Rampant Lions thump WP

2013-06-14 21:32
Ruan Combrinck (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - A dominant first half display from the Golden Lions guided the home side to a 42-12 (half-time 28-5) win over Western Province at Ellis Park on Friday evening.

Touchdowns from Ruan Combrinck (2), Stokkies Hanekom (2), Derick Minnie and Gavin Annandale sealed victory for the Lions, outscoring their visitors six tries to two.

The men from Johannesburg are preparing for their promotion/relegation playoff fixture against the lowest ranked South African side in this year's Super Rugby competition in July.

WP called up the Stormers' duo of Scarra Ntubeni and scrumhalf Nic Groom, so the players could earn some much needed game time.

Ntubeni has missed most of the season due to injury, and Groom - who was named captain - has fallen out of favour with the Stormers' management following a string of disappointing performances.

The hosts got off to the best possible start when Combrinck was put through by the Lions backline, before dotting down inside the opening three minutes. Marnitz Boshoff added two points from the conversion.

Having gained the early advantage, the Lions had to wait 20 minutes before doubling their lead through Hanekom, before Boshoff converted, putting the home side 14 points ahead before the half-time break.

Hanekom scored his second of the night four minutes later, after a promising WP attack ended in Hanekom sprinting home from inside his own 22 metre area.

WP conceded their fourth try shortly after, as Combrinck went over for his second, which Boshoff coolly converted to keep his 100 percent record intact as the game approached the interval.

The visitors started where they had left off in the opening period, as Dillyn Leyds ran over for WP's second, which flyhalf Tim Swiel converted for his first successful attempt at goal.

WP maintained the pressure, but 11 minutes from time, the Lions stretched their lead to 23. Flank Derick Minnie waltzed past the WP defence and trotted over for the home side's fifth try under the posts.

Gavin Annandale was next to dot down for the Lions, after the second half replacement picked up a loose ball behind a ruck on the WP tryline and crashed over for five points shortly before the full-time whistle.



Tries: Ruan Combrinck (2), Stokkies Hanekom (2), Derick Minnie, Gavin Annandale.

Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (5), Lionel Cronje (1)

Western Province:

Tries: Joshua Katzen, Dillyn Leyds.

Conversion: Tim Swiel.



15. Ruan Combrinck, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Hugo Kloppers, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. CJ van der Linde, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16. Francois du Toit, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Gavin Annandale, 19. Willie Britz, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Dylan des Fountain, 22. Lionel Cronje, 23. Kobus de Kock, 24. Julian Redelinghuys

Western Province:

15. Dillyn Leyds, 14. Pat Howard, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Michael van der Spuy, 11. Devon Williams, 10. Tim Swiel, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Rayn Smid, 7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6. Joshua Katzen, 5. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4. Taz Fuzani, 3. Dylan Rogers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Ashley Wells

Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Allistair Vermaak, 18. Jean Kleyn, 19. Carel du Preez, 20. Ryan Olivier, 21. Godlin Masimla, 22. Kobus van Wyk

Lions Challenge fixture list for 2013:

January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia
January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs
February 2: Lions 33-38 Bulls
February 9: Lions 41-31 Kings
February 23: Namibia v Lions - Cancelled
March 16: Lions 56-24 Mont de Marsan
April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Cancelled
April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Cancelled
May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park - Cancelled
June 1: Lions 74-14 Samoa - Ellis Park
June 14: Lions 42-12 Western Province - Ellis Park
June 21: Lions v Sharks - Ellis Park - 19:00
July 6: Lions v Blue Bulls - Loftus Versfeld - 16:30
July 13: Lions v Griquas - Ellis Park - 15:00
July 26: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - TBA - 19:10
August 2: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park - 19:10

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