Lions Destroy The Blues

Lions Destroy The Blues

Lions Destroy The Blues: On a night where rugby wasn’t for the faint-hearted in icy cold and wet conditions, the Lions started exceptionally well and scored within 54 seconds of the kickoff, never backing down from their expansive game plan. The Blues lie seventh in the Australasian standings, 11 points below the last playoff spot, and they are the only New Zealand outfit likely to miss the quarter-finals. Blues skipper and hooker James Parsons refused to use the relentless rain as an excuse for the heaviest loss of the season suffered by the former three-time champions. “We did not adapt to the conditions and need to take a long, hard look at ourselves before we play the Force in Australia next weekend.”

Lions

15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Ruan Ackermann, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Blues

15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 George Moala, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Hoani Matenga, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Kara Pryor, 20 Joe Edwards, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Male Sau

SCORERS

Emirates Lions – tries: Lionel Mapoe (3) Warren Whiteley, Courtnal Skosan, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Warwick Tecklenburg. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (4).

Blues – try: Kara Pryor

14th Jaguares 22 – 25 Sharks Estadio Jose Amalfitani
14th Lions 43 – 5 Blues Emirates Airlines Park
14th Cheetahs 34 – 20 Kings Toyota Stadium
14th Sunwolves 17 – 17 Stormers Singapore National Stadium
14th Waratahs 31 – 8 Bulls Allianz Stadium
14th Hurricanes 29 – 14 Reds Westpac Stadium

Lions Destroy The Blues