Hurricanes Blow Lions Away
Hurricanes Blow Lions Away: The Hurricanes stunned the Emirates Lions with a massive display of attacking rugby, putting up a half-century against South Africa’s top side in their 50-17 Vodacom Super Rugby victory at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg on Saturday night. Without the momentum they normally crave, the Lions looked lost in the first half, struggled as their pack were dominated and Bok flyhalf Elton Jantjies was forced into rushed decisions, often putting his teammates into difficult positions where the Hurricanes loose forwards pounced. Things went even more pear-shaped when an easy 9-14 move from a scrum five metres out allowed Cory Jane to go in untouched. Faf de Klerk may have collided with the referee in the process, but the TMO found that it had no influence in play and the try was thus awarded.
One of the cardinal laws of rugby is not to concede points as soon as you’ve scored and the Lions ignored this, giving the Canes easy ball to counter. From a lineout Reggie Goodes tiptoed down the touchline and bumped off Courtnal Skosan way too easily to score in the corner. The Lions continued to attack, and finally were rewarded on the hour mark as Jaco Kriel went in at the corner, but it was to be the last of their happiness for the night. The difference in intensity was apparent in this middle period of the first half, with the Lions struggling to keep up.
|30||Jaguares||73 – 27||Kings||Estadio Jose Amalfitani|
|30||Stormers||30 – 32||Waratahs||DHL Newlands|
|30||Lions||17 – 50||Hurricanes||Emirates Airlines Park|
|30||Reds||30 – 17||Cheetahs||Suncorp Stadium|
|30||Highlanders||23 – 10||Brumbies||Rugby Park|
|30||Blues||36 – 30||Rebels||Eden Park|
|29||Force||20 – 42||Bulls||nib Stadium|
|29||Chiefs||24 – 22||Sharks||Yarrow Stadium|