Lions breeze past Jaguares
Following their hammering of the Blues last week few were anticipating the Lions having too much trouble in disposing of the Jaguares in Johannesburg.
As has almost become customary for Warren Whiteley’s men they got off to a fast, try scoring start as Courtnall SKosan darted over in the second minute. Despite this fast start the Lions struggled to find their attacking rhythm early on.
The Argentines were able to stay in the contest by way of the boot of Nicolas Sanchez. An impressive break up field saw Lionel Mapoe finish but again Sanchez kept the visitors very much within touching distance at 12-9 just before half time. Crucially the Lions would break out yet again just before the half time whistle and on this occasion Lourens Erasmus was on hand to get over the whitewash.
It must have been an indication of the danger that could be waiting for Jaguares as the home side had been far from their fluent selves yet enjoyed a ten point advantage and were ahead three tries to zero.
The cracks which showed at stages in the opening half turned into a full blown leak for the South Americans as they leaked five tries in the second half. The Jaguares had no answers for the running game of the home side. The Lions love breaking out from deep and their handling and supporting play is of such high calibre that they run in plenty of plenty of long distance tries and finish off the vast majority of the opportunities that present themselves.
On the day the Lions pack had the measure of their opponents and despite Elton Jantjies not really having his best game the attacking qualities of the men from Johannesburg proved too much for the Jaguares to contain.
For the Lions:
Tries: Skosan 2, Mapoe, Erasmus, Brink, Kriel, Combrink 2
Cons: Jantjies 2, Combrink
Pens: Combrink 2
For the Jaguares:
Tries: Sanchez, Desio
Pens: Sanchez 4