The Lions bought their United Rugby Championship journey off to an ideal – albeit nervous – begin after they defeated Italian staff Zebre 38-26 in Parma on Friday night time.
The win would have shocked most observers after the Lions’ disappointing efficiency within the Currie Cup for the previous few months. Ivan van Rooyen’s staff gained two of twelve video games in home competitors and had little likelihood of constructing an impression within the URC.
The Lions held on to victory after being almost torn to items within the second part due to a superb first half during which they scored 5 tries and 35 factors – whereas preserving Zebre pointless.
Maintain on, as a result of after half-time, not like within the first 40 minutes, there was just one staff – Zebre. They struck again in a approach, terrifying the Lions effectively and proper, going up on 12 factors after scoring 26 unanswered factors.
The win would have elevated confidence within the Lions roster, nonetheless, and eased the stress on Van Rooyen and his redesigned teaching staff.
In a two-half sport, Lions wing crossed Jamba Ulengo within the eleventh
Then, within the twentieth and twenty second minutes, wing Rabx Maxwane bought the double – his first after a sweeping assault from beneath and the second after a tough ball kicked by Odendaal.
And the Lions’ fifth try got here from whore Jaco Visagie, who walked in from 35 yards after accumulating a unfastened ball that the Zebre gamers did not take into the air.
A penalty from Hendrikse after the break gave the Lions a 38-0 lead, however Zebre virtually discovered their groove out of nowhere and so they merely tore the Lions protection to items in the middle of the second half.
Inside 12 minutes, Flyhalf Carlo Canna, heart Tommaso Boni and substitute hooker Oliviero Fabiani crossed for makes an attempt for Zebre, whereas additionally being awarded a penalty, resulting in Lions striker Sibusiso Sangweni being made sinful.
Fortunately for the Lions, Zebre ran out of momentum within the closing phases and the Lions took a much-needed win.