Lions speedster Aphiwe Dyantyi bagged a double for the Lions as they triumphed in the battle of Super Rugby’s Cats in Johannesburg.
The Lions won 47-27.
Dyantyi, in his Super Rugby debut season, was outstanding a week ago against the Sharks, and he was even more menacing against an Argentinean outfit that couldn’t live with his pace or the pace of the Lions.
The Jaguares, the most penalised team in the competition, and also the most ill-disciplined with having players sent off, again lost all momentum midway through the first half because of this ill-discipline.
The Jaguares had led 10-0 against a Lions team that were subdued and charitable to the visitors, but Dyantyi created the spark with his first try and showed electric pace and a wonderful step for his second try.
It was however the yellow card and penalty try conceded to turn a 10-5 lead into a 12-10 deficit that was pivotal in the context of the match. The Lions never looked back and the Jaguares were constantly looking back at a scoreboard that was damaging.
The Lions scored seven tries to three against a Jaguares team that played the final 10 minutes with 14 men.
The Jaguares are now zero from two; an all too familiar return for them in Super Rugby and the the Lions are also in familiar territory with two wins from two starts.
Elton Jantjies converted five of the seven tries.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Leonardo Senatore, 23 Ramiro Moyano