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Four quick-fire second-half tries see 14-man Lions beat Glasgow

Lions' Erich Cronje in action versus Glasgow (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Glasgow missed the chance to move back to the top of the United Rugby Championship after going down 44-21 to the 14-man Lions in Johannesburg.


The Warriors saw their six-match winning run in the competition ended by the Bulls last weekend and were unable to capitalise on Ruan Venter’s first-half dismissal.

A bonus-point victory for the Lions, who scored four quick-fire second-half tries, kept alive their hopes of reaching the play-offs.

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Gianni Lombard missed a brace of penalties on either side of the Lions losing Emmanuel Tshituka to a head injury assessment inside the opening 11 minutes.

Glasgow then took the lead a minute later when Kyle Rowe crossed after running on to a kick through by George Horne, who added the extras, with Ruan Venter – a replacement for Tshituka – sin-binned for an infringement in the build-up to the try.

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Jordan Hendrikse’s penalty got the Lions on the board and they moved in front when Rabz Maxwane went over after being sent in by Erich Cronje, although Hendrikse was unable to convert.

But the home side suffered a double blow prior to half-time as first Venter was sent off for contact to the head of Glasgow’s Tom Jordan and then Francke Horn was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on.


Glasgow took advantage six minutes into the second half when Euan Ferrie powered his way over the line, with Horne again converting.

However, four tries in a devastating 11-minute spell saw the Lions take control.

An outstanding individual try from Edwill van der Merwe, who ran on to his chip over the top to go over with Sanele Nohamba making no mistake from the tee, was followed by another free-flowing score which was finished off by Maxwane, with Nohamba again converting.

JC Pretorius and Nohamba added further scores, the latter converting on each occasion and also landing a penalty late on, before Josh McKay grabbed a third try for Glasgow and Duncan Weir kicked the extras.

But replacement Hanru Sirgel claimed the sixth and final try for the Lions as they registered a fifth win in seven URC matches.



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Flankly 12 hours ago
Resilient Irish will test Springboks despite provincial setbacks

The Bok kryptonite is complacency. How did they lose to Japan in 2015, or to Italy in 2016? There are plenty of less dramatic examples. They often boil down to the Boks dialing back their focus and intensity, presuming they can win with less than 100% commitment. This can be true of most teams, but there is a reason that the Boks are prone to it. It boils down to the Bok game plan being predicated on intensity. The game plan works because of the relentless and suffocating pressure that they apply. They don’t allow the opponent to control the game, and they pounce on any mistake. It works fantastically, but it is extremely demanding on the Bok players to pull it off. And the problem is that it stops working if you execute at anything less than full throttle. Complacency kills the Boks because it can lead to them playing at 97% and getting embarrassed. So the Bulls/Leinster result is dangerous. It’s exactly what is needed to introduce that hint of over-confidence. Rassie needs to remind the team of the RWC pool game, and of the fact that Ireland have won 8 of the 12 games between the teams in the last 20 years. And of course the Leinster result also means that Ireland have a point to prove. Comments like “a club team beating a test team” will be pasted on the changing room walls. They will be out to prove that the result of the RWC game truly reflects the pecking order between the teams. The Boks can win these games, but, as always, they need to avoid the kryptonite.

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