Ospreys shock the Lions

Henry

When you have something in a bag, you tie it up, especially on the rugby field.

It’s an age-old lesson that the Lions learned the hard way on Sunday afternoon at Ellis Park when they suffered their first ever defeat against the Welsh Ospreys, and at Ellis Park on top of that.

The Ospreys won the game in the European Challenge Cup series 38-28 after the Lions were 18-14 ahead at half-time.

On the contrary, the Lions were still 28-17 ahead with ten minutes to go and the visitors appeared poo-poo.

But the Ospreys did not lie down, they rose from the ashes and scored three tries in the last seven minutes.

The Lions can kick themselves over the defeat, because it was handed away on a platter. But when you get three yellow cards for illegal play, you pay a price.

In the first 70 minutes the Lions dominated, they scrimmaged the Ospreys and got over the advantage line very easily.

But the yellow cards which allowed the hooker PJ Botha, the captain and center Marius Louw and the substitute flanker Hanru Sirgel to get the go-ahead, bit the Lions on the heels.

Where it seemed for 70 minutes as if the Welsh had no playmakers, as well as a lack of speed, there was a dramatic turnaround.

Then the Lions appeared leaden.

Fortunately, the Lions were already certain of a place in the play-offs before the game, but they will have to do some self-examination as to why they gave up so easily.

Also, their lack of discipline will have to be addressed.

Scorers:

Lions: 28 (18): Threes: Marius Louw (2), JC Pretorius, Morné van den Berg. Goal kick: Sanele Nohamba. Penalty goals: Nohamba (2).

Ospreys: 38 (14): Tries: Owen Watkin, George North, Keelan Giles, Cameron Jones, Morgan Morse. Goals: Jack Walsh (3), Dan Edwards (2). Penalty Goal: Edwards.