Johannesburg - The Golden Lions have continued their impressive unbeaten Vodacom Cup run by beating the Hino Valke 48-26 in a North Section clash at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Saturday.
The Lions first-half blitz, accentuated by five superb tries, set the tone in this match as they built up a 41-7 lead at the break.
The Valke’s tendency to start sedately in the Vodacom Cup was exposed by the explosive three-quarters and their industrious loose trio in the opening 40 minutes.
The hosts scored three second-half tries, but left their counter-offensive too late to spoil the Lions’ unbeaten four-match run, which has yielded three bonus point wins.
The visitors dominated territory and possession, scoring 27 unanswered points in the first 23 minutes.
Ashlon Davids converted two early penalties.
The loose forwards were particularly promising, as Stephan de Wit (openside flanker) and Ruann Lerm (eightman) scored two of the first three tries, while Jacobus de Kock rounded off a third in the dominant first half.
The hosts hit back straight away through a try by the lock Anrich Richter converted by the fullback Juan Kotze.
Yet the Lions finished the half strongly through more dynamic attacking and Malcolm Marx and De Wit scored in the 30th and 39th minutes.
The Valke scrumhalf Anrich Richter led a second-half fightback by scoring a brace, while Arno Poley scored a late try to lend more respectability to the Valke’s scoreline.
De Kock scored the Lions’ sixth try in the 62nd minute.
Golden Lions: 48 - Tries: Stephan de Wit (2), Jacobus de Kock (2), Ruann Lerm, Malcolm Marx; Conversions: Ashlon Davids (5), Warren Potgieter; Penalties: Davids (2)
Valke: 26 - Tries: Anrich Richter (2), Jacques Alberts, Arno Poley; Conversions: Juan Kotze (3).