Ruan Dreyer,19. Willie Britz,20. Derick Minnie,21. Faf de Klerk,22. Elton Jantjies,23. Lionel Mapoe.


1. Toby Smith,2. Shota Horie,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Hugh Pyle,5. Luke Jones,6. Colby Fainga'a,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Luke Burgess,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Tom Kingston,15. Jack Debreczeni

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Cadeyrn Neville,20. Jordy Reid,21. Nic Stirzaker, 22. Jason Woodward, 23. Telusa Veainu

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