Lions go down to Hurricanes in epic Super Rugby final
The Lions’ only points came from the boot of Elton Jantjies with a penalty in the first 40 minutes.
JOHANNESBURG - The Emirates Lions failed to reproduce the spectacular performances that saw them get to the final, when they went down 20-3 to the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby final at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The Johannesburg side went into the match as firm underdogs but their heroics against seven-time champions the Crusaders and defending champions the Highlanders had everyone raising an eyebrow at the possibility of victory for them.
It would not be the case as the Canes proved why they were they finished top of the combined log, as they capitalised on some mistakes from the visitors to grab two tries - one in each half through Cory Jane and Beauden Barrett.
The Lions' only points came from the boot of Elton Jantjies with a penalty in the first 40 minutes but other than that, Johan Ackermann's side had little else to show for their efforts.
They did all they could to steal a try in the dying minutes, but the Canes defence refused to allow them any space to manoeuvre.
The Hurricanes repaid their fans for the disappointment of losing to the Highlanders in the 2015 final.