Emirates Lions In Smash And Grab Win Over Scarlets


The Emirates Lions faced a reinvigorated Scarlets on Saturday and were on their way to losing their third match on tour. However, the Emirates Lions scored 10 unanswered points in the last seven minutes of the match to secure a 24-23 win over the Scarlets.

The Scarlets "dominated" the first half and the Lions were smiling trailing only 07-10 after 40 minutes of play. Despite being "dominated" the Lions kept in contact with their hosts on the scoreboard. The Lions scored 10 unanswered points in the last seven minutes of the match to secure a 24-23 win over the Scarlets.

A converted penalty by Ioan Lloyd opened the Scarlets' account after only 3 minutes of play.

Ten minutes later, Scarlets winger Tom Rogers scored the first try of the match extending their lead to 10-00. The Scarlets were at that stage dominating the visitors and set up camp in the Lions' half.

The Lions started to claw their way back into the match and after 20 minutes of play captain Marius Louw picked up the ball behind a collapsed maul en strolled over the Scarlets' tryline to reduce the Scarlets' lead to just 3 points.

The rest of the first was scoreless and the Scarlets led 10-07 going into the second half.

The Scarlets had a confident start in the second half and Ioan Lloyd added his second converted penalty to extend the Scarlets' lead to 13-07 with 30 minutes still to play.

However, the Lions attacked from the kick-off and after a patient build-up on the back of their power game, hooker PJ Botha forced his way over for a try. The Lions led for the first time in the match with 13-12.

However, the Lions led for a minute or two before Ian Lloyd converted a penalty to hand the lead back to Scarlets who led 16-14 with 25 minutes still to play in the second half.

The Scarlets upped the pace and physicality of their play, and as a result, hooker Ryan Elias scored from the back of a 5-meter lineout-maul to extend the Scarlets' lead to 9 points and 10 minutes to play.

Sanele Nohamba converted a penalty to reduce the Scarlets' lead to just 6 points, leaving the visitors needing a converted try to secure a win.

Disaster struck for the Scarlets when a clearance kick was stormed down in their 22m, and was picked up by Henco van Wyk to score the Lions 3rd try. The Lions led 24-23 which was also the final points of the match.

Scarlets: Tries: Tom Rogers, Ryan Elias. Conversion: Ioan Lloyd (2). Penalties: Ioan Lloyd (3).
Emirates Lions: Tries: Marius Louw, BJ Botha, Henco van Wyk. Conversions: Sanele Nohamba (3). Penalty: Sanele Nohamba.


Scarlets: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Joe Roberts, 12 Eddie James, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Ioan Lloyd, 9 Gareth Davies (captain), 8 Carwyn Tuipulotu, 7 Teddy Leatherbarrow, 6 Taine Plumtree, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Alex Craig, 3 Harri O’Connor, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Kemsley Mathias. Replacements: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Steff Thomas, 18 Wyn Jones, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Ben Williams, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Charlie Titcombe, 23 Ioan Nicholas.

Emirates Lions: 15 Quan Horn, 14 Richard Kriel, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Sanele Nohamba, 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tsituka, 6 Hanru Sirgel, 5 Ruan Delport, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Corne Fourie. Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 JP Smith, 18 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Ruan Venter, 21 JC Pretorius, 22 Jordan Hendrikse, 23 Rynhardt Jonker.