Lions humble Bulls at home
Coming off an impressive demolition of both the Blues and the Jaguares the Lions seemed to pick up where they left things a week ago as they were smartly into their running game. Leading 25-8 at the break there was always only going to be one winner in this contest.
The Jukskei derby, as this clash is known between these two neighbours, is often a tight wrestling match-like contest. Yet it was clear from an early stage that this one would offer much more entertainment for the fans than a normally tight bruising all South African battle.
Faf de Klerk broke clear to set up the opening score and despite a response via Jessie Kriel the Lions’ juggernaut had started to gain momentum. The seriously impressive Rohan Janse van Rensburg burst clear of a defender before feeding Lionel Mapoe to stretch the home side’s lead before Julian Redelinghuys was on hand to barge over from short range.
When this Lions side gets the fire burning and their machine running on all cylinders there are few that can hold sway with Johan Ackermann’s side. Despite leading comfortably at the break the Lions wouldn’t take their foot off the accelerator and kept pushing the pace of the game.
A quick tap from De Klerk saw Jaco Kriel get his customary try. Adrian Strauss would reply for his side but the apetite of this Lions side was not yet satisfied.
The home side had been clinical and efficient in the first hour of the clash and in the final 20 minutes they really turned on the magic. It was champagne rugby as Warren Whiteley roamed wide before feeding Courtnall Skosan to streak clear. Soon enough Skosan would turn provider as the home side ran the ball from inside their own 22 meter area. The cut back pass found the winger who drew the last defender and gave it to the performer of the night, Janse van Rensburg, to sprint near enough 50 meters for a beautiful try.
Take a bow Lions for a 56-20 humbling of the Bulls at the usually impenetrable Loftus Versfeld. What a celebration of ho rugby is suppose to be played.