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Lions lose Marx and lose in Wellington

Malcolm Marx is out of the Lions Super Rugby tour of New Zealand with a groin injury. Marx lasted less than 10 minutes as the Lions crashed to a 28-19 defeat against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

The Hurricanes led 14-0 after 38 minutes and 28-7 after 50 minutes and a late Lions converted try influenced the betting spreads more than the league standings.

Hurricanes winger Ben Lam continued his impressive season with three of the home team’s four tries. Beauden Barrett kicked superbly in very difficult wind conditions in converting all four tries.

Sylvian Mahuza scored a wonderful individual try but there would be no team delight for a Lions team who lost for the fifth time in 11 starts.

  • The Hurricanes have won each of their previous six home games against the Lions by an average margin of 16 points per game.
  • The Hurricanes have won their last eight games on the bounce, scoring four or more tries in all but one of those eight victories.
  • The Hurricanes haven’t lost a home game against South African opposition since Round 11, 2013 (v Stormers); they’ve picked up 11 wins on the trot since that defeat.
  • The Lions have lost three of their last four games away from home, and lost back-to-back away matches for the first time in a single regular season since 2014.

Scorers: 

Hurricanes 28 (14)

Tries: Ben Lam (3), Ardie Savea

Conversions: Beauden Barrett (4)

Lions 19 (7)

Tries: Nic Groom, Marnus Schoeman, Sylvian Mahuza

Conversion: Elton Jantjies (2)

Teams:

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith

Substitutes: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Nehe Milner-Skudder

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Franco Mostert (captain), 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

LIVE MATCH CENTRE

MATCH COMMENTARY

  •  It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 79Brad Shields has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 79What a run here by Sylvian Mahuza as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 77Hurricanes have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 77Marnus Schoeman has made 20 good tackles so far this game.
  • 75The touch judges raise their flags as Elton Jantjies kicks the conversion.
  • 74Sylvian Mahuza makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 74A stunning solo try from Sylvian Mahuza.
  • 72Hurricanes make a substitution with Sam Lousi coming on.
  • 72Hurricanes make a substitution with Michael Fatialofa coming off.
  • 72Hurricanes sub Michael Fatialofa comes onto the field.
  • 72Sam Lousi departs for Hurricanes.
  • 71Robbie Coetzee has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 69Hacjivah Dayimani comes on for Lions.
  • 69Cyle Brink leaves the field.
  • 69Kwagga Smith has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 68Reed Prinsep comes on.
  • 68Gareth Evans comes off.
  • 68Fabulous play by Lions has led to Rohan Janse van Rensburg being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 67Lions have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 66Jamie Booth comes on.
  • 66Finlay Christie comes off.
  • 66Marvin Orie comes on.
  • 66Lourens Erasmus comes off.
  • 65Hurricanes decide to make a substitution, with Ihaia West getting some game time.
  • 65Hurricanes decide to make a substitution, with Nehe Milner-Skudder being replaced.
  • 65Hurricanes make a substitution with Vince Aso coming on.
  • 65Hurricanes make a substitution with Julian Savea coming off.
  • 65Lions sub Ashlon Davids comes onto the field.
  • 65Andries Coetzee departs for Lions.
  • 65Sylvian Mahuza comes on for Lions.
  • 65Ruan Combrinck leaves the field.
  • 62Ardie Savea has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 60Chris Eves comes on.
  • 60Jeff Toomaga-Allen comes off.
  • 60Sam Lousi comes on.
  • 60Michael Fatialofa comes off.
  • 58Elton Jantjies has hooked the conversion to the right of the posts.
  • 57Fraser Armstrong comes on.
  • 57Toby Smith comes off.
  • 57Hurricanes decide to make a substitution, with James O’Reilly getting some game time.
  • 57Hurricanes decide to make a substitution, with Ricky Riccitelli being replaced.
  • 56Marnus Schoeman scores the try from close range.
  • 55Beauden Barrett adds the two points for Hurricanes.
  • 55Lions make a substitution with Rohan Janse van Rensburg coming on.
  • 55Lions make a substitution with Harold Vorster coming off.
  • 55Lions sub Johannes Jonker comes onto the field.
  • 55Jacobie Adriaanse departs for Lions.
  • 55Ruan Dreyer comes on for Lions.
  • 55Dylan Smith leaves the field.
  • 53Matt Proctor played a key part in that try.
  • 53Silky skills by Hurricanes ends with a try for Ben Lam.
  • 53Trouble here as Ben Lam breaches the defence.
  • 53This is dangerous for the defence as Gareth Evans bursts through to advance the Hurricanes attack.
  • 52A gap opened in the defence and Beauden Barrett took full advantage.
  • 52The defensive line has been broken as Marnus Schoeman goes through the gap.
  • 51Lions have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 46Beauden Barrett does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 45That’s a great try assist by Ngani Laumape.
  • 44A wonderful passing move by Hurricanes is finished off by Ben Lam.
  • 44Hurricanes have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 42Marnus Schoeman has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 40Elton Jantjies makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 39Lions are only a few metres out, surely they must score! And they do with Nic Groom touching down.
  • 33Hurricanes have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 33What a run here by Ardie Savea as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 30Lions have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 26Beauden Barrett converts the try.
  • 25Matt Proctor sets up the try.
  • 24A series of passes by Hurricanes results in a try for Ardie Savea.
  • 24Matt Proctor makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 19Fabulous play by Hurricanes has led to Ricky Riccitelli being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 17Trouble here as Aphiwe Dyantyi breaches the defence.
  • 12This is dangerous for the defence as Ricky Riccitelli bursts through to advance the Hurricanes attack.
  • 10Hurricanes have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 10A gap opened in the defence and Beauden Barrett took full advantage.
  • 8Beauden Barrett has kicked a conversion.
  • 8Robbie Coetzee comes on.
  • 8Malcolm Marx comes off.
  • 7Great hands by Hurricanes leads to a try for Ben Lam.
  • 7The defensive line has been broken as Ben Lam goes through the gap.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.

 

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