Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

The day Dyantyi wrote his name in bright neon colours

- JACQUES VAN DER WESTHUYZEN

team lacked patience on the ball, often forcing passes and looking for off-loads when they weren’t on.

It was a scrappy performanc­e allround. The Jaguares, as expected, camped on the offside line and looked to play a big spoiling game, leading the Lions to over-eagerness at times and not protecting the ball as well as they should have.

After being rocked early by a try to wing Emeliano Boffelli, who also knocked over a 50m penalty after 18 minutes, the Lions found their mojo when Dyantyi took a long skip pass by Harold Vorster and stepped inside his opposite number to go over and get his team into the game.

Not long after that, referee Jaco Peyper awarded the home team a penalty try after Jaguares wing Bautista Delguy was deemed to have prevented the home team from scoring a probable try when he knocked down a pass by Warren Whiteley.

Andries Coetzee then went over on the stroke of half-time after being sent on his way by Lionel Mapoe– who for the second week running produced a master-class in midfield – to help the home team into a commanding, if not solely convincing, lead at the break.

After the resumption, the Lions upped the tempo and showed greater patience and they were duly rewarded. First wing Sylvian Mahuza showed great pace to outstrip the visitors’ defence to score his first try of the season after being put away by Dyantyi in midfield and then Dyantyi himself got his second of the match – a try that will be remembered for a long time by the fans.

The Lions attacked from deep in their own half and after receiving the ball on his own 10 metre line he showed great pace to initially beat the first line of defence and then he stepped brilliantl­y off his left foot to leave Jaguares fullback Joachin Tuculet for dead; the try ending the visitors’ challenge and turning him into an instant hero.

Replacemen­t back Rohan Janse van Rensburg then came on to get his name on the scoresheet as well with a well-taken try before the Jaguares, through Delguy, who got two tries in quick succession, hit back at the end.

The Lions though scored last, with Whiteley being rewarded for an excellent performanc­e with a try in the 80th minute.

 ??  ?? HOMETOWN HERO: Aphiwe Dyantyi of the Lions avoids a tackle from Bautista Delguy of the Jaguares.
HOMETOWN HERO: Aphiwe Dyantyi of the Lions avoids a tackle from Bautista Delguy of the Jaguares.
 ?? REUTERS ?? JOHNNY SEXTON: What went wrong?
REUTERS JOHNNY SEXTON: What went wrong?

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