Lions Trump Chiefs In Hamilton

The Lions ran in four tries as they comfortably defeated the Chiefs in their Super Rugby encounter at the FMG Stadium on Saturday.  After some early dominance from the home side seeing them take an 8-6 lead the game evened out with the possession stats showing that there was hardly much to separate the two.  However the South African franchise edged ahead in the closing stages of the first half when Dylan Smith capitalised on some poor defending from the hosts to put his side ahead 13-8.
 
Two penalties from Elton Jantjies rounded off a good half for the men from the city of gold as they headed into the dressing room with a comfortable 19-11 lead.  After the break the Waikato side found their feet and scored a couple of tries back to back from Jason Lowe and Damian McKenzie to edge ahead 24-23.  However their momentum was short-lived as Warren Whiteley and company pushed ahead with tries from the skipper and Ryan Combrink to put them ahead by 11 points.
 
Dave Rennie’s charges did score a late try from Brad Weber who broke through the Lions defences but it was a little too late as Johann Ackermann’s men ran out 36-32 victors.  As a result they top their South African conference while the Chiefs remain in second place on the Australasia log.
 
Photo credit: WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA