Super Rugby

Lions beat Blues in Johannesburg




The second Super Rugby match on Saturday in South Africa is in Johannesburg where the Lions host the Blues at Emirates Airlines (Ellis) Park, Johannesburg.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

The Lions kick off and the match is underway. Weather conditions are awful as its cold and pouring with rain in Johannesburg.

The ball goes almost straight into touch. The Blues put the ball in and the Lions come away with it.

1.00: The Lions crash their way to the tryline and Warren Whiteley goes over and scores. TRY!

2.00: Jantjies misses the conversion.

6.00: Its still pouring down in Johannesburg. The Lions have the ball in the Blues 22. They kick to the corner and Courtnall Skosan chases and scores in the corner. TRY! kick was from Jantjies.

8.00: Jantjies takes the conversion and nails it.

10.00: The Lions go through 5 phases and Jantjies chips the ball ahead and Rohan Janse van Rensburg chases and scores. TRY!

11.00: Jantjies adds the conversion. The Blues are stunned.

14.00: The Blues work the ball into the Lions 22. They go through 9 phases and get to the line. The Blues go again and again at the line. 11 phases.

15.00: The Blues have the advantage and they kick across the field but it goes out. The Blues kick to the corner for the line out.

16.00: The Lions defend the line out.

19.00: the Lions work the ball into the Blues half. Conditions are awful which prevents the game from flowing at times. The Lions – at times at playing like the conditions are normal.

22.00: Penalty to the Lions. Jantjies takes the penalty kick but misses. Just shaved the post.

25.00: The Lions kick to the corner.

27.00: The Blues win the line out and West clears the ball into touch.

28.00: The Blues chip ahead and chase. The Blues get the ball and it goes into touch on the far side.

30.00: Both teams starting to kick the ball more now rather than run it in the pouring rain.

32.00: The Lions pass the ball back to Jaco van der Walt but he drops the slippery ball, knocks on and doesn’t release.  The Blues kick to the corner.

34.00: The Blues win the line out but then win a penalty. The Lions defend the line out and the Blues get pressed back deep into their half.

37.00: The Lions win a line out in the Blues half and on the 22. Jantjies kicks to the corner instead of going for posts.

38.00: The Blues win the line out and clear the ball into touch.

39.00: Penalty to the Lions in the Blues 22 for a dangerous tackle. They kick for touch and the line out.

40.15; The siren sounds. The line out will be on the half way line. The Lions win the ball and Ross Cronje kicks it into touch.

The half time score is Lions 19 Blues 0

The Blues (West) kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Blues kick the ball back upfield after the Lions boot it back to them. The Blues win the line out.

42.00: West kicks high and the Blues chase. The Lions boot it back. No body wants the ball.

43.00: The Blues win the line out but knock on. The Lions win the scrum.

45.00: The Lions attack and Cronje chips ahead but Jantjies was offside. The Lions are called back for an earlier penalty. Jantjies kicks for touch and sets up the Lions line out in the Blues 22.

47.00: The Lions win the line out. They try the maul and then go wide. Skosan offloads to Lionel Mapoe who slips through and scores. TRY!

47.00: Jantjies adds the conversion.

49.00: The Blues put the Lions under some pressure but Jantjies puts the ball into touch. The Lions win the line out on the Blues throw. They run the ball into the Blues 22 and win a penalty. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

50.00: The Lions drive over the line after winning the line out. Warwick Tecklenburg comes up with the ball. TRY!

51.00: Jantjies takes the conversion. He hits the post.

56.00; Lots of replacements coming on for both sides. Ross Cronje is off and Faf de Klerk is on. Jerome Kaino is off too.

58.00: The rain appears to have slowed a little.

62.00: The Lions work the ball up to the line. They pass the ball short to Mapoe who goes over. There is however a penalty for side entry by Ofa Tu’ungafasi. The Lions choose the scrum.

64.00: The Lions win the scrum and they pass the ball out to Lionel Mapoe who scores next to the posts. TRY! His second.

65.00: The conversion is added by Jantjies.

69.00: The Lions work the ball into the Blues 22. A kicking contest follows. De Klerk knocks it on and the Blues enjoy a short advantage.

73.00: The Blues finally get on the scoreboard as Joe Edwards shoves off a tackle and runs in to score. TRY!

74.00: Ihaia West misses the conversion.

77.00: The Blues grind the ball into the Lions half. They go through several phases and the Lions turn the ball over and run it straight to the tryline and Mapoe scores. TRY! Hat trick try.

79.00: Comnbrink takes the conversion but misses.

80.00: The siren sounds. That’s it. The Lions have won.

The full time score is Lions 43 (19) Blues 5 (0) 


Tries – W.Whiteley, C.Skosan, R. Janse van Rensburg. L.Mapoe 3, W.Tecklenburg
Pen –
Con – E.Jantjies 4
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – J.Edwards
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2:Pro Legoete
TMO :Shaun Veldsman



15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12.Rohan Janse van Rensburg , 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Ruan Ackermann, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements: 16. Armand van der Merwe , 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Cyle Brink, 21.Faf de Klerk , 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza


Sam Prattley, James Parsons (c), Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Hoani Matenga, Jerome Kaino, Tanerau Latimer, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, George Moala, Melani Nanai, Lolagi Visinia.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Nic Mayhew, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Kara Pryor, Joe Edwards; Billy Guyton, Matt McGahan, Male Sau.

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