Lions get De Bruin off to winning start
The Lions started Swys de Bruin’s first Super Rugby season as head coach with a 26-19 victory over the Sharks after the Stormers held off a fightback from Jaguares on Saturday.
De Bruin stepped up from his role as assistant following Johan Ackermann’s move to Gloucester and watched his side come out on top in a great battle at Ellis Park.
Sbu Nkosi’s try just after the interval reduced the deficit to only two points, but Mapoe helped himself to a double and Kwagga Smith added a fourth Lions try following Makazole Mapimpi’s five-pointer for the visitors.
Stormers also began their campaign with a victory, seeing off Jaguares 28-20 in the heat at Newlands.
Jaguares made a good fist of it, Emiliano Boffelli dotting down before a penalty try cut the gap to only five points, but they were denied a losing bonus point by Damian Willemse’s third penalty right at the end.
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