Lions hold off Blues for win

The Blues will count themselves unlucky to lose after scoring five tries in the second-half.

Marnitz Boshoff scored 24 points to help the Lions to a 39-36 win over the Blues at Elllis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Marnitz Boshoff put in yet another match winning performance, scoring 24 points helping the Lions to a 39-36 win over the Blues at Elllis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

He was well supported by Faf De Klerk, Courtnall Skosan and Coenie Van Wyk who all crossed the whitewash, although questions were raised around the legitimacy of Van Wyk's tri after what seemed like a knock on over the line.

The Blues will count themselves unlucky to lose, especially after scoring five tries in the second-half and still coming up short.

Blues Coach John Kirwan believes the result was fair.

"We probably didn't deserve to win because we made a lot of mistakes in the first-half and the yellow card was obviously a two trier for you. We came into the half-time under the pump.

"I was really proud of the boys' fight-back. I thought the Lions deserved to win in the end. I thought we could have stolen it but we just need to give ourselves a bit of a better chance."

Lions captain Warren Whiteley says it's a great feeling to beat New Zealand opposition.

"I think it's nice for the guys playing their first international opposition if you want to call it that, so it is a nice boost in confidence. We can learn a lot from our second half when we let them in, but definitely happy with the character. That first-half performance was outstanding."

Today's win is the third for the young Lions team in the competition.