Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
5 May 2014
5:33 am

Lions taught a harsh lesson

Rudolph Jacobs

It was a lesson dished out in ball retention and how to play in the right areas as the Lions were unceremoniously thumped 38-8 by the Chiefs in their Super Rugby clash in Hamilton at the weekend.

FILE PICTURE: Elton Jantjies during the Lions training session at Johannesburg Stadium on February 18, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images.

Running in six tries to one, the Chiefs scored three first half tries as they stormed into a 19-3 lead at the break, ensuring the Lions started their tour Down Under in the worst possible way.

The Lions, however, could feel unlucky with the Chiefs’ second try by flank Tanerau Latimer after a clear knock-on and possible obstruction two minutes before the interval.

The Lions showed character on defence and their scrum was again their biggest weapon, but all the tackles they had to make eventually wore them down.

“I’m very happy. It was a difficult week for us after just one win in the previous six weeks,” said Chiefs captain Liam Messam.

“The Lions are a tough side, but once we started to hold on to the ball and string phases together it improved our attack.”

For the badly outplayed Lions outfit, it was their fourth straight defeat. They were delivered another blow when fullback Chrysander Botha left the field with concussion, he could be sidelined for their game against the Highlanders this weekend.