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Boshoff kicks 19 points as Lions beat Rebels 34-17 in Super Rugby

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JOHANNESBURG - New Springbok cap Marnitz Boshoff kicked the Lions to a 34-17 victory over fellow strugglers the Rebels and to their most successful season in Super Rugby — not that the feat represented a major achievement.

Flyhalf Boshoff made his first international appearance last week when he came off the bench during South Africa's 55-6 victory over Scotland, and he proved his status as one of his country's most accurate goal kickers by slotting five penalties and two conversions to give the Lions their sixth win of the competition on Friday.

While that gave the Lions something to celebrate as it took them to their highest win tally in a season, it also highlighted just how unsuccessful they have been in the tournament.

The victory was also not enough to improve their standing as they remained 13th in the table, one place ahead of the Melbourne-based Rebels, who are still looking for their first win in South Africa.

With both sides well and truly out of the running for the playoff places, a sparse crowd turned out on a cold night at the iconic Ellis Park stadium.

They were soon on their feet as Boshoff's long skip pass put Anthony Volmink over in the corner after just two minutes, before the flyhalf kicked an easy penalty.

Stokkies Hanekom's knock-on in the in-goal area signalled a turn of the tide in the 21st minute, however, with Tom English scoring for the Rebels one minute later.

Boshoff's two penalties gave the Lions a 14-10 lead at halftime, but the visitors took the lead for the first time 12 minutes after the break when Colby Fainga'a went over off the back of a rolling maul.

The game's turning point soon followed though, with Warwick Tecklenburg's try putting the Lions back in front before Boshoff kicked two quick penalties to give the hosts total control.

Lions captain Warren Whiteley put the game to bed in the 71st minute when he barged over from close range, just moments after his opposite number Scott Higginbotham had been sent to the sin-bin for a dangerous clearout.

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