Lions down WP at Newlands

2012-09-29 15:43

Cape Town - The Golden Lions returned to the top of the Currie Cup log with a well-earned 22-9 win over hosts Western Province at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

Province had their fair share of possession and enjoyed territorial advantage for sustained spells but they eventually fell well short against the defending champions.

The Lions were full of running after the kick-off and rarely booted for territorial gains but their attempts to cut the Province defensive lines by trying to force gaps came to nought.

Their early pressure resulted in a third-minute penalty which flyhalf Butch James slotted for an early 3-0 lead.

Once Province were able to wrest the initiative, they set up several movements into the Lions' half but never looked like cracking the visiting side's defence. Much of their good work was undone by speculative long-range passes which went astray, as well as conceding possession at breakdown play.

Midway through the first half, Province managed to take play twice up to the Lions tryline but they were denied.

Fullback Joe Pietetersen, however, added three points from a penalty to draw them level after 23 minutes.

The Lions closed the half strongly and they took a deserving 6-3 lead two minutes ahead of the break when James goaled a second penalty.

After the interval, the Lions picked up where they left off and their 43rd minute surge into the Province 22-metre area yielded a penalty, which James converted.

Province fylhalf Demetri Catrakilis reduced the deficit two minutes later with a penalty, and moments later he equalised for the hosts after James was yellow-carded for a high tackle.

The setback did not seem to deter the Lions and their 14-man effort was good enough to force a Province infringement which wing Ruan Combrink, deputising for James, goaled to regain the lead for the Gauteng outfit.

As the match approached the hour mark, Province attacked the Lions tryline relentlessly in a hectic six-minute spell without success.

Once the Lions braved this onslaught, they regained James' services and Province looked all the more less penetrative.

Lions right wing Deon Helberg turned the match on its head with an intercept try which James converted in the 65th minute for a handy 10-point lead.

And if a sloppy Province side had any ideas of pulling the game out of the fire, they were stopped in their tracks by another James penalty eight minutes from the end.

The Lions regained their three-point lead at the top of the table, while Province remained in third place, eight points behind.


  • leeann.mentorcarstens - 2012-09-29 15:50

    Well done lions. Wp groete.

  • gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-09-29 15:51

    Hahahahaha!!!!! Nou moer ou papsak weer sy vrou en kinders

  • jaded.oldfart - 2012-09-29 15:59

    fv@# off AMANDA - you're not funny, just irritating...

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-29 16:01

    AWESOME LIONS!!!! Well done my boys!! On our way to keep the cup in JHB where it belongs :)

  • mark.polley.336 - 2012-09-29 16:03

    whoooooooooooooop whooooooooooooooop

  • KeeperofChaos - 2012-09-29 16:12

    Awesome weekend! Sharks win and Bulls at the bottom... Time for a braai.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-29 16:17

    Dit is die beste wat die wp nog gespeel het.........wel nog 'n jaar sonder beker.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-29 16:27

      @andre En dit gee eindelose plesier. Dink net hoe lekker dit gaan se: "12 years cupless"

      bootman.bokke - 2012-09-29 21:32

      @ ryk hahaha nice try taking a swipe at the black players in the team. Go back and check who was the man of the match in WP's last three wins. Why don't you go have a look at how k^k De Kock Steenkamp was or how many times the Lions pushed the dumb ass forwards off the ball at ruck time. If you dont know what you're talking about then STFU.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-29 16:19

    Soos my vriend NAAS sal se, n harde game tussen twee swak spanne.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-29 16:28

      @andre Ok maar laat ons fair wees, Lions het darem die blindeskool gespeel

      lesbeen - 2012-09-29 23:28

      Die WP het teen die Lions gespeel Andre, nie teen die Kings nie...

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-29 16:45

    wp moet maar ou puke watson gaan smeek om terug te kom en hulle te lei. Die kwota afrigter moet bly..gee hom darem nog 11j.

  • margie.swanepoel - 2012-09-29 17:08

    I am so proud of you boys! You played with incredible passion and commitment. Carry on this way and the Currie Cup will stay at Ellis Park. Well deserved win!

  • franz.prade.9 - 2012-09-29 17:38

    I started reading supporters comments only recently...but....what absolute sickening personal attacks and repetitive provincialism. I just want to get back to the actual issue of the article that I am so exremely proud of my Lions team. They are winning with great rugby and they make me proud under very trying and disgracefull decisions made and circumstaces. Please don't make them the reason for your personal attacks on each other Disgracefull decisions by rugby Hierarchie proving to be quite embarassng GO LIONS GO Please compliment the 22 players and their coach As I am wrting this the Springboks are well ahead with great running rugby which includes the new boys from forgotten provinces. I am so excited.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-29 17:54

      I agree, what a disgrace these idiotic cupless Stormers are

      frans.dekker.98 - 2012-09-30 09:27

      I am not a Lions fan, but well done so far, you are playing good rugby. Just a pitty they have to make way for the ANC`s team.

  • henri.langeveldt - 2012-09-29 17:53

    Take that Province! hahahahahahahahahahahaha

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-29 17:55

      @henri Do you think we might see a team that goes 15yr cupless? I mean only 3yr to go.

  • gerhardus.windpomp - 2012-09-29 19:03

    Great stuff Lions. Thank you for a very entertaining game!

  • byron.pienaar - 2012-09-29 19:13

    BWHAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! Nice one Lions!!!! Now that's the perfect way to silence a bunch of wind full pap sakke!!! Well done and I hope the lions celebrate their arses off!!!

  • justin.roper.3705 - 2012-09-29 19:27

    Well done lions on ur win, sharks 2nd, wp 3rd nd the bulls last get ready for 1st division hahhahaha

  • george.beukes.9 - 2012-09-29 19:47

    Amanda is jy en Visser getroud...want duidelik ken julle nie rugby nie...die BURGER koerant in KAAPSTAD bestempel WP as chokers....jammer....dit is julle koerant.

  • ronnie.atwell.75 - 2012-09-29 21:42

    a WP supporter i will remain. I am shocked at the brainless provincialistic garbage spewed on this network. WP supporters included. Can something be done about the racist cape-maori and others like him pls. WP rug y is being ruined by its management

  • fredan.kirsten - 2012-09-29 22:15

    Ai hoe lekker kry ek nou.

  • byron.pienaar - 2012-09-29 22:43

    We losing games and having poor form, i agree, it is a concern for the bulls, but our heads have always been on our shoulders, not up our arses! So proud of the lions!!!

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-30 07:01

    Niks SO lekker soos wanner WP in die hek duik nie maak nie saak wie hulle klop nie, en veral nog op Nuweland voor die \Boooing Toothless Anger\

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-09-30 11:38

    Well done Lions. I'm proