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Super Rugby | Canberra
09:45 (GMT) | 12-05-2017
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Coetzee steps up for the last kick of the game. He takes the kick and adds 3. FULL TIME
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The Lions in possession as the game draws to a close. They kick forward so as to run the clock down as the horn sounds. The Lions have a penalty inside the 22
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Scrum to the Lions
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Now at the 22 of the Brumbies the, the Lions win a penalty
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The Lions in possession again and they start probing
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The Lions on the attack now at the 22 of the Brumbies. They look to be breaking through the defensive line but the ball is turned over
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Scrum to the away team inside their 10
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The Brumbies take a throw at the 22 of the visitors and make a few meters with a driving maul. The referee blows for a penalty to the away team
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They make it to the 22 after the scrum but give away a penalty and the ball is sent into touch at the Lions' 10
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Scrum to the Lions around the 10 of the hosts
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Another penalty after the line-out and Jantjies kicks into touch inside the Brumbies half
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The ball is kicked into touch and the away team have a throw
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The Lions make it to the half way but the Brumbies turnover and Powell is the man with the ball in hand sprinting to the try line. He is stopped at the 5 and the Lions win a penalty
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They take the throw and move into the 22, inches from the 5. The Lions reform the line and hold firm then drive the hosts back to the 22. A pass intercepted by Coetzee but he has nowhere to go and is converged upon
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The ball is cleared into touch after some home team pressure and the hosts have another throw at the 22
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The line-out taken and Mostert wins it for the away team
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The Brumbies win a penalty around the half way and kick into touch at the Lions 22
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Lions with a maul after a line-out at the mid field. They don't make much ground. The ball is taken from the ruck and then lost forward
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Hawera takes it and narrows the gap to 4 points by adding 3
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The Brumbies have a penalty around the 22 of the away team
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They kick into touch and make a few meters in the maul
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They move forward after the penalty but the referee blows to halt play. Penalty to the Brumbies now
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The Lions win a penalty after the restart kick and have a half way line scrum
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Jantjies adds the extras
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They move the ball up field, Mapoe handing it to Smith who runs from the half way maintaining a high speed as he charges over the line to score the first TRY
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Line-out to the Brumbies after the reset. They take their throw from the 10. The Lions turnover and the break is there
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Jantjies steps up and takes his time. He boots it and levels the score
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Th Lions win a penalty at the 22 and look for their first opportunity at goal
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They build nicely towards the 5 but the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the hosts around the 22
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Scrum to the visitors
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The Lions win a penalty at the 22 of the hosts
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The Lions win a penalty after the Brumbies scrum collapses. Jantjies kicks but doesn't reach touch
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Scrum reset
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The Brumbies lose it after their throw and the Lions have a scrum at the half way
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The Brumbies with a throw after the ball stayed relatively close to center field while changing hands to both teams
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The referee blows and the second half is underway

