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Jaguares 16  –  Emirates Lions 25

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT vs DHL STORMERS 23 FEBRUARY 5:15 pm CAT

Combrinck, Lewies, Smith in starting XV

Three changes have been made to the Emirates Lions starting line-up for the Vodacom Super Rugby encounter in Cape Town on Saturday – Ruan Combrinck (14), Kwagga Smith (7) and Stephan Lewies (5) are in the starting XV while Sti Sithole, Gianni Lombard and Sylvian Mahuza comes in on the bench.

Interesting Facts:

  • Elton Jantjies played in his 107th match for the Emirates Lions (the most appearances) in Vodacom Super Rugby, and extended his career points to 978. This tally, the most by a player, includes 9 tries, 231 conversions, 152 penalties and 5 drop goals. Adding his 13 Super matches and 21 points for the Stormers he has now scored 989 points in 120 matches in Super Rugby. Elton could score his 1000th point in Super Rugby in next weekend's game.
  • Lionel Mapoe, Courtnall Skosan and Malcolm Marx, all on 27 tries, have scored the most career tries for the Super Lions. They played in 94, 55 and 60 matches respectively.

Referee for the match:  Egon Seconds  |  AR1:  Divan Uys  |  AR2:  Aimee Barrat-Theron  |  TMO:  Christie du Preez

Emirates Lions Team: Andries Coetzee; Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan; Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom; Warren Whiteley ©, Kwagga Smith, Marnus Schoeman, Stephan Lewies, Marvin Orie, Carlu Sadie, Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith. Reserves: Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole, Jacobie Adriaanse, Rhyno Herbst, Hacjivah Dayimani, Gianni Lombard, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Sylvian Mahuza.

MATCH REPORT

Lions tie Jaguares' tail

17 February 2018

 

Marnus Schoeman scored a hat-trick as the Emirates Lions claimed a 25-16 win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

It was a first win for the Lions in  Argentina, having lost their previous three games there between 2016 and 2018.

While they were not at their free-flowing attacking best, the Lions out-scrummed the home side, with youngster Carlu Sadie in emphatic form.

The Lions started on the offensive, showing their ambition after winning a couple of early penalties and immediately opting for attacking lineouts. It was from the second lineout that flank Marnus Schoeman crossed for the opening try.

However, the Jaguares managed to put some pressure of their own onto the visitors, especially through the high ball and some well-timed rush defence. The hosts cut the deficit through a penalty from Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, who has replaced long-time incumbent Nicolás Sánchez.

The Lions picked up where they left off in the second half, and after surviving a massive Jaguares maul which went over 20m, formed one of their own to eventually see Schoeman cross for his hat-trick.

Jantjies had to produce a try-saving tackle as the Jaguares thought they had a potential match-winning try, but replays showed they had lost the ball forward over the line. The Bok flyhalf then importantly nailed his second penalty to take the Lions to a two-score advantage.

The home side went for the jugular in the closing stages of the match, but some key defensive interventions, particularly from turnover kingpin Malcolm Marx and captain Warren Whiteley, saw the Lions hold on for the win.

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