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Lions beat Rebels in Johannesburg

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Article Published: Saturday 7 July 2012|

History will be made in more ways than one when the Lions host the Rebels at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Lions kick off and we are underway.
1.58: The Lions counter attack after a line out and they move the ball to Waylon Murray who darts in to score the first TRY!
2.00: Eltjon Jantjies takes the kick and nails it.
4.00: Rebels showing some flair in attack but the Lions are up to the task.
6.00: The Lions try the high ball and Huxley goes for the ball and completely misses it.
9.00: The Lions enjoy a good phase of play with passing and  keep moving the ball from side to side untile Derick Minnie scores the seond try of the match.
10.00: Elton Jantjies takes the kick and nails it.
14.00: The Lions are running the ball freely and are unusually entertainingly adventurous. Elton Jantjies passes the ball forward which ends another good spell of play.
16.00: Penalty to the Lions. Jantjies takes the kick and nails it. Its a point a minute.
18.00: The Rebels are managing to stem the tide a little.
22.00: The Rebels have a line out just on the Lions 22m line. They win the line out and Mortlock makes a break but later Jono Owen loses the ball and a try scoring opportunity is lost.
24.00: Mortlock takes a knock and needs some medical help after a Jantjies tackle which holds the game up. Gerrard kicks for the corner and the Rebels have a line out in the corner.
27.00: The Lions defence has been strong over the last five minutes as the Rebels have enjoyed sustained attack. Eventually the Lions get the ball to Jantjies who kicks it out.
30.00: The Lions pressure the ball into Rebels territory but the Rebels have a line out. The Rebels attack but the Lions turn it over and attack. Bondesio breaks and gets the Lions over the gain line.
33.00: The Lions go through the phases at short range from the tryline. The Rebels hang on.
34.00: The Lions win a penalty but they kick for the corner instead of the posts. Minnie busts over after the line out and gets back to his feet a little and then maks more ground to get the ball closer to the posts. That's the Lions third try.
36.00: Jantjies takes the conversion kick and nails it. Thats four from four.
38.00: The Lions break through the Rebels defence again but this time Butch James passes wildly and the ball goes to ground. The Rebels use the chance to attack but they can't find a hole.
40.01: The Rebels get a chance for points just before half time with a 5m line out.
40.40: The Siren sounds as the Rebels take the line out. They drive over and Ged Robinson scores.
42.00: Julian Huxley takes the conversion kick and nails it. It's half time.
The half time score was Lions 24 Rebels 7
Huxley kicks off and we are underway.
42.00: The Lions try to attack but the Rebels manage to stop on and then they turn the ball over and the Lions knock on.
45.00: Penalty to the Rebels. They kick for touch which sets up a 5m line out.
46.00: The Rebels win the line out but its scrappy. They move the ball closer to the posts but the Lions slow them down.Rebels go through 7 phases and then they score. Hugh Pyle is the try scorer.
48.00; Huxley nails the conversion and the Rebels are edging back into this match.
49.00: The Rebels enjoy some good running ball and they get to the line with an overlap of four and Hugh Pyle scores his second.
51.00: Julian Huxley takes the conversion and it just fades out.
53.00: Ettienne Oosthuizen comes on for Franco Van der Merwe. The Rebels kick for territory but Butch James kicks the ball back and gains ground much to the small crowd's delight.
55.00: Lachlan Mitchell comes on for Stirling Mortlock.
57.00: The Rebels are doing most of the playing now as the Lions have slipped back into how they have played all season.
58.00: Penalty to the Rebels. Huxley will kick for posts. He nails it. That's 22 unanswered points from the Rebels.
60.00: Lions edging back into the game. They win a penalty from a scrum and will kick for posts.
61.00: Jantjies takes the kick and nails it. That's five from five.
62.00: Elton Jantjies tries to kick to clear the ball in the Lions 25. The ball is charged down and James Hilgendorf chases and scores. Thats a bonus point try.
64.00: Huxley adds the conversion and the Rebels lead.
The Rebels have their tails up now and the Lions are becoming frustrated. Joshua Strauss has been replaced.
66.00: Michael Bondesio makes a break for the Lions but as he gets to the 25 he fails to release in a tackle and the Rebels have a penalty.
70.00: The Lions concede their 12th penalty overall (the Rebels have conceded 4) this time for not rolling away so Huxley has a shot at goal. He nails it.
73.00: The Lions set up a maul but it slows and then stops. The ball pops out and  Jaco Kriel races away and scores in the corner. Bonus point try.
74.00: Elton Jantjies takes the conversion kick and nails it from almost the touch line. Thats 6 from 6. Lions lead.
75.00: The Rebels are fighting back. However they don't release in the tackle and the Lions have a penalty. They kick for touch.
77.00: The Lions set up a maul again but it goes to ground and the Rebels get a scrum.
78.00: The Rebels spin the ball wide looking to get the ball downfield but the pass goes straight out.
79.00: Jantjies looks to seal the result with a drop goal but misses. The Lions however have a penalty.
80.00: Jantjies slosts the penalty.
The full time score is Lions 37 Rebels 32

Tries - W Murray, D Minine 2, J.Kriel
Pen - E Jantjies 3
Con - E Jantjies 4
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - G Robinson, H Pyle 2, J Hilgendorf
Pen - J Huxley 2
Con - J Huxley 3
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Francisco Pastrana
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : Johan Meuweson



15 James Kamana , 14 Lionel Mapoe , 13 Waylon Murray , 12 Butch James , 11 Anthonie Volmink , 10 Elton Jantjies , 9 Michael Bondesio , 8 Joshua Strauss (c) , 7 Grant Hattingh , 6 Derick Minnie , 5 Franco Van der Merwe , 4 Hendrik Roodt , 3 Jacobie Adriaanse , 2 Callie Visagie , 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements : 16 Martin Bezuidenhout , 17 Ruan Dreyer , 18 Etienne Oosthuizen , 19 Jaco Kriel , 20 Ross Cronje , 21 JR Esterhuizen , 22 Ruan Combrinck


1. Nic Henderson,2. Ged Robinson,3. Jono Owen,4. Cadeyrn Neville,5. Al Campbell,6. Tim Davidson,7. Hugh Perrett,8. Gareth Delve (VC),9. Nick Phipps,10. James Hilgendorf,11. Cooper Vuna,12. Stirling Mortlock (C),13. Mitch Inman,14. Mark Gerrard,15. Julian Huxley

Replacements : 16. Adam Freier,17. Paul Alo-Emile,18. Hugh Pyle,19. Luke Jones,20. Richard Kingi,21. Lachlan Mitchell,22. Lloyd Johannson.

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