Half Time

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HALF TIME
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The Lions again on the attack as they make it to the 22 of the hosts. The horn sounds and as the home team turns over and the ball is kicked into touch.
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They move forward but the Brumbies defence wins it over and kicks into touch. Line-out at the 10 of the hosts for the Lions
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Jantjies kicks the ball into touch
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The ball is kicked into touch. Line-out taken and they make a few meters forward before giving away a penalty
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Another penalty to the home team as the Lions front row drives up
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The referee blows after the line-out for a penalty to the Brumbies. Scrum at the half way
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The Lions make it to the 5 of the Brumbies again seeming to form a more attacking agenda as the half draws to a close. The ball is turned over and sent into touch
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The Lions win a penalty at the half way. Scrum to the Lions
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The ball is kicked into touch by Hawera and they take their half way line throw
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Brumbies around their 22
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They move forward with their first convincing attack of the half as they edge closer to the 5 but give it away and the Brumbies clear
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The referee blows for a penalty and the Lions have a scrum outside the 22 of the hosts
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The Lions turnover at their 10 and push forward now at the opposing team 10
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The Lions move forward with the ball after the scrum then the boot forward looking for territory is there but it just throw away possession as the Brumbies turn it to an attack
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The Brumbies lose the ball forward at the 33 of the Lions and the away team have a scrum
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Scrum reset
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The Lions take their line but give away a scrum at their 22
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The Brumbies get a scrum shortly after the reset. They take their scrum at the half way and move forward but the ball is tackled into touch. Line-out to the visitors
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Hawera takes his kick and puts on the first 3 points
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They move forward in a maul and then move the ball up field. They make it to the 5 but the ball is tackled into touch. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the Brumbies at the 22
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The Brumbies building from the half way now
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The Lions get it from a line-out and after a failed clearance the away team have a 22 meter restart
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The Brumbies in firm control of the mental game as they again press forward. They look to push and kick forward but the ball goes into touch
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Scrum to the Brumbies at their 10
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Line-out for the Lions at the 10 of the hosts. They take it and lose the ball forward
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The Lions win a scrum at their 22 and clear the ball after it's sent back
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The ball is kicked into touch and the Brumbies have a 5 meter throw. They move the ball along the 5 looking for the gap to open the scoring
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The Lions hold off the Brumbies but give away another penalty
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They win a penalty and kick into touch at the 5 of the away team
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The Brumbies with the ball again pressuring at the 22
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Scrum to the Lions around their 5
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The hosts make their way forward patiently and it's sent wide into an inch of space where Dargaville waits. He grabs hold and dives over the line to score the try. The referee refers to the TMO and says knock-on. No try
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Scrum to the hosts at the Lions 22
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The Lions hold the hosts back at their 5 and push them to the 22
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The Brumbies with a scrum shortly after the kickoff. They take their scrum and move inside the 22 of the visitors
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The players readying themselves to exit the locker rooms
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The Brumbies have won three of their last four games against the Lions, though the last three iterations of this fixture have all been won by the away side on the day. The Brumbies enter this fixture on the back of three straight defeats, the last time they lost more in a row was a four-game stint in 2011 of which the fourth game was a 29-20 loss to the Lions.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Josh Mann-Rea
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 4 Rory Arnold
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 7 Jarrad Butler
  • 8 Jordan Smiler
  • 9 Joe Powell
  • 10 Wharenui Hawera
  • 11 James Dargaville
  • 12 Kyle Godwin
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 15 Aidan Toua
RESERVES
  • 16 Robbie Abel
  • 17 Nic Mayhew
  • 18 Leslie Leulua'lali'l-Makin
  • 19 Blake Enever
  • 20 Ben Hyne
  • 21 De Wet Roos
  • 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope
  • 23 Tom Banks
START LINE UP
  • 1 Corne Fourie
  • 2 Robbie Coetzee
  • 3 Johannes Jonker
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Albertus Smith
  • 7 Ruan Ackermann
  • 8 Warren Whiteley
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Harold Vorster
  • 13 Lionel Mapoe
  • 14 Sylvian Mahuza
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Malcolm Marx
  • 17 Jacques van Rooyen
  • 18 Ruan Dreyer
  • 19 Lourens Erasmus
  • 20 Robert Kruger
  • 21 Dillon Smit
  • 22 Jacques Nel
  • 23 Anthony Volmink
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SR Preview: Round 12, Part One

Wed, 10 May 2017 21:50

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: You may as well call this the dance of the desperates. The Cheetahs and Brumbies are both desperate to end their losing streaks.

The Cheetahs, who have lost their last seven matches, have been in the brink of a number of upsets. But coach Franco Smith has just about pulled out the last strand of hair, as his team continues to butcher healthy leads and lose in the dying stages.

They have to arrest the run of 'chokes' against a Blues side that look lethal - even without the skills of a concussed Sonny Bill Williams.

The Brumbies are in the fortunate position that they are in the rabble that is the Australian conference, as they have won just three matches in nine starts and have just one win in the last six weeks. They are on a three-match losing streak.

In Part One of the preview we look at the Friday matches!

Friday, May 12:

Blues v Cheetahs
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 09.35 SA Time; 07.35 GMT)

The Blues return to Eden Park after two wins on the road in Australia, desperate to keep their winning streak going against the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs, on the other hand, will be desperate to get out of a rut that's seen them lose seven straight games.

Though they came agonisingly close last week against the Highlanders, going down 41-45 by conceding three tries in the final five minutes.

In fact the Cheetahs held a 24-0 lead in the first half.

The Blues will aim to pile on the misery at Eden Park, a ground where the Cheetahs have never won.

In fact, they've never beaten the Blues anywhere in New Zealand, with games played in Whangarei and Albany in previous years.

Statistically, the Cheetahs can be a pretty decent side - with a number of individuals ranking highly in this year's competition for carries, metres gained and tackles made.

However, their inability to close out games may come back to haunt them yet again.

Blues coach Tana Umaga also feels his team can be better at the death.

"Last week we produced probably the best first half of the season, but dropped off in the second half," Umaga said.

"We are still looking for 80 minutes of complete football."

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith took a 'vow of silence' this week, as he struggles to get his team to overcome their mental frailties.

"I think it is best that I say very little this week," Smith responded from Auckland, when asked about his frustrations with the team's losing streak.

"Obviously it is frustrating," he said, adding: "This week it is a case of working very hard and flying under the radar."

Recent results:
2015: Cheetahs won 25-24, Bloemfontein
2014: Blues won 40-30, Auckland
2013: Cheetahs won 34-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Blues won 29-22, Auckland
2010: Cheetahs won 36-32, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The Cheetahs have won three of their last five games against the Blues after having never between them in five games between 1997 and 2009. However, each of the last six games between these teams has been won by the home side on the day, and the Cheetahs are yet to win when visiting Auckland. The Blues return home after a fortnight on the road and will be looking to avoid consecutive home defeats for the first time since losing their last three home games in 2015. The Auckland squad have won four of their last five games against teams from South Africa; having won just one in nine prior to this streak. The Cheetahs have lost 10 straight games away from home, the last and only time they lost more in succession was a drought of 13 away losses spanning the entirety of the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. Only one of the last four games where a South African team has visited Auckland has a team led at both half and full-time. The Blues average 18 minutes and 15 seconds of time in possession this season, more than any other team in the competition and two minutes, 20 seconds more than the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs remain the most accurate goal kicking team in the competition, landing 87 percent of their attempts so far. Blake Gibson has made 97 tackles this campaign, the third most of any player and at the best success rate of the 11 players to make 90+ (93 percent). Torsten Van Jaarsveld needs just three more to become the first player this season to land 100 successful line-out throws. The Cheetahs can compete with New Zealand teams. They must just learn to close out games. We doubt they would have overcome that hurdle in a week and the Blues should sneak another thriller - by seven points or less.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Declan O'Donnell, 13 George Moala, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Michael Collins.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Niell Jordaan, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Clinton Swart

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Lions
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.45; 11.45 SA time; 09.45 GMT)

The Brumbies return to action after a bye in Round 11.

They were under instructions from Coach Stephen Larkham to 'get away from football'.

Burly wing Henry Speight the players came back "really fresh" ahead of the clash with the South Africans.

"Our bye weeks have been really well placed this year for the breakup of our season, it's been good for us and we've come into this game keen and fresh," he said.

Speight knows that his teammates have to be at their best come Friday when the host a Lions team that is currently sitting on top of their conference after winning seven games straight.

"The Lions are a really good side at the moment, top of their conference and I think their result this season has really shown that they're a massive threat," Speight commented.

"They are really imposing across the park. They have a massive forward pack and a really dangerous back line."

The Brumbies' winger insists that the talk surrounding the Australian team's recent performances against international franchises hasn't affected his focus ahead of this weekend's clash.

"Our main focus is us, and trying to improve our performance week in and week out, and trying to stay on top of our conference because ideally that will put us in a good spot for play-offs.

"We go well against our domestic rivals but it's always a good test to go and perform against an international team and this week is no different.

"It's another massive test for us and in a way it's a good challenge to step up to."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann admitted it is a crucial game against quality opposition.

"They are one of the major teams in the competition, with a lot of Australian [internationals] - especially the backline, like [Henry] Speight and [Tevita] Kuridrani, who can have a massive impact with their line-breaks," Ackermann said.

