Lions bag bonus point

2011-09-02 21:23

Nelspruit - The MTN Golden Lions claimed a full house of five points but had to survive a total turnaround of fortunes in the second half as they beat the Ford Pumas 34-20 (halftime 27-6) in their Absa Currie Cup match at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday

Golden Lions took their South African Currie Cup lead to 10 points.

After dominating the first half and turning 27-6 ahead, the Lions were on the back foot for much of the second half in Nelspruit.

The fourth Lions try which sealed success and a bonus point came 75 seconds into stoppage time from replacement forward Johan 'Joe' Snyman.

Stung by finding themselves just seven points ahead with three minutes left in perfect early spring conditions, the Lions laid siege to the Pumas try-line.

And the pressure paid off when Snyman found a gap to dot down near the posts and star fly-half Elton Jantjies converted to complete a 14-point haul.

Other try scorers for the Lions were left wing Michael Killian, flank Michael Rhodes and full-back Jaco Taute.

But some gloss was taken off the seventh success in eight outings by the first-half loss of centre Lionel Mapoe with a dislocated shoulder.

Pumas fell to last despite a brave show with fly-half Coenie van Wyk kicking two penalties and converting tries by flank Corne Steenkamp and full-back MJ Mentz.


Ford Pumas - Tries: Corne Steenkamp, MJ Mentz. Conversions: Coenie van Wyk (2). Penalties: Van Wyk (2).

MTN Golden Lions - Tries: Michael Killian, Michael Rhodes, Jaco Taute, Johan Snyman. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (4). Penalties: Jantjies (2).


  • Taetjo - 2011-09-02 21:30

    Lionel Mapoe should stay at center! I hope that injury wasn't serious. Welldone Lions.

      Maverick - 2011-09-02 23:41

      I always rated Mapoe as a winger, but since he started playing, I really got worried about him. Not about his ability, or performance, but rather worried that the Bulls, Sharks, or Province may steal him at the end of the season.

  • Priester - 2011-09-02 21:35

    Thanks to both teams for a game I thoroughly enjoyed! Some poor refereeing to both sides but nevertheless a good game! Jaco Taute had a great game and he seems to be the workhorse in the backline. The Pumas had a superb second half. Blou Bul Groete!

      Maverick - 2011-09-02 23:35

      The ref did not have a too bad game. His "assistants" did not give him enough support. Anyway, he did not cause advantage for one side with strange decisions. I kinda like old Jafta. I think he is a comical ref. Smaller than the scrummies, but very cheeky! LOL. And congrats Lions, you made me proud with your never-say-die attitude.

  • Kalla - 2011-09-02 21:54

    Ai tog die Pumas kan net nie deur breek nie ,vasbyt manne!

      Maverick - 2011-09-02 23:38

      Pumas het blerrie goed gespeel die tweede helfte... My 'n bietjie laat worry! Goeie game, Boys!

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  • Claude - 2011-09-03 06:47

    Their moment of truth will arrive when they have to play a top team that is at full strength. I hope they will have grown sufficiently to cope!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-05 11:36

      Jealous much? Well played Lions!

  • Zion - 2011-09-03 07:12

    The outcome of this game is quite interesting indeed. TheGolden Lions have won a total of 34 log points and remain at the top of the log. The Pumas won only 5 log points and remain at the bottom of the log. The inference one can draw here is that the GL have a defence problem in order to allow the weakest team to rip them off for 20 points. The 34 points the GL scored is an indication of their attacking abilities and the fact that the Pumas are a weak team.

      Zion - 2011-09-03 07:16

      Correction: The Golden Lions have won atotal of 32 log points. Other reference to 34 to be altered to 32

      PDP - 2011-09-03 10:29

      And your point being? The Pumas have stretched a few teams to the limit this year, not only the Lions!

      Taetjo - 2011-09-03 10:31

      No, it also shows the attacking prowess of the Pumas. The Sharks conceded 22 points against the Pumas, Griquas conceded 33. Well, I think you should stop undermining this Pumas team. They aren't as bad as you say they are.

      Zion - 2011-09-03 10:41

      Taetjo, Open your eyes and look again. The Pumas are worse than what I say. They are at the bottom of the log with Zero wins and five bonus points. How much lower can you go?. And the series is at the halfway mark. Nog n ding: I have not targeted the Pumas but given my opinion just as you have done.

      PDP - 2011-09-03 21:13

      All 5 their points are bonus points. They might not win but they came close on a few occasions. Pity they don't have the money of some bigger unions.

      KING - 2011-09-05 13:40

      Zion Must be a bulls suporter

  • umhlopo - 2011-09-03 08:17

    its great to be back on top

  • tiotudg - 2011-09-03 19:20

    Geluk aan die Goue Leeus - Tranvaal bo!

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2011-09-03 20:39

    time to be happy of the resident of City of Joburg atrer Golden Lions took their South African Currie Cup lead to 10 points.Please support Lions more years we heir about four team so this year is Joburg viva Lions Viva

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