NEWS ARTICLES
Lions advance to Vodacom Cup final
MWP
May 10, 2014

The Golden Lions held off a determined second-half comeback from the Vodacom Blue Bulls before securing a 16-15 (halftime 10-7) win in their Vodacom Cup semifinal at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

The defending champion Lions were under the cosh for much of the second-half, after opening up a 10-point lead in the first half but the Bulls inability to convert pressure into points proved to be their downfall.

The Lions opened the scoring in the ninth minute, courtesy of a penalty kick from flyhalf Willie du Plessis, and the visitors had the better of the first quarter of the match however, they held on to their lead only because Bulls pivot Tony Jantjies missed two penalty attempts.

The visitors finally opened up a reasonable lead on their opponents, in the 30th minute, when left wing Selom Gavor went over for a converted try.

Just as it looked as if the Bulls would go in to the halftime break trailing by 10 points the hosts finally opened their account, with two minutes left in the half, when inside centre Burger Odendaal took advantage of some lax Lions’ defending to score a converted try.

The Lions took just four minutes after the restart to add to their lead when Du Plessis slotted a penalty goal before Jantjies struck back six minutes later with a successful penalty of his own.

The home team then took almost complete control of proceedings in the second half but poor finishing proved to be their Achilles heel.

The Bulls went close to scoring at least two tries with Odendaal jinking his way to within metres of the tryline before the ball was passed in to touch while Jantjies lost the ball just short of the line after a quick tap penalty.

Jantjies then had the chance to level the scores, with 14 minutes left in the contest, but he pushed his penalty attempt wide.

Du Plessis finally extended the Lions’ lead to six points with a 72nd minute penalty before the Bulls made sure of a grandstand finish when replacement flank Roelof Smit was mauled over the tryline for an unconverted try.

The score left the Lions holding a tenuous one-point lead with just three minutes left in the game but they held on to reach the final and will travel to play the GWK Griquas on Friday, May 16 in Kimberley.

SCORERS

VODACOM BLUE BULLS – Tries: Burger Odendaal, Roelof Smit; Conversion: Tony Jantjies; Penalty: Jantjies. GOLDEN LIONS – Try: Selom Gavor; Conversion: Willie du Plessis; Penalties: Du Plessis (3).

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 05 2014
17:00 - EP Kings U19 vs Sharks U19
NMMU Stadium, PE
Absa Under 21 Competition
18:00 - Border U21 vs Sharks U21
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 06 2014
09:35 - New Zealand vs Argentina
McLean Park, Napier
Absa Under 19 Competition
11:00 - Free State U19 vs Leopards U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
11:45 - Griffons U19 vs Boland U19
North West Stadium, Welkom
12:00 - Valke U19 vs SWD U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Patersons Stadium, Perth
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
12:45 - Leopards 2 (Vaal Reefs) vs Valke 2 (Brakpan)
Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Absa Under 21 Competition
13:00 - Free State U21 vs Leopards U21
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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