Lame Lions edge tight encounter

The Lions pulled off an unimpressive 19-13 win over Boland in Wellington on Friday.

The match was played on a wet pitch and Boland made most of the early running, leading 6-0 after 12 minutes courtesy of two penalties from fullback Justin Peach.

But the visitors were the first team to cross the tryline when they won a turnover and quickly shifted the ball down the backline with left wing Henno Mentz, who rounded off the move.

Flyhalf Earl Rose nailed the conversion and the Lions took the lead for the first time in the game.

Boland went in to the break trailing by one point and fell further behind early in the second half courtesy of a Rose penalty. But the hosts regained the lead in the 50th minute after they were awarded a penalty try when Rose was blown up for a stiff arm tackle on Boland left wing Ernie Kruger.

Despite the offense, Rose stayed on the field and slotted three more penalties to seal the win for the Lions.

The result leaves Boland with a solitary win from their five matches this season, while the Lions improved their record to three wins from five games.