Super Rugby

Lions edge past Chiefs in Hamilton

Elton Jantjies (Getty)
Elton Jantjies (Getty)

Cape Town - The Lions have beaten the Chiefs 36-32 in their Super Rugby encounter at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Lions led the Chiefs 19-11 at half-time.

The Lions overcame an arduous travel schedule, having beaten Japan's Sunwolves in Tokyo last weekend, to post their first-ever win in Hamilton, in a match in which the lead changed hands five times.

Jantjies was instrumental in two of the Lions' four tries and kicked two conversions and four penalties. The Chiefs also scored four tries, rallying from 24-11 down just after half-time to take a 25-24 lead after 54 minutes.

Tries to captain Warren Whitely and winger Ruan Combrink restored the Lions' advantage at 36-25 and they held on despite a late Chiefs' try.

Teams:

Chiefs

15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Latu Vaeno, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Maama Vaipulu, 7. Sam Cane (captain), 6. Tom Sanders, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Michael Allardice, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 2. Rhys Marshall, 1. Pauliasi Manu

Substitutes: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Mitchell Graham, 18. Siate Tokolahi, 19. Taleni Seu, 20. Michael Leitch, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. Glen Fisiiahi

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg