Perfect second time of the Lions in Monigo against the South Africans of Cape Town: Albornoz is precise, the goal of overtaking by the young Menoncello was decisive
TREVISO. “Le-o-ni-le-o-ni”. Yes, it had to start over like this. Again with a South African (after Rainbow’s Blue Bulls), again with a South African (the Stormers of Cape Town) to start a new era. Yes the Benetton wants to be the protagonist.
The men of the new head coach Marco Bortolami open the 2021/2022 vintage in Monigo and in front of their fans await the Cape Town franchise, never faced up to now by the Lions. In first half Duvenage and his teammates play a purposeful competition, however they accuse a little too much of indiscipline and fail to realize the potential opportunities produced. The Stormers take advantage of this and at 40 ‘they are therefore ahead 7-11 thanks to Libbok’s kicks. For the Lions the goal scored bears the signature of Gianmarco Lucchesi.
In recovery the Lions immediately saw the disadvantage widen for the second half of the afternoon for the South Africans with Nel. But it is the prelude to the great comeback of the green-and-whites, who recover 11 points behind (7-18) and set two goals with the two substitutes Nemer and Menoncello. Then it is Albornoz’s kicks that make the difference and Benetton Rugby wins in front of their fans their debut in the United Rugby Championship for 22-18.
Benetton Rugby: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ratuva Tavuyara, 13 Marco Zanon (44 ′ Tommaso Menoncello), 12 Joaquin Riera (76 ′ Leonardo Marin), 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Tomas Albornoz, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (c) (49 ′ Callum Braley), 8 Riccardo Favretto, 7 Michele Lamaro, 6 Manuel Zuliani (47 ‘Lorenzo Cannone), 5 Carl Wegner (50’ Federico Ruzza), 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Tiziano Pasquali (41 ‘Ivan Nemer), 2 Gianmarco Lucchesi (54’ Giacomo Nicotera) , 1 Nahuel Chaparro (50 ‘Federico Zani). Head Coach: Marco Bortolami.
Dhl Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sergeal Petersen (66 ′ Juan de Jongh), 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Manie Libbok (72 ′ Tim Swiel), 9 Paul de Wet (55 ′ Stefan Ungerer), 8 Evan Roos, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Deon Fourie (19 ′ Nama Xaba), 5 Salmaan Moerat, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (62 ′ Andre Smith), 3 Neetling Fouche (49 ′ Sazi Sandi), 2 Scarra Ntubeni (45 ′ Andre -Hugo Venter), 1 Leon Lyons (47 ′ Dian Bleuler). Head Coach: John Dobson.
Markings: 1 ′ meta Pretorius, 15 ′ meta Lucchesi tr. Albornoz, 21 ′ P. Libbok, 38 ′ P. Libbok; 44 ′ meta Nel tr. Libbok, 58 ′ meta Nemer tr. Albornoz, 62 ′ pp. Albornoz, 71 ′ meta Menoncello.
Note: Transformations: Benetton Rugby 2/3 (Albornoz 2/3); DHL Stormers 1/2 (Libbok 1/2) ;. Free kicks: Benetton Rugby: 1/3 (Albornoz 1/3); DHL Stormers 2/2 (Libbok 2/2). Man of the match: Tomas Albornoz (BEN).