Super Rugby

Lions beat Stormers in Johannesburg




The Lions have played the Stormers 23 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Lions have won 7 matches, lost 15 and drawn one.

The average score across all venues when the Lions play the Stormers is Lions 20 Stormers 24.

  • The Lions have won their last two games against the Stormers.
  • They had previously won once in 13 games against the Cape side (D1, L11).
  • The Lions have lost back to back matches for the first time since February 2015.
  • The Lions have won the last 17 South African derbies, not losing a match on home turf since the Stormers turned them over in February 2015.
  • The Lions have averaged five tries per match this season, the best rate of any side in the competition.
  • Stormers’ Siya Kolisi has missed more tackles than any other player this season (21), team-mate Raymond Rhule (19), is second on the list.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in the City of Gold.

1.00: TRY! Madosh Tambwe is over in under 60 seconds; what a start! 5-0

2.00: CONVERSION: Elton Jantjies adds the extras. 7-0

6.00: The Lions have started well and they have the Stormers under the pump.

9.00: TRY! Tambwe has his second. It came from quickly recycled ball near the Stormers’ goal-line. The winger took the ball at first receiver and barged over for his second. 12-0

10.00: MISS! Jantjies misses a pretty easy attempt.

12.00: NEARLY! Ruan Combrinck goes close but is tackled into touch.

13.00: TRY! Tambwe has a 13-minute hat-trick. It came after Andries Coetzee’s chip-kick, which the flyer gathered before speeding away in the corner. 17-0

14.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies nails the touchline conversion. 19-0

16.00: The Stormers are all over the place.

17.00: Steven Kitshoff is penalised in the scrum and the Lions clear the danger.

20.00: TRY! Wilco Louw powers over Hacjivah Dayimani to put the visitors on the board. It came from Dillyn Leyds’ earlier break and Pieter-Steph du Toit’s supporting run and carry. 19-5

21.00: CONVERSION: SP Marais adds the extras. 19-7

24.00: The Stormers have momentum, now. They are going through the phases, pushing the Lions back.

25.00: Superb work at the breakdown by Malcolm Marx. The Lions get the penalty.

26.00: TRY! Lionel Mapoe beats Leyds’ tackle and rolls over the goal-line for the fourth Lions try. It came from Kwagga Smith’s turnover at the ruck and quick ball to Jantjies. The fly-half broke and sent Mapoe away and the centre was rewarded with five points. 24-7

27.00: MISS! Jantjies shaves the lefthand up-right. 24-7

30.00: The Stormers have possession, but they are flat-footed. Pieter-Steph du Toit is carrying with conviction; the only Stormer who is taking the game to the Lions.

31.00: The Stormers are losing the battle at the gain-line. Going nowhere, unless they let their ball carriers, loose.

32.00: Combrinck shows his skills with a wonderful kick to the corner flag that pins the Stormers inside their 22.

34.00: Robbie Fleck’s team have recovered, slightly, from the shell shock of the opening half-hour, but they have lots of work to do on attack and defence.

35.00: Raymond Rhule breaks into the Lions’ 22. Du Toit is carried forward by his pack. The Lions are penalised for offsides and will take a shot at goal.

36.00: PENALTY! Marais slots the simple kick. 24-10

37.00: NO TRY! Brilliant by the Cape side. Siya Kolisi breaks around the edge of the ruck and sends Marais away. However, EW Viljoen lost the ball forward in the build-up and the try is chalked off.

38.00: The Stormers are still in this game. When they are hot on attack, they are hot. Lions must be wary.

39.00: Kitshoff is pinged for the second time at the scrum. He will need to fix the problem at the half.

41.00: TRY! Kwagga Smith hands off Kitshoff and Marais after an angled run. The pass came from Dillon Smit’s inside ball to the Blitzboks legend. 29-10

41.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies can’t miss from in front. 31-10

The half-time score was Lions 31 Stormers 10

41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway in Johannesburg. 

42.00: Rhule loses the ball trying to run from his 22. The Cape men will need to look after the ball if they are to mount a comeback.

46.00: TRY! Franco Mostert is in for the fifth. Jantjies created the try by beating a defender, throwing a dummy and giving the pass to Marvin Orie, who played his skipper on his outside shoulder. 36-10

47.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the extras. 38-10

49.00: Damian Willemse’s break into the Lions 22 is thwarted by a knock on.

52.00: TRY! Tambwe has four! He beats Willemse to Jantjies’ cross-kick and races away for his fourth score of the afternoon. 43-10

53.00: CONVERSION! Another successful kick by the flyhalf extends the lead. 45-10

57.00: The Lions have won every battle; the breakdown; the set-pieces; the restarts – everything.

59.00: TRY! Willemse’s fancy moves see him over for his fifth Super Rugby try. 45-15

60.00: CONVERSION! Marais adds the two. 45-17

61.00: Steven Kitshoff is finally put out of his misery.

62.00: TRY! Ruan Combrinck is back on the scoresheet. The flyer cruised over after some slick handling by Jantjies and Coetzee. The Lions sucked in the defenders, creating space in the outside channels. 50-17

63.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies slots his sixth conversion of the afternoon. 52-17

67.00: this has been a vintage performance by Swys de Bruin’s men. Wow! That’s all that can be said.

71.00: The Stormers have some rare possession inside the Lions’ half.

73.00: TRY! Paul de Wet finishes off a superb move. It was Rhule who made the try, spinning out of a tackle and sending him away. 52-22

73.00: CONVERSION! Willemse adds the extras. 52-24

75.00: Some more possession for the Cape team, who are not throwing in the towel. What else can they do?

76.00: The game is stopped because the injury cart is on the field. Willemse is being checked by the medic.

77.00: YELLOW CARD! Orie is sent to the bin for three infringements. That is the Lions’ first card of the campaign. 

79.00: The referee has had enough; the next infringement at the maul will result in another card.

80.00: Time is up on the Highveld, but the visitors will have one last shot for another try.

83.00: Somehow, the Lions are still up for keeping the Stormers out of their in-goal area. Another scrum to the visitors.

84.00: Rhule knocks on Willemse’s pass with the try-line at his mercy. But, the Stormers get another penalty. Scrum.

85.00: PENALTY TRY! Jaco Peyper has had enough. 


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The final score: Lions 52 (31) Stormers 31 (10)


Tries – Tambwe (4), Mapoe, K. Smith, Mostert, Combrinck
Pen –
Con – Jantjies (6)
Drop –
Cards – Orie (Yellow, 77′)

Tries – Louw, Willemse, De Wet, Penalty Try
Pen – Marais
Con – Marais (2), Willemse
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO: Willie Vos



15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Francois Mostert (captain), 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.


15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Craig Barry.

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