SuperRugby : Lions historic win over Chiefs in New Zealand
The Lions made history with a first win over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday with 36-32 and keep on the winning side with two out of two on the road so far.
Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked 16 points and orchestrated a thrilling attacking performance as the Johannesburg-based team won in New Zealand on Saturday to stay unbeaten after two rounds of Super Rugby.
It was a beautiful day in New Zealand in which these two team too to the field and the chiefs will be very disappointed for not staging up some points for all the pressure they put the Lions under in the first 10 min.
The Lions defence scrabbled nicely and kept a few great attacks from the Chiefs out. Penalty kicks was the first points on the board for both teams until the Chiefs counter on a poor kick and follow up from Lions to score the first try.
After that the Lions started to gain momentum and took control of the game. Their defense was must better and they were able to use their dominated scrum to take the lead and dominate the end of the first half.
The Lions defense was great at times but the Chiefs were able to get over the defense at times too easily.
The second half was like being on small boat when the southeaster is blowing in Cape Town as the scoreboard was ticking over for both teams. The ability of the Lions to keep scoring tries and keep the Chiefs under pressure was just brilliant.
The Chiefs, as we got used to over the years did not lie down up to the final whistle and only some great defense and commitment from the Lions kept them out.
A game that the Lions will take and build huge confidence on going forward and with two wins from two rounds on the road you cannot ask for a better start as a Lions supporter.
The Lions overcame an arduous travel schedule, having beaten Japan’s Sunwolves in Tokyo last weekend, to post their first-ever win in Hamilton, in a match in which the lead changed hands five times.
Jantjies was instrumental in two of the Lions’ four tries and kicked two conversions and four penalties. The Chiefs also scored four tries, rallying from 24-11 down just after halftime to take a 25-24 lead after 54 minutes.
Tries to captain Warren Whitely and winger Ruan Combrink restored the Lions’ advantage at 36-25 and they held on despite a late Chiefs’ try.
Chiefs – Tries: Tom Sanders, Damian McKenzie, James Lowe, Brad Weber. Conversions: McKenzie (3). Penalties: McKenzie (2).
Lions – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Courtnall Skosan, Warren Whiteley, Ruan Combrinck. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3). Penalties: Jantjies (4).
Source : RuggaWorld