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Late Lions flurry buries bumbling Brumbies

The Brumbies, reduced to 14 men for the final 20 minutes, were blown away in the last quarter as the Lions reversed a 21-24 deficit to win 42-24.

Brumbies lock Rory Arnold was red carded (a second yellow in the same match) for a dangerous and late hit on Elton Jantjies and his ill-discipline proved costly.

Not only did the Brumbies lose all shape and momentum in the last 20 minutes, but they were unable to cope with the Lions one man advantage. The hosts scored three unanswered tries to finish with a bonus point win.

Jantjies, in his 100th Super Rugby match for the Lions, converted all six tries.

The Brumbies led 7-0 and then 14-7 after a powerful opening quarter. But in a game as free flowing as this one, discipline and equal numbers were always going to prove significant to the outcome. The Lions kept their discipline and 15 on the field and reaped the reward.

The win keeps the Lions in first place in the South African Conference and second overall (based on the Conference system that the leading three teams from the three respective Conferences occupy the overall top three).

Lions v Brumbies Live Match Centre

Lions – Tries: Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Robbie Coetzee, Ruan Dreyer, Marnus Schoeman, Shaun Reynolds, Lourens Erasmus. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (6).
Brumbies – Tries: Tom Banks (2), Tevita Kuridrani. Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (3). Penalty: Lealiifano.

Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: 16 Corné Fourie, 17 Jacques van Rooyen 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Len Massyn, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Ruan Combrinck.

Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Andrew Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter (co-c), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.
Subs: 16 Makin, 17 Nick Mayhew, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Lachlyn McCaffrey, 21 Tom Cusack, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Andrew Smith.

Live Match Commentary

  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 77Len Massyn comes on for Lions.
  • 77Lourens Erasmus leaves the field.
  • 77Les Makin comes on.
  • 77Folau Fainga’a comes off.
  • 77Sam Carter has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 76Franco Mostert has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 76Aphiwe Dyantyi has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 76Brumbies have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 75Elton Jantjies converts the try.
  • 75Ruan Combrinck sets up the try.
  • 75What a run here by Ruan Combrinck as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 75A wonderful passing move by Lions is finished off by Lourens Erasmus.
  • 74Corne Fourie makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 74Blake Enever comes on.
  • 74Rob Valetini comes off.
  • 73Elton Jantjies has kicked a conversion.
  • 73Ross Cronje sets up the try.
  • 73Lions are stopped just a few metres from the try line but Shaun Reynolds picks up from the base of the ruck to score the try.
  • 72Lions have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 66Andrew Smith comes on.
  • 66Christian Lealiifano comes off.
  • 65Fabulous play by Brumbies has led to Andy Muirhead being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 64Lions decide to make a substitution, with Shaun Reynolds getting some game time.
  • 64Lions decide to make a substitution, with Rohan Janse van Rensburg being replaced.
  • 63Lions make a substitution with Corne Fourie coming on.
  • 63Lions make a substitution with Robbie Coetzee coming off.
  • 63Lions sub Johannes Jonker comes onto the field.
  • 63Ruan Dreyer departs for Lions.
  • 63The Lions supporters go wild as Elton Jantjies successfully kicks the conversion.
  • 63Ben Alexander comes on for Brumbies.
  • 63Allan Alaalatoa leaves the field.
  • 63Nic Mayhew comes on.
  • 63Scott Sio comes off.
  • 62Great forward play by Lions allows Marnus Schoeman to score the try.
  • 61Sam Carter (Brumbies) is shown a yellow card.
  • 60Rory Arnold (Brumbies) is shown the red card.
  • 59Scott Sio has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 58Christian Lealiifano has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 57Lions have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 55Matt Lucas comes on.
  • 55Joe Powell comes off.
  • 55Brumbies have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 55Trouble here as Christian Lealiifano breaches the defence.
  • 54Thomas Cusack comes on.
  • 54David Pocock comes off.
  • 54Brumbies decide to make a substitution, with Lachlan McCaffrey getting some game time.
  • 54Brumbies decide to make a substitution, with Isi Naisarani being replaced.
  • 52The touch judges raise their flags as Christian Lealiifano kicks the conversion.
  • 52Spellbinding play by Christian Lealiifano is finished off with a try.
  • 51Lions make a substitution with Jacques Van Rooyen coming on.
  • 51Lions make a substitution with Dylan Smith coming off.
  • 51A series of passes by Brumbies results in a try for Thomas Banks.
  • 51This is dangerous for the defence as Thomas Banks bursts through to advance the Brumbies attack.
  • 50Lions sub Marnus Schoeman comes onto the field.
  • 50Hacjivah Dayimani departs for Lions.
  • 50Ruan Combrinck comes on for Lions.
  • 50Michael Tambwe leaves the field.
  • 50Ross Cronje comes on.
  • 50Nic Groom comes off.
  • 45Folau Fainga’a has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 44Lions have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 44David Pocock has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40+2The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 40+1Elton Jantjies adds the two points for Lions.
  • 40Nobody could stop that maul! Ruan Dreyer places the ball down for the try.
  • 36Christian Lealiifano has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 30Elton Jantjies does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 29The Lions pack has powered over for Robbie Coetzee to score the try.
  • 29Rory Arnold (Brumbies) is shown a yellow card.
  • 24Lions have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 17Brumbies have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 16Christian Lealiifano played a key part in that try.
  • 16Christian Lealiifano makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 16Tevita Kuridrani scores the try from close range.
  • 10Elton Jantjies converts the try.
  • 9That’s a great try assist by Elton Jantjies.
  • 8A gap opened in the defence and Rohan Janse van Rensburg took full advantage.
  • 8Lions are only a few metres out, surely they must score! And they do with Rohan Janse van Rensburg touching down.
  • 7Try saving tackle made by Andy Muirhead.
  • 6What a tackle there by Andy Muirhead as he saves a certain try!.
  • 2Christian Lealiifano has kicked a conversion.
  • 1Christian Lealiifano sets up the try.
  • 1Great hands by Brumbies leads to a try for Thomas Banks.
  •  The defensive line has been broken as Thomas Banks goes through the gap.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.


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