Emirates Lions take on the Waratahs in the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final
26 July 2018
Harold Vorster will run out in his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby game when the Emirates Lions host the Waratahs in the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday, 28 July 2018.
He made his VSR debut in 2015. He will be joining the Panasonic Wild Knights for the Currie Cup season.
Lourens Erasmus starts at flank in the place of Cyle Brink who could not recover from a stinger to his right arm he sustained in the game against the Jaguares last weekend.
Kick-off is at 15:05. View the team sheet now.
The Emirates Lions secured a home Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final for the third successive year after defeating the Jaguares 40-23 in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Successive Nicolas Sanchez penalties had given the Argentinians an early 6-0 buffer, but Swys de Bruin’s outfit soon showed why they have reached the show piece event over the past two seasons and they responded with 24 unanswered points.
Ruan Combrinck, Harold Vorster and Malcolm Marx all crossed the whitewash to open up a seemingly comfortable 24-6 advantage.
An Elton Jantjies three-pointer was sandwiched in between those scores before Andries Coetzee’s try effectively completed the win before it was rubber stamped by the fly-half, who added six more points from the tee.
The Jaguares began brightly, putting the home side under pressure and earning two penalty opportunities, which Sanchez converted for a 6-0 lead.
Back came De Bruin’s outfit, however, dominating the scrum battle and placing the visiting forwards under significant duress.
Jantjies converted and then added a second when the kicking game once again played havoc with the opposition. Having started on the front foot, the Argentinians were now regularly being sent into reverse gear, but they were not helping themselves.
Ledesma’s charges continued to make mistakes and one such error saw Marx intercept a stray Gonzalo Bertranou pass and cross the whitewash for the third try.
The Jaguares did regain their composure with Sanchez scoring another three-pointer just shy of the interval before they got themselves back into the contest at the start of the second period.
De Bruin’s side displayed all their experience, however, and retained possession impressively. Replacement Marnus Schoeman carried well and Coetzee was the one to benefit from the back-row’s efforts, crossing the line by the left-hand upright.
Although the visitors attempted to get back into the contest, the Lions’ defence was too strong and Jantjies sealed their progress into the last four with a drop-goal and penalty.
SCORERS FOR THE LIONS
Tries: Combrinck, Vorster, Marx, Coetzee
Conversions: Jantjies 4
See the Seating Plan for the Semi-Final alongside
If the Lions win their quarter-final against the Jaguares next Saturday, they will host a semi-final at Emirates Airline Park. Tickets for the quarter-final went on sale after the game. Ticket prices start at R60.00 and are available at the stadium or online at lionsrugby.coza and Computicket.
Six Springboks will run out for the Xerox Golden Lions VX at the Bill Jardine Stadium in Longdale on Sunday 24 June 2018 to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls in one of three exciting clashes of the day.
This day is supported by Gauteng Government Sports and Recreation and forms part of the Premier's Social Cohesion Games and aims to bring Rugby and sport to all communities.
"After a break in Vodacom Super Rugby for the International series we welcome the opportunity to give our Super Rugby players game time and to ensure our preparation is on track. Our Junior Boks are back in training and we have opted to rest them to ensure their availability next week. Warren and Malcolm are back from injury and this is an ideal opportunity to get them back on the field. They will be joined by fellow Springboks Courtnall Skosan, Lionel Mapoe and Ross Cronjé," said Rudolf Straeuli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company.
Straeuli added "the Bill Jardine Stadium is rich in Rugby history and plays an important role in Lions and GLRU family and thank them for hosting this community based festival".
The Lions' SuperSport Challenge coach, Herkie Kruger, will be supported by the Emirates Lions Super Rugby Management.
The Lions look forward to hosting three consecutive games on Saturday afternoons (Vodacom Bulls, Jaguares and Rebels) early in the season.
