WATCH: Heartwarming reception for Jannie du Plessis

Jannie du Plessis has obtained widespread assist from the Lions and the larger rugby group after tragically shedding his son in a drowning accident final month.


He was afforded the chance to take as a lot compassionate depart as required, however bravely returned to the Lions squad this previous weekend, and got here off the bench in opposition to the Stormers.

As he took to the sector, it was clear to see what a touching reception he obtained.

You can watch the clip under as Jannie took to the sector:


The Lions picked up their first win for the reason that opening spherical of the United Rugby Championship as they triumphed 37-19 over the Stormers in Cape Town.

The Johannesburg outfit had not registered a victory since beating Zebre Parma in Italy on the opening night time of the marketing campaign, however tries from Francke Horn (2), Andre Warner and Vincent Tshituka – and 17 factors from the boot of Fred Zeilinga – noticed them overcome the Stormers.

Stefan Ungerer, Seabelo Senatla and Andre-Hugo Venter crossed for the house aspect, with Manie Libbok and Tim Swiel kicking a conversion apiece.

Horn opened the scoring after 10 minutes, going over following a superb run by Tshituka.

Zeilinga added the extras and a subsequent penalty, and issues went from dangerous to worse for the Stormers when captain Salmaan Moerat was sin-binned for making contact within the air from the restart.

The Lions, nonetheless, quickly discovered themselves gentle on personnel, as Willem Alberts and former Stormers wing Edwill van der Merwe have been proven yellow playing cards in fast succession – the latter for a hair pull on Senatla.

With the Stormers two males to the great following Moerat’s return to the sector, Ungerer discovered a niche within the Lions defence to run within the hosts’ first attempt.

Libbok was on the right track from the tee to scale back the deficit to a few factors and the Stormers had the lead quickly after as Senatla went over regardless of suspicions of a ahead cross.

The conversion was missed and a Zeilinga penalty edged the Lions again in entrance earlier than half-time.

Warner stretched the lead by touching down early within the second half, following some neat footwork from Wandisile Simelane, and Zeilinga made it 20-12 from the tee earlier than Jaco Visagie was sin-binned for not rolling away.

Being a person down didn’t stop the Lions from extending their benefit additional, with Burger Odendaal sending Tshituka over after 55 minutes and Zeilinga notching the conversion.

Stormers wing Rikus Pretorius noticed yellow for a deliberate knock on and Zeilinga made it an 18-point margin from the tee, earlier than Venter and Horn exchanged tries within the closing levels – the latter incomes his aspect a bonus level.

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