Currie Cup

Clinical Lions stretch lead

2011-09-16 21:40
Elton Jantjies (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Clinical Golden Lions scored six tries en route to a bonus-point 43-23 victory over Platinum Leopards Friday in the Currie Cup.

Success in  Potchefstroom gave the Lions a 10-point lead at the top of the table in the oldest domestic rugby union championship in the world.

Closest rivals Western Province and title holders Sharks have tough away games Saturday at Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs respectively as they seek to close the gap with four league rounds left after this weekend.

The Lions have benefited from having only fly-half Butch James with defending champions South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand while Province, Sharks and Bulls form the core of the 30-man squad.

But former All Blacks coach John Mitchell deserves credit for transforming a star-less team of perennial underachievers into an efficient outfit who shrugged off an early Leopards lead to build a 21-9 advantage by half-time.

Prop Patric Cilliers scored the bonus-point fourth try eight minutes into the second half and the Lions were 43-9 ahead before the bottom-of-the-table Leopards grabbed two late converted tries.

Scorers:

Leopards: Tries: Johann Laker, Gavin Williamson. Conversions: Clayton Durand (2). Penalties: Wesley Dunlop (3).

Lions: Tries: Derick Minnie (2), Jaco Taute, Pat Cilliers, Michael Killian, Johan Snyman. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (5). Penalties: Jantjies.

Read more on:    currie cup  |  golden lions
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
04 September 2015
Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs, Loftus Versfeld 19:10
05 September 2015
Sharks v Pumas, Growthpoint Kings Park 15:00
Western Province v Griquas, Newlands Stadium 17:05
Golden Lions v Eastern Province Kings, Emirates Airline Park 19:10
11 September 2015
Eastern Province Kings v Free State Cheetahs, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:10
12 September 2015
Sharks v Western Province, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:05
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions, Loftus Versfeld 19:00
Griquas v Pumas, Kimberley 19:10
18 September 2015
Pumas v Eastern Province Kings, Mbombela Stadium 17:00
Western Province v Blue Bulls, Newlands Stadium 19:00
19 September 2015
Golden Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airline Park 14:30
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas, Free State Rugby Stadium 17:05
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

The Currie Cup is a thing of the past and attention now turns to the Springboks' end of year tour where they will play Ireland, England, Italy and Wales. How many Test matches will Heyneke Meyer's men win?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.