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Boshoff inspires Lions victory

Marnitz Boshoff kicked 29 points to inspire the Lions to a 34-10 Super Rugby win over the Stormers at Ellis Park.

The Lions made it two wins out of two thanks in no small part to the boot of Boshoff, who scored all of his side's points in their win over the Cheetahs a week ago and on Saturday booted six penalties, three drop goals and a conversion.

Stefan Watermeyer scored the hosts' only try, while Scarra Ntubeni crossed for the Stormers, for whom Demetri Catrakilis kicked five points.

The Lions went into the match having lost their last 13 matches to the Stormers, but Watermeyer gave them the ideal start this time.

Warren Whiteley broke through the Stormers defensive line before passing outside to Watermeyer, who raced for the line to score. Boshoff converted.

The 25-year-old added drop goals after five and nine minutes to make it 13-0.

Catrakilis missed a kick to get the Stormers on the board, but Boshoff's unerring accuracy continued as he sent two penalties between the posts to put the hosts 19 points up.

The Stormers grabbed a lifeline when hooker Ntubeni broke free from a tackle to score, Catrakilis adding the extras.

Boshoff continued to keep his side a comfortable distance clear, though, kicking another penalty before a Catrakilis effort made it 22-10 at half-time.

The Lions lost lock Franco Mostert to a yellow card in the 43rd minute for collapsing an attacking maul, but the Stormers could not break through.

Indeed Boshoff kicked another penalty to extend the hosts' lead in the 51st minute.

The Lions were reduced to 14 men again in the 55th minute, prop Julian Redelinghuys this time the man sent to the sin-bin, but their defence refused to buckle.

And on his return, Boshoff knocked over his third drop goal and added two more penalties to complete an impressive personal display and an emphatic win.


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