Super Rugby

Marx magic leads Lions to victory in Singapore

Cape Town - The Lions, led by an inspirational performance by skipper Malcolm Marx, were full value for their victory over the Sunwolves in Singapore on Saturday.

As it happened: Sunwolves v Lions

Marx was omnipresent as he dotted down for a brace of tries and was also the architect of a number of turnover penalties at ruck-time.

After the final whistle sounded at a largely empty Singapore National Stadium, the Lions were 37-24 victors, having led 12-7 at the break.

Besides Marx's double, the Lions scored five-pointers through scrumhalf Nic Groom, flyhalf Elton Jantjies, centre Lionel Mapoe and replacement loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani. Jantjies was also on target with two conversions and a penalty.

The Sunwolves, who on Friday had their participation in Super Rugby terminated after next year's tournament, replied with a penalty try and a brace by No 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco. Flyhalf Hayden Parker added two conversions and a penalty.

The Lions picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to the top of the South African Conference and into second spot in the Overall log.

The Sunwolves left-empty handed and remained fourth and 13th in the Australian Conference and Overall standings, respectively.

In next weekend's Round 7 action, the Lions have a bye, while the Sunwolves travel to Newcastle in Australia to face the Waratahs (Friday, March 29 at 10:45 SA time).

Teams:

Sunwolves

15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Ben Gunter, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Grant Hattingh, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 1 Masataka Mikami

Substitutes: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Alex Woonton, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Amanaki Mafi, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Hosea Saumak

Lions

15 Tyrone Green, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Lionel Mapoe, 11 Courntall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Ruan Vermaak, 7 Stephan Lewies, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (captain), 1 Sti Sithole

Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Nathan Macbeth, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 James Venter, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Gianni Lombard, 23 Aphiwe Dyantyi

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