Blues run out of time against Lions
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Down 0-17 at half-time, the situation had been compounded when a 40th minute penalty saw the Lions take a quick tap and race downfield to create a try for wing Courtnall Skoson.
Discipline was an issue for the Blues with prop Charlie Faumuina sin-binned with 10 minutes of the first-half left, and then five minutes into the second half lock Tom Donnelly was given 10 minutes for a ruck offence.
The Lions opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when halfback Faf de Klerk was able to score from a ruck. First five-eighths Marnitz Boshoff converted and then landed a long dropped goal six minutes later.
From the re-start the penalty was conceded which created Skosan's try for the half-time lead.
Just after the start of the second half Boshoff, who scored 22 points, landed his second dropped goal.
The Blues finally got on the board with a penalty goal from first five-eighths Chris Noakes in the 46th minute while Boshoff landed his first in the 52nd minute.
That set the scene for the Blues scoring run which produced 33 points in 28 minutes.
First it was wing Charles Piutau who scored in the corner. Almost immediately the All Blacks wing was back in the action when breaking and chipping ahead to create a chance which replacement halfback Bryn Hall took for a try.
In the 60th minute, fullback Coenie van Wyk was awarded a try when falling on loose ball created after the ball was ruled to have been knocked out of centre Deon van Rensburg's hands. Boshoff's conversion gave the Lions a 30-15 lead.
Five minutes later Hall found space and wing Frank Halai scored to get the Blues back to eight points behind.
However, Boshoff nudged the home team ahead with a 68th minute penalty goal.
The Blues kept coming however and centre George Moala scored the bonus point try in the 71st minute and replacement first five-eighths Simon Hickey added the conversion.
However, Boshoff landed two more successive penalty goals to give his side a buffer which proved the difference as fullback Benji Marshall scored his first try for the side when stepping around the Lions defence to score. Hickey landed the conversion with a drop-kick.
With time still available, the Blues were pinned in their own 22 as the home team claimed the win.
Lions 39 (Coenie van Wyk, Courtnall Skosan, Francois de Klerk tries; Marnitz Boshoff 3 con, 4 pen, 2 dropped goals) Blues 36 (Charles Piutau, Bryn Hall, Frank Halai, George Moala, Benji Marshall tries; Chris Noakes 2 con, pen; Simon Hickey 2 con). HT: 17-0
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