Three tries within twelve minutes and a Lionel Mapoe hat-trick in the second half set up the Lions biggest ever SuperRugby victory when they trounced the Blues 43-5 at a wet Emitares Park on Saturday night. It was the Lions’ third consecutive victory over the Blues and the 38 point deficit improved on the 35 point victory margin against the Cheetahs.
It was a prefect display from the Lions and before the Blues could wipe the rain from their eyes the Lions crossed the try-line three times, the first within a minute when Whiteley himself finished a move initiated by Jaco Kriel. And when the clock sounded twelve minutes both Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Courtnall Skosan also added their names to the score-sheet.
Elton Jantjies had a hand in two of the early tries by identifying space behind the Blues defence. The score was 19-0 after their twelve minute blitz and also the half-time score in a half they totally dominated. The second half belonged to Mapoe, who scored three times with beautiful angle running at pace. They could have kept a clean sheet against them if not for a weak tackle by Howard Mnisi on Joe Edwards. Mnisi however made up for his slip with a fine run on the outside of the Blues defenders to set up Mapoe’s third right at the death.
Lions: Tries: Lionel Mapoe (3), Warren Whiteley, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Coutnall Skosan, Warwick Tecklenburg. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (4).
Blues: Try: Joe Edwards.