Johannesburg - The Lions were in rampant form in
their Lions Challenge match beating French club side Mont de Marsan
56-24, in Johannesburg, on Saturday.
The home-side scored a
confidence boosting eight tries to the four of the visitors and would
hold them in good stead ahead of their two-match tour of the United
States at the beginning of April.
The Lions started with a bang scoring two tries within the opening five minutes of their clash against the French side.
Lock Hendrik Roodt first powered his way over the tryline, while loose forward Derick Minnie followed suite a few minutes later.
Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff converted both tries to hand the side an early 14-point lead.
French club side, however, were reluctant push-overs as they scored
their first try in the eighth minute when centre Daniele Baleinadogo
crossed the line, with flyhalf Benat Arrayet converting.
The burly centre scored his brace seven minutes later as he capitalised on poor defence by the Lions to level the scores 14-14.
The stalemate continued for the next 15 minutes as neither of the sides could break each other's defensive line.
Michael Bondesio, however, put the Lions back in the lead once again
when he tapped five minutes from the line and forced himself over the
line with eight minutes left in the first half.
Two minutes later
Roodt, who played starring role in the Lions' victory, crossed the try
line for his second five-pointer of the match, with Bosoff converting to
extend their lead to 28-14 before the half-time break.
Following the exciting final minutes of the first half, the opening minutes of the second provided little to rave about.
The game kicked into gear once again in the 53rd minute when flank Warwick Tecklenburg scored the Lions' fifth try of the match.
His try gave his side the needed positive momentum as they scored close to intervals of four minutes.
altitude and fast pace of the match clearly started to take its toll on
the tourists as the Johannesburg-based side found easy passage to the
The Lions added three more tries in the space of 10
minutes with Ruhan Nel, Andries Coetzee and Guy Cronje each adding their
names on score sheet.
The French side added two more tries
courtesy Jean Marc Mazonetto and Martin Jagr, but it was of little
consolation as they were completely outplayed on their African safari.
Lions 56 (14): Tries: Hendrik Roodt (2), Derrick Minnie, Michael
Bondesio, Warwick Tecklenburg, Ruhan Nel, Andries Coetzee, Guy Cronje.
Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (6), Lionel Cronje (2).
Mont de Marsan 24 (14): Tries: Daniele Baleinadogo (2), Jean Marc Mazzonetto, Martin Jagr. Conversions: Benat Arrayet.