Johannesburg - Stokkies Hanekom ran in a hat-trick of tries as the Golden Lions
XV upset the Griquas 52-37 (halftime 21-21) in their provincial
tournament clash at the Johannesburg Police Rugby Club in Marks Park on
Outside centre Hanekom scored three of the Golden Lions’ seven tries
with replacement back JW Bell grabbing a brace of tries while flyhalf
Marnitz Boshoff kicked seven conversions and a penalty for a personal
haul of 17 points.
The Griquas did have the consolation of claiming a bonus point for
scoring four tries with left wing Alshaun Bock scoring a brace of his
The Griquas came into the match having lost only one of their first
nine games while the Golden Lions had won just three of their eight
The hosts started in fine form with Hanekom grabbing two tries in the
first 14 minutes as the Golden Lions opened up a 14-0 lead.
The Griquas opened their account in the 18th minute when Bock dotted down for a converted score.
But the Golden Lions had built up a head of steam and fullback Shaun
Reynolds dotted down in the corner with Boshoff slotting the difficult
conversion as the hosts extended their lead to 21-7 after 22 minutes.
The Griquas fought their way back into the contest as fullback AJ
Koertzen scored a converted try before Bock went over for his second try
of the contest with flyhalf Andre Swarts kicking the conversion as the
visitors levelled the scores five minutes before halftime as the teams
reached the break locked at 21-21.
The Griquas made an excellent start to the second half with tight head
prop Stephan Kotze running in a try after a loose pass had been
Swarts kicked a penalty to extend the lead to 10 points before the
home team struck back thanks to a converted try from lock Lourens
Swarts kicked a second penalty but the Golden Lions grabbed the lead
once again when Hanekom completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute with
Boshoff’s conversion giving the hosts a one-point lead before Boshoff
slotted a penalty to give the Lions a bit of breathing space.
Swarts cut the gap to just one point again with a penalty but the
Golden Lions made sure of the win when Bell scored a converted try in
the 73rd minute before he grabbed a second try with just a minute left
in the contest.
Xerox Golden Lions XV – Tries: Stokkies Hanekom (3),
Shaun Reynolds, Lourens Erasmus, JW Bell (2); Conversions: Marnitz
Boshoff (7); Penalty: Boshoff.
Griquas – Tries: Alshaun Bock (2), AJ Koertzen, Stephan Kotze; Conversions: Andre Swarts (3); Penalties: Swarts (3).