Two tries in the first 15 minutes for Lions flanks Jaco Kriel and Derick Minnie made Southern Kings fans nervous mathematicians – if it carried on like this then they could have seen a massive point a minute score against the Kings in the Super Rugby warm-up match between the Southern Kings and Lions at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday 1 February 2014.
The match was filled with too many errors and the Lions dominating the set pieces and doing excellent work in disrupting the home lineouts.
The match entered a critical phase 13 minutes into the second half when the Kings earned a penalty try, after the Lions infringed at a five-metre lineout.
The resultant seven points and a yellow card for Minnie, brought the Kings right back into the match at 14-12.
Despite the loss of one man, the Lions substitute Robbie Coetzee managed to to dot down, giving the Lions a seven-point cushion.
From the kickoff, the Lions attempted to run the ball in their 22-metre area, and they conceded possession, as Kings wing Sergeal Petersen took the final pass to race down the right touchline. It made the score 14-5 at the break.
Two minutes after halftime Petersen limped off the field, and both coaches introduced changes which led to some scruffy play.
Final Score: Southern Kings 12 (5) Lions 19 (14)
- Lions – Tries: Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie, Robbie Coetzee. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2).
- Kings – Tries: Sergeal Petersen, Penalty Try. Conversions: George Whitehead (1).
- Southern Kings: BG Uys, Dane van der Westhuysen, Charl du Plessis, Steven Sykes, Rynier Bernardo, Paul Schoeman, Darron Nell (captain), Devin Oosthuizen, Jaco Grobler, George Whitehead, Michael Killian, Shane Gates, Ronnie Cooke, Sergeal Petersen, Siviwe Soyizwapi. Replacements: JC Oberholzer, Lizo Gqoboko, Vukile Sofisa, Stephan Zaayman, Stefan Greeff, Thembelani Bholi, Sonwabo Majola, Dwayne Jenner, Ntabeni Dukisa.
- Lions: Andries Coetzee, Chrysander Botha, Lionel Mapoe, Stefan Watermeyer, Courtnall Skosan, Marnitz Boshoff, Michael Bondesio, Warren Whiteley (captain), Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Franco van der Merwe, Rudi Mathee, Julian Redelinghuys, Willie Wepener, Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: Robbie Coetzee, Jacques van Rooyen, Corne Fourie, Willie Britz, Warwick Tecklenburg, Faf de Klerk, Willie du Plessis, JW Jonker.
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