Edgar Rathbone, Managing Director of EPS (Pty) Ltd. said he was very happy with the six Saturday afternoon fixtures allocated to the Emirates Airline Park "Saturday afternoons are the perfect time to watch rugby in South Africa. We aim to ensure our supporters the very best experience and look forward to increasing the value behind the experience," Rathbone commented.
Group CEO Rudolf Straeuli welcomed the new fixture list for 2019. "The fixtures are competitive and will bring the best out of the teams due to the depth required and the limited time frame due to the World Cup. We are happy with draw and look forward to a great season".
EMIRATES LIONS MATCH SCHEDULE
16 Feb - Jaguares vs Emirates Lions 23:40
23 Feb - Stormers vs Emirates Lions 17:15
2 Mar - Emirates Lions vs Vodacom Bulls 15:05
9 Mar - Emirates Lions vs Jaguares 15:05
16 Mar - Emirates Lions vs Rebels 15:05
23 Mar - Sunwolves vs Emirates Lions 12:55
30 Mar - Emirates Lions Bye
5 Apr - Emirates Lions vs Cell C Sharks 19:10
13 Apr - Brumbies vs Emirates Lions 11:45
19 Apr - Chiefs vs Emirates Lions 09:35
26 Apr - Crusaders vs Emirates Lions 09:35
4 May - Bye
11 May - Emirates Lions vs Waratahs 15:05
18 May - Emirates Lions vs Highlanders 15:05
25 May - Cell C Sharks vs Emirates Lions 17:15
1 Jun - Emirates Lions vs DHL Stormers 17:15
8 Jun - Emirates Lions vs Hurricanes 15:05
The game will be played at Wits University.
Victory for iCollege Pumas
The iCOLLEGE Pumas scored a last second 43-35 victory over the Xerox Golden Lions in Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Lions let it slip in Nelspruit. The Lions clawed their way back within one point with a Marco Jansen van Vuren try in the 80th minute.
With time expired the Lions ran the ball from the last kick-off but a mistake under pressure let Wayno Visagie in to score for the Pumas to settle matters. Lions prop Sti Sithole opened the scoring with a try under the sticks.
The Pumas pulled the score back to 7-all with an intercept try by scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer.
The Pumas scrumhalf is perhaps the best number nine in the country and he set op a spectacular try with a perfect up-and-under for Willie Engelbrecht. Lock Stefan Willemseí try gave the Pumas a 14-7 lead before Gerrit Smit had a great run-in for their third.
A perfect cross kick by Shaun Reynolds set up a try for Jan Louis la Grange and the teams went into the shed with the Pumas leading 21-14. His centre partner Wayne van der Bank was next to score and the score was locked at 21-all.
The Pumas pulled away with Frankie Herne involved in both tries, first at the back of a maul and then on a run in open field to put Engelbrecht away. The Lions never gave up and they came within a whisker before they committed hara-kiri at the end.
The Xerox Golden Lions travel to Nelspruit to face the iCollege Pumas in the SuperSport Challenge on Saturday with Ashlon Davids who will wear the number nine jersey with Shaun Reynolds at number ten. Rhyno Herbst is back to lead the side.
Xerox Golden Lions fylhalf Shaun Reynolds was the cream of the crop after scoring an impressive 27 points in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge game against Hino Valke in Kempton Park on Saturday. Our boys in white and black demolished the Valke 68-12.
Reynolds scored a hat-trick and six conversions to prove that there is perhaps life after Elton Jantjies.
Two other Lions scored braces in this point festival.
Winger Jan-Louis la Grange and loose-forward James Venter both helped themselves to two tries each.
Robert Krugerís side finished the fixture with a dozen tries.
Saturday, 5 May @09h30 (SA Time)
Marnus Schoeman gets his first start for the Emirates Lions when they run out against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.
Having made an immediate impact from the bench against the Reds last weekend, the fiery flanker, will wear number six. Kwagga Smith will move to number eight while Cyle Brink comes it at seven flanker.
