Johannesburg - The Golden Lions validated their status as pre-tournament favourites
when they beat the Blue Bulls 41-13 at Ellis Park on Saturday
taking the full complement of points from the match courtesy of four
Playing in their original navy blue and white strip from
125 years ago, the Lions lay down the marker early on in the
Although both teams jogged out in blue kit,
it was the team with the darker hue that impressed as they got quick
ball to keep the Bulls on their toes.
The Lions built some
confidence through their scrum, while the loose trio of captain Warren
Whiteley, Jaco Kriel and Derick Minnie were energetic in the loose and
at the breakdowns which gave the side good go-forward ball.
hosts made an impressive start to the match as some good interplay ended
in the first try of the match four minutes after the start.
Ruan Combrinck supplied the spark as he fielded a high ball before
outside centre Stokkies Hanekom stepped his way to the tryline, first
going outside before dancing back inside to score, with flyhalf Marnitz
The Bulls narrowed the gap through a
Jacques-Louis Potgieter penalty conversion in the eighth minute before
Boshoff also added a penalty goal five minutes later.
quarter hour mark Boshoff slotted a drop goal for a 10-point lead before
extending the advantage with a penalty conversion eight minutes from
The Lions struck a debilitating blow as the Bulls
strung their most promising attack together only to see Combrinck
intercept a Potgieter pass for an unchallenged sprint to the tryline,
with Boshoff adding the two points for a 23-3 lead.
recess the Bulls started chipping away at the Lions' lead starting the
half with a try that seemed too easy as they spread the ball through the
hands to winger Sampie Mastriet, who scored in the left-hand corner.
Potgieter converted the five-pointer before he added a penalty goal in the 48th minute to shrink the deficit to 10 points.
retired hurt to hand over the baton to the 20-year-old Jaco van der
Walt, who added a three-pointer to the score shortly after stepping onto
At the turn of the final quarter, Van der Walt scored his second penalty goal of the night to hand his side a 29-13 lead.
the 65th minute fiery flank Jaco Kriel scored his side's third try of
the match after his team won a turnover, which allowed winger Lionel
Mapoe to break the line and put Kriel away with a short pass, with Van
der Walt converting.
The Lions were made to work for their
bonus-point try but found it at the death when they set up a maul from a
lineout which saw Warwick Tecklenburg taking the points from the back,
with Van der Walt missing the conversion.
Tries: Stokkies Hanekom, Ruan Combrinck, Jaco Kriel, Warwick
Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2), Jaco van der Walt
Penalties: Boshoff (2), Van der Walt (2)
Drop goal: Boshoff
Try: Sampie Mastriet
Conversion: Jacques-Louis Potgieter
Penalties: Potgieter (2)
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi.
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jono Ross, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel