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Rampant Lions roar again
The Emirates Lions were in rampant form when they disposed of the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday morning, leading 20-0 at half-time and finally taking it 23-17.
Amid a week of adversity the team pulled together and showed some of the earlier form they are best known for and in the first half ran the home-side ragged with deft handling and foot skills.
The late decision to push Malcolm Marx and Elton Jantjies into the starting side proved inspired, as the Springbok hooker and flyhalf – playing at No 12 in this clash – had a big influence on the contest.
The star of the show, however, was the man with No 3 on his back. Carlu Sadie put a lot of pressure on opposite number Angus Ta’avo at the scrums, and it was from those resultant penalties that the Lions picked up valuable points and territory.
The collective effort at the set pieces and mauls were outstanding. Marvin Orie and Warren Whiteley stood out at the lineout. A well-executed maul culminated in a try for Sadie in the 35th minute. The Lions finished the half with a flourish. Jantjies fixed two defenders and then found his captain on his outside. Whiteley summed up the situation well, and opted to kick for Aphiwe Dyantyi to chase. The Bok winger collected the loose ball and completed the score. Jantjies converted to see the Lions leading 20-0 at half-time.
The Chiefs made a come-back in the second half with two quick tries but the Lions kept up a strong defence and a drop goal by Jantjies sealed the victory.
Issued by SA Rugby Communications 31-Mar-2019
Unique offer for Farewell Test matches at a R550 discount
R900 for a seat at Emirates Airline Park AND Loftus Versfeld
Regular ticket prices start from just R100
A unique Springbok ‘season ticket’ has been launched to give the team their biggest ever send off to take on the world in Japan later this year. Fans will be able to attend the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies at Emirates Airline Park (20 July) and the final match on home soil against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld (17 August) in one single purchase of R900, with both stadiums offering lower main pavilion tickets as part of this special offering.
The ‘season ticket’ will go on sale on Monday, 1 April. The collaboration between the hosting unions – the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls – has been designed in partnership with SA Rugby and team sponsors to give the team a special farewell. The ‘season ticket’ comes with the incentive of a R550 discount on the normal price. “We only have two home Tests in 2019 and we want to sell out both of them in order to give the team the best possible launchpad to take on the world in Japan,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO.
“There are limited opportunities to see the Boks in action on home soil this year and we wanted to mark it with a special initiative to build support. This has never been done before and we hope Springbok fans rally to the challenge and attend both tests to get right behind Rassie, Siya and the team.”
Tickets for the individual Tests will be available as usual, with prices starting at R100 per ticket at each venue (all prices listed below). The unique ‘season ticket’ are available on a first-come-first-served basis until the allocation is exhausted. “Two sold out Tests would be an awesome way to head off overseas,” said Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby at SA Rugby.
“It’s an incredible experience as a Springbok to walk out in front of a packed South African stadium and the team draw energy from that. They’ll be special occasions for us, as the rest of the time this year we’ll be overseas. We’re already anticipating the unique atmosphere of a packed out Emirates Airline Park and a repeat of the unbelievable Loftus vibe from 2018. We really hope to see you there.”
The ‘season ticket’ can be purchased online at www.ticketpros.co.za or the ticket offices. The full range of price categories are as follows:
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