Captain Franco Mostert moves back to the lock position where he will partner with Lourens Erasmus. In the front row rotation Dylan Smith and Jacobie Adriaanse both get a start.
A total of twelve Lions players have been included in the final Junior Springbok squad that was announced to participate in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship which takes place from 30 May to 17 June in France:
"This is a talented squad with solid international experience, and we are confident in their abilities," said Roux.
"We had to make a few tough calls, especially after the matches against Georgia, but we believe we have a squad worthy of competing against the best U20 teams in the world. One can never underestimate the value of playing international rugby at any level, so we are pleased that most of the players have worn the green and gold before for both the Junior Springboks and the SA Schools sides."
The Junior Springboks will continue their preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championship with a three-match tour to the UK, following their 48-23 and 55-14 victories against Georgia, who they will face in their opening pool match at the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The SA U20s will meet Scotland in Edinburgh on Friday May 4, Wales in Cardiff on Tuesday May 8, and England in London on Friday May 11 on tour. They depart for the UK this evening.
The team has been drawn in Pool C at the World Rugby U20 Championship, alongside Georgia, Ireland and France.
Lions Rugby Company (Pty) Ltd can confirm Jaco Kriel has committed to a contract with UK based Gloucester.
Jaco has unfortunately been plagued with injuries stemming from 2017’s International duty and has therefore not been able to play for the Emirates Lions this current season.
We are always sad to lose a player but to lose a player of this stature hurts the Franchise and the Industry.
We wish Jaco a speedy recovery and rehabilitation and hope to see him applying his trade back in South Africa in the future.
A motivated Reds side managed to upset the Emirate Lions 27-22 in a Vodacom Super Rugby match in Brisbane on Saturday and set up the Lions’ first defeat on their tour.
The Reds produced a smothering defensive effort in the first half that threw the Lions out of their stride and produced errors that the Reds made the most of.
The Lions did show their pedigree by fighting back well after half-time and they scored 22 unanswered points in the last 36 minutes of the game, to grab a deserved and possibly crucial losing bonus point.
It was a brave fightback from the Lions but it was too little too late.
Malcolm Marx was massive, even in defeat, and scored the first two tries for the Lions in their fightback in the second half.
Both those tries were scored halfway through a period when the Lions looked like they might be coming back into the game with their irresistible driving play.
It was a massive mountain for the Lions to climb from there and they nearly conquered it, but in truth their chances of winning were blown when the Reds experienced a bit of a second win immediately after the second Marx try on the hour mark. It saw the Lions take another 17 minutes before Manus Schoeman touched down their next try.
By this time, with just three minutes left, the losing bonus point was all they had left to play for.
That they were able to get over the line one more time, with Schoeman again the man to dot down, underlined the quality of the Johannesburg team. They will feel though that this was a game where they fluffed their lines.
Emirates Lions: Tries: Malcolm Marx (2), Manus Schoeman (2).
The Emirates Lions kicked off their Vodacom Super Rugby tour to Australisia with a win against the Waratahs in Sydney on Friday evening.
They also became the first team this season to keep the ‘Tahs scoreless, securing a victorious 29-0.
Franco Mostert and his team were greatly tested by the Waratahs in the opening quarter, but their resolute defence kept Michael Hooper’s men scoreless.
They showed their class when Madosh Tambwe broke their line with a beautiful team try, which put them 7-0 in the lead at the break.
After half time the team were fired up, and two quick tries from Kwagga Smith and Harold Vorster left the ‘Tahs floundering.
In the 77th minute, with emotions running high, Marnus Schoeman saw a gap and broke away to score the fourth try of the game. Jantjies converted to the delight of the team and fans worldwide. The final whistle went, ending the game at 29-0.
Tries: Madosh Tambwe, Kwagga Smith, Harold Vorster, Marnus Schoeman.
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3). Penalty: Jantjies.
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