Johannesburg - The
Golden Lions opened their Currie Cup account with a comprehensive 68-26
victory over the Pumas in Johannesburg, running in 10 tries.
Lourens Erasmus, Jaco van der Walt, Anthony Volmink (2), Cyle Brink,
Sylvian Mahuza, Akker van der Merwe, Howard Mnisi, Koch Marx and Marnitz
Boshoff all crossed the whitewash for the home side on Saturday, with
Van der Walt landing six conversions to Boshoff's three.
In reply the Pumas carded tries through Marlou van Niekerk, Khwezi
Mona, Justin van Staden and Devon Williams but in truth were brushed
aside by the Currie Cup holders, who look every bit like challengers
again this year.
Like their recent Super Rugby campaign, the men from Johannesburg
played the game at a frenetic pace which seemed to surprise the Pumas
who battled to keep up with their hosts.
The Lions scored their opening try as early as the eighth second when
Erasmus pounced on a Pumas error from the kick off. The visitors failed
to gather Jaco van der Walt's kick and Erasmus gathered the loose ball
before outpacing the Pumas chasers to dot down.
The try was a momentous one as it broke the record for the fastest try scored in the history of the Currie Cup.
The champions continued to dominate as the half progressed and
despite having two players sent to the sin bin - Van der Merwe and
Jacques van Rooyen - for foul play, were soon leading 21-0 after Van der
Walt and Volmink crossed for tries.
Volmink's effort was a special one as he beat seven defenders, after
setting off on a mazy run from close to his 22-metre line, before
dotting down under the posts.
The Pumas opened their tally in the 25th minute when Van Niekerk
glided through a gap in the hosts' defence before crossing for a
The Lions soon had their fourth try when Brink dived over from close
quarters on the hour-mark but the Pumas didn't surrender and struck back
when Mona scored their second try, from a line-out drive, in the 33rd
That didn't deter the Lions though and just before half-time Mahuza
crossed for their fifth try, after Mnisi and Van der Merwe did well in
the build-up, and the home side had their tails up with the score at
35-14 at the interval.
The second half was little different as the Lions added five further
tries with Van der Merwe, Mnisi, Marx, Boshoff and Volmink all crossing
Volmink's second five-pointer was similar to his first as he showed
great pace and superb footwork on his way over the tryline in the 78th
To their credit, the Pumas didn't surrender and they were rewarded
with a bonus point, shortly before full-time, when Williams stepped past
a couple of defenders before scoring their fourth try.
Tries: Erasmus, Van der Walt, Volmink (2), Brink, Mahuza, Van der Merwe, Mnisi, Marx, Boshoff
Conversions: Van der Walt (6), Boshoff (3)
Tries: Van Niekerk, Mona, Van Staden
Conversions: Brummer (3)
15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Stokkies
Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi (co-captain), 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9
Ross Cronjé (co-captain), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Steph de Wit, 5
Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques v Rooyen, 2 Akker van der
Merwe, 1 Corné Fourie
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Luvuyiso
Lusaseni, 19 Victor Sekekete, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22
15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jean-Paul Lewis, 13 Hennie
Skorbinski, 12 Marlou van Niekerk, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Francois
Brummer, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6
Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers (captain), 4 Wiehan Hay, 3 Louis Albertse, 2
Francois du Toit, 1 Kwezi Mona
Replacements: 16 Herne Frank, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Jannie Stander, 19 Carel Greef, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Devon Williams
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Sindile Ngcese, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Johan Greeff