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Lions too fierce for Rebels

Marnitz Boshoff kicked 19 points to earn the Lions a 34-17 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The hosts won by three tries to two to extend the Rebels' losing streak to six straight matches.

Anthony Volmink, Warwick Tecklenburg and Warren Whiteley crossed for the South Africans, with Tom English and Colby Fainga'a touching down for the visitors.

The Lions got off to a flying start and were on the board after only a minute when, having being stopped on a charge for the line, they moved the ball wide and Volmink went over.

Boshoff missed the conversion, but was on target with a penalty after eight minutes.

Scott Higginbotham looked to respond to the Australians by diving for the corner, but replays showed his foot was in touch.

The Lions then missed out when Stokkies Hanekom knocked on after racing to gather a ball that had been chipped ahead.

The Rebels hit back in the 19th minute. A quick tap penalty saw Higginbotham send the ball out wide to English, who raced in to score. Jack Debreczeni slotted the conversion.

Debreczeni missed a penalty which would have put the Rebels in front.

He was on target with one before the break, but Boshoff nailed two more to leave the Lions 14-10 ahead at half-time.

Boshoff missed another three-pointer soon after the break, and instead Fainga'a dived over the line to put the visitors in front, Debreczeni adding the extras.

Tecklenburg responded with the Lions' second try after a patient build-up and Boshoff's conversion put them back in front.

Boshoff added two more penalties to put the Lions further clear and the game was up for the Rebels when Higginbotham was shown a yellow card after a TMO review for a lifting tackle.

The Lions took full advantage as Whiteley crashed over to score and Boshoff added the final conversion.

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