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Lions lose again on the road

This was a live match report.


Lions coach Eugene Eloff has spoken a lot this week about his team’s need to step it up in the physical department, especially at the breakdown and contact situation.


Stephen Donald scored the first points of the match with a penalty right in front of the posts.


Stephen Donald followed that up with a great try. The ref, James Leckie went upstairs and the try was awarded. Donald’s conversion shaved the left post but did not go in.


In the 22nd minute, the Chiefs got a rolling maul going driving for the line and Marty Holah dived over the line to score the Chiefs second try. The conversion was almost a copy of the previous one only this time the ball shaved the post even closer but still missed.


The Lions have not spent much time in the Chiefs half they will need to look at their tactics for the second half.


The half time was Chiefs 13 Lions 0.


The second half started much the same as the first half with the Lions on the backfoot.


The Chiefs put the Lions scrum under pressure and Marty Holah stole the ball from the Lions and passed the ball to Stephen Donald who darted through to score his second try. This time he converted.


The Chiefs sustained six minutes of pressure on their line from the Lions. the Chiefs gave away a couple of penalties but as the Lions were 20-0 down they had to go for the Try but the defence held strong.


Just when you thought the Lions were going to finish with a cleansheet in the 73rd minute Boshoff made a break down the wing and Pretorius scored a try for the Lions.


Pretorius converted the try.


The Chiefs bouced straight back as Liam Messam broke free from a tackle and went on to score the Chiefs bonus point try under the posts.


Sweeney converted the try to put the Chiefs ahead by 20 points again.  


Tu’ipulotu intercepted a Lions pass in the Chiefs 25 and runs the rest of the field untouched to score the Chiefs 5th try. The luck was with the Chiefs as Sweeney’s conversion hits the post and goes in off. 


The whistle went and the Chiefs had won their first match of the 2007 Super14 and it came with a bonus point.  


Full time score Chiefs 34 Lions 7




Tries – Stephen Donald (2) ,Marty Holah,Liam Messam
Penalty – Stephen Donald
Conversion – Stephen Donald ,Sweeney(2)


Tries -Pretorius
Penalty –
Conversion – Pretorius



Chiefs: 15 Dwayne Sweeney, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 12 Tasesa Lavea, 11 Roy Kinikinilau, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Sione Lauaki, 5 Keith Robinson, 4 Kristian Ormsby, 3 Nathan White, 2 Tom Willis (c), 1 Simms Davison
Replacements: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Ben Castle, 18 Toby Lynn, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Jamie Nutbrown, 21 Niva Ta’auso, 22 Jared Payne.

Lions: 15 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jaco Pretorius, 11 Wylie Human, 10 Andr’ Pretorius (c), 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Jacques Cronj’, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Bertus Smit, 18 Gordon Gilfillan, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Enrico Januarie, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Jannie Boshoff.

Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Touch judges: George Ayoub (Australia) Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
Television match official: Jonothan White (New Zealand)
Assessor: Alan Riley (New Zealand), Dennis Immelman (South Africa)
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