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Lions roar at Loftus to batter depleted and bloodied Bulls

The Lions, playing 15 to 13 for 10 minutes, turned an anxious 21-all situation into a crushing 49-35 win against the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Bulls showed great fitness to finish with an unanswered 14 points, including a brilliant solo try from winger Travis Ishmaiel.

The Lions scored four converted tries with the two man advantage

Elton Jantjies and Malcolm Marx were the standout players  in a Lions win characterised by a seven try to four win.

Marx, South Africa’s player of the year and also the Lions player of the year, was named man of the match.

Why 1995 World Cup winning Springbok hooker James Dalton believes Marx is the best in South Africa.

The Lions lead 21-14 at halftime.

  • The Lions have won five of their last six games against the Bulls, including their last three meetings;
  • The Lions have won their last seven games away from home, and haven’t lost on the road against South African opposition Round 12, 2015 against the Bulls.
  • Malcolm Marx has crossed for a try once in each of his last four games away from home within South Africa.

How the Oracle called a comfortable Lions win

How Keo called the Lions win on Sport 24 


Bulls 28
Tries: Kotze, Pollard, Gqoboka, Ismaiel
Cons: Boshoff, Brummer 2
Pens: Boshoff 3
Yellow Cards: Van Vuuren, De Jager

Lions 49
Tries: Dreyer, Van Rooyen, Orie, Marx, Penalty try, Mahuza, Cronje
Cons: Jantjies 6

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15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (co-captain), 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Nic de Jager (co-captain), 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Duncan Matthews


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Madosh Tambwe


 It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.

    • 78Francois Brummer converts the try.
    • 78John-Ben Kotze sets up the try.
    • 77A bit of individual brilliance by Travis Ismaiel leads to a try for Bulls.
    • 77A gap opened in the defence and Travis Ismaiel took full advantage.
    • 76Francois Brummer has kicked a conversion.
    • 75Lizo Gqoboka scores the try from close range.
    • 75Cyle Brink has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
    • 73Lions decide to make a substitution, with Harold Vorster getting some game time.
    • 73Lions decide to make a substitution, with Rohan Janse van Rensburg being replaced.
    • 73Lions make a substitution with Marco Jansen Van Vuuren coming on.
    • 73Lions make a substitution with Ross Cronje coming off.
    • 72Bulls sub Francois Brummer comes onto the field.
    • 72Handre Pollard departs for Bulls.
  • 71Malcolm Marx comes off.
  • 71The Lions supporters go wild as Elton Jantjies successfully kicks the conversion.
  • 70The defensive line has been broken as Ross Cronje goes through the gap.
  • 70Spellbinding play by Warren Whiteley is finished off with a try.
  • 70A series of passes by Lions results in a try for Ross Cronje.
  • 68Marco van Staden comes on.
  • 68RG Snyman comes off.
  • 65Lions decide to make a substitution, with Marnus Schoeman getting some game time.
  • 65Lions decide to make a substitution, with Marvin Orie being replaced.
  • 62Bulls make a substitution with Embrose Papier coming on.
  • 62Bulls make a substitution with Andre Riaan Warner coming off.
  • 61Lions sub Dylan Smith comes onto the field.
  • 61Jacques Van Rooyen departs for Lions.
  • 61Jacobie Adriaanse comes on for Lions.
  • 61Ruan Dreyer leaves the field.
  • 58Michael Tambwe comes on.
  • 58Andries Coetzee comes off.
  • 58Lourens Erasmus comes on.
  • 58Andries Ferreira comes off.
  • 56Lizo Gqoboka comes on.
  • 56Pierre Schoeman comes off.
  • 56What a run here by Sylvian Mahuza as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 56The touch judges raise their flags as Elton Jantjies kicks the conversion.
  • 56Cyle Brink played a key part in that try.
  • 55Great hands by Lions leads to a try for Sylvian Mahuza.
  • 54Nick de Jager (Bulls) is shown a yellow card.
  • 54Rohan Janse van Rensburg makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 54The referee awards a penalty try to Lions.
  • 53Bulls decide to make a substitution, with Marco van Staden getting some game time.
  • 53Bulls decide to make a substitution, with Roelof Smit being replaced.
  • 53Conraad Van Vuuren (Bulls) is shown a yellow card.
  • 53Conraad Van Vuuren (Bulls) is shown a yellow card.
  • 51Bulls have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 51Elton Jantjies adds the two points for Lions.
  • 50Lions have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 50Lions are only a few metres out, surely they must score! And they do with Malcolm Marx touching down.
  • 49Bulls make a substitution with Conraad Van Vuuren coming on.
  • 49Bulls make a substitution with Frans van Wyk coming off.
  • 49Bulls sub Adriaan Strauss comes onto the field.
  • 49Jaco Visagie departs for Bulls.
  • 49Warrick Gelant comes on for Bulls.
  • 49Marnitz Boshoff leaves the field.
  • 45Nick de Jager comes on.
  • 45Thembelani Bholi comes off.
  • 41Marnitz Boshoff does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 40A stunning solo try from Handre Pollard.
  • 40Fabulous play by Bulls has led to Handre Pollard being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 35Marnitz Boshoff has hooked the conversion to the left of the posts.
  • 34Trouble here as John-Ben Kotze breaches the defence.
  • 34That’s a great try assist by Handre Pollard.
  • 34What a kick! John-Ben Kotze takes full advantage to score for Bulls.
  • 32Elton Jantjies makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 32Elton Jantjies sets up the try.
  • 31The kick through from Lions has allowed Marvin Orie to touch down.
  • 30Lions have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 30Bulls have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 27Marnitz Boshoff makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
  • 22Marnitz Boshoff kicks the penalty.
  • 18Elton Jantjies converts the try.
  • 17Nobody could stop that maul! Jacques Van Rooyen places the ball down for the try.
  • 16This is dangerous for the defence as Andries Coetzee bursts through to advance the Lions attack.
  • 14Elton Jantjies has kicked a conversion.
  • 13The Lions pack has powered over for Ruan Dreyer to score the try.
  • 9A gap opened in the defence and Warren Whiteley took full advantage.
  • 7The defensive line has been broken as Ross Cronje goes through the gap.
  • 5Marnitz Boshoff has kicked a penalty goal.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.


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