"They also have a big loose forwards and locks. They have scored penalty tries from scrum and have scored a lot of tries with their mauls - they always produce tricky mauls."

The Lions coach spoke of it being a "physical test" for his team.

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 30-20, Johannesburg
2012: Brumbies won 34-20, Johannesburg
2011: Lions 29-20, Canberra
2010: Brumbies won 24-13, Canberra
2009: Lions won 25-17, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Brumbies have won three of their last four games against the Lions, though the last three iterations of this fixture have all been won by the away side on the day. The Brumbies enter this fixture on the back of three straight defeats, the last time they lost more in a row was a four-game stint in 2011 of which the fourth game was a 29-20 loss to the Lions. The Lions have won on each of their last four visits to Australia, as many wins as they had managed in all of their 17 prior visits. The Brumbies have conceded a league-low 6.4 clean breaks per game this campaign despite making more tackles per game (127) than any other team. Malcolm Marx has crossed for six tries so far this campaign, more than any other forward in the competition. It is a tough call to make and the Brumbies do indeed have quality across the park. However, the Lions could edge ahead in the final quarter and win by eight points.

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott  Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Tom Banks  

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Robert Kruger/Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink.

Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant referees: Nick Briant, Jordan Way
TMO: Ian Smith

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Lions finish tour unbeaten after scrappy win

Fri, 12 May 2017 05:53

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Lions finished their Australian tour unbeaten after they edged the Brumbies 13-6 in Canberra on Friday.

The Lions scored the only try of the dour contest through Springbok Sevens star Albertus Smith early in the second half after trailing the Australian conference leaders 0-3 at half-time.

It was only the Johannesburg-based Lions' second win in Canberra, but a victory based on an outstanding defensive effort and a battle of wills.

It was the Lions' biggest scalp on their Australian tour following a 24-15 win over the Western Force and 47-10 triumph over the Melbourne Rebels.

"It was a grind. Gee, it was a tough battle, the conditions were tough, the ball was slippery and we had to keep it tight, so I am extremely proud of the boys," Lions skipper Warren Whiteley said.

"Credit to the Brumbies, they put us under pressure, they tested us at the set piece, it was a tough battle.

"We have got three wins on tour, it's a first for us and we're really proud of the team's performances over the last three weeks."

The stats bear out the Lions' stoic performance. They had just 40 percent possession, 44 percent territory and made 136 tackles.

The turning point came in the 54th minute when the Lions swooped on a loose pass inside their own half by Brumbies fullback Aidan Toua and Smith out-paced the defence in a 65-metre dash to the tryline.

Elton Jantjies kicked a conversion and a penalty while Andries Coetzee landed a penalty goal after the full-time siren.

The hard-fought four competition points protected the Lions' lead at the top of the Africa Conference Two from the Sharks and strengthens their chances of hosting a home quarterfinal.

It was the Brumbies' fourth straight defeat and yet somehow they still lead the mediocre Australian conference, with the Waratahs having a bye this weekend.

The Brumbies were their own worst enemy, conceding 17 turnovers, missing 11 tackles and making 10 handling errors.

"We just didn't capitalise on our opportunities," Brumbies captain Sam Carter said.

"We had plenty of line breaks and plenty of territory, but when it mattered we couldn't get the result, so you do that against quality opposition like the Lions and you're going to lose."

The Lions return home and will host the Bulls next weekend, while the Brumbies go on the road and face the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Man of the match: It was hard to pick out a standout performer in this match However, Albertus Smith scored an amazing try which proved to be the difference in the end.

The scorers:

For Brumbies:
Pens: Hawera 2

For Lions:
Try: Smith
Con: Jantjies
Pen: Jantjies, A Coetzee

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Ben Hyne, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Tom Banks  

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Anthony Volmink.

Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant referees: Nick Briant, Jordan Way
TMO: Ian Smith

 
TRIES
Albertus Smith (53min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Elton Jantjies (54min)
Wharenui Hawera (18min) and Wharenui Hawera (60min)
PENALTIES
Elton Jantjies (51min) and Andries Coetzee (81min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Canberra
REFEREE Paul Williams (New Zealand)