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Van Rensburg stars as Lions maul Waratahs

By Gareth Morgan
Rohan Janse van Rensburg – cropped

Rohan Janse van Rensburg claimed his second double in as many games as the Lions romped to a thrilling 55-36 win over the Waratahs in their Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg.

Last season’s beaten finalists ran in eight tries in total, with Warren Whiteley, Ruan Ackermann, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Sylvian Mahuza and Malcolm Marx also finding the line and fly-half Elton Jantjies kicking 15 points.

The Waratahs, who downed Australian rivals Western Force in their opening game, were hampered by first-half yellow cards for Reece Robinson and Sekope Kepu, but did manage to score five tries of their own through Rob Horne, Michael Hooper, Bryce Hegarty, David McDuling and Israel Folau.

The Stormers also made it two wins from two, eventually seeing off a dogged Jaguares side 32-25 at Newlands.

EW Viljoen, Jano Vermaak and SP Marais all scored five-pointers for the hosts, who also earned a penalty try, while wing Santiago Cordero claimed two of the visitors’ three touchdowns.

There was a similarly tight tussle in Bloemfontein where the Cheetahs held off a late surge from the Bulls to win 34-28.

Tries from Teboho Mohoje (2), Clinton Swart and Justin Basson helped the hosts open up a 28-14 lead by the break, but Jamba Ulengo and Piet van Zyl replied for the Bulls during the second half to set up a tense finale.

The Sunwolves, meanwhile, responded to their 83-17 trouncing at the hands of the Hurricanes last weekend with an improved display, but were still beaten 37-23 by the Southern Kings.

Replacements Rudi van Rooyen and Chris Cloete were among four try-scorers for Deon Davids’ men in a game that was played at the National Stadium in Singapore.


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Jon 1 hours ago
How Maro Itoje terrorised the All Blacks lineout

Yeah England were much smarter, they put their much vaster experience to use in both the scrum (bending/not taking hit) and lineout (Itoje early sacks) law vagaries. Really though, I know what is there, I’m more worried about Englands locks. We only got to see Itoje and Martin, right? Depth allround in the England camp was probably the difference in the series and the drop off when Itoje reached his minutes limit for the season (it was like the plug was pulled from the charger) was up there with keeping Sexton on the park in that quarter final. What happened there? You have a lot of watching hours experience with locks come blindsides Nick, especially with a typical Australian player make up, have you see a six the size of Barrett absolutely dominate the position and his opposition? I can easily see Scott, and even Martin for that matter, moving to the blindside and playing like Tadgh Beirne with the amount of top locks we have coming through to partner Patrick. Still with the English mindset, because despite running the best All Black team I’ve seen in a long time close, they do need to find improvement, and although I thought they had a lot of good performances from their 7’s (over the years), I really like the prospect of Cunningham-South in his 8 spot and Earl on the open. Can you see Martin as mobile enough to take over Lawes? I absolutely loved his aggression when Jordie ran upto him to try and grab the ball. That alone is enough reason for me to try him there.

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