Lions go down at house of pain




This was a live score update – Report to follow.





After Six Rounds the Highlanders have still not won a match. The Lions on the other hand have not won since round one in South Africa. The House of Pain is never easy to visit and pick up a win so that won’t make things easier for the Lions who are coming off a bye. The Lions are also not good travelers.

Friday April 4
Venue : Carisbrook, Dunedin
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant Referees : Ian Smith (Australia), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
TV Match Official : Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Stuart Beissel (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Highlanders 8, Lions/Cats 4
In Dunedin/Invercargill: Played 6, Highlanders 6, Lions/Cats 0
Last season: Round 2, February 10 2007: Lions 11-6 Highlanders at Ellis Park, Johannesburg


Match Detail


The Lions lost Joe van Niekerk just ahead of the match as he was ruled out with a case of the flu.


0.00 We are waiting for the kick off.


2.00: The Lions started by playing some great rugby and pushed the Highlanders into their 22.


5.00:  Fetu’u Vainikolo looked to have scored a try but lost the ball forward in the tackle.  


9.00: Craig Newby gave Johnny Leota a great pass and he went through to score the first points of the match.


10.00: The try was then converted.


14.00: Jaco van Schalkwyk scored the Lions first points of the match with a penalty.


28.00: Brett Mather picks up a knee injury but carries on as Aaron Bancroft warms up on the sideline.


30.00: Johnny Leota breaks stright through the Lions defence and scores his second try under the posts.


30.00: James Wilson converted the try.


39.53: The Siren goes for half time.


The Half time Score was Highlanders 14 Lions 3 


41.00 The Highlanders got a dream start as Paul Williams sliced through the Lions defence to score the Highlanders third try. The try was converted.


The Highlanders are now in the hunt for the bonus point try.


51.00: Overconfidence creeps into the Highlanders as the let in a try to the Lions.  Jaco van Schalkwyk is the try scorer.


52.00: Jaco van Schalkwyk converted his own try.


55.00: The Lions get right back into the match and score another try as Walter Venter dives over the line.


56.00: Jano Vermaak misses the conversion.


57.00: As the Lions charge back into the game Fetu’u Vainikolo is sent to the bin for a late charge.


59.00: Walter Venter breaks through the defence again and passes to Willem Alberts who scores the Lions third try.


The conversion is missed.


The Lions are now in the hunt for the bonus point try.


70.00: The Highlanders were awarded a penalty so James Wilson took a shot at goal and slotted teh kick to put the Highlanders four points ahead.


77.00: Aaron Bancroft scored the bonus point try for the Highlanders.


78.00: The conversion was missed.


80.00: The siren goes and the ball is booted out.


The full time score is Highlanders 29 Lions 20 


 Report to follow.





Tries – Johnny Leota (2),Paul Williams,Aaron Bancroft

Pen – James Wilson

Con -James Wilson (3)

Cards – Fetu’u Vainikolo (yellow) 



Tries –  Jaco van Schalkwyk,Walter Venter,Willem Alberts

Pen -Jaco van Schalkwyk

Con – Jaco van Schalkwyk



15. Paul Williams,14. Matt Saunders,13. Brett Mather,12. Johnny Leota,11. Fetu’u Vainikolo,10. James Wilson,9. Jimmy Cowan (VC),8. Craig Newby (C),7. Tim Boys,6. Hoani MacDonald,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Hayden Triggs,3. Clint Newlands,2. Jason Macdonald,1. Jamie Mackintosh

Reserves:16. David Hall,17. Chris King,18. Isaac Ross,19. Adam Thomson,20. Toby Morland,21. Daniel Bowden,22. Aaron Bancroft.


Louis Ludik, Dusty Noble, Jaco Pretorius, Walter Venter, Rayno Benjamin, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Joe van Niekerk, Cobus Grobbelaar (capt.), Gerhard Mostert, Anton van Zyl, Eugene Maqwelana, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Replacements: Ethienne Reynecke, Ross Geldenhuys, Dewald Senekal, Franco van der Merwe, Chris Jonck, Rudi Vogt, Jannie Boshoff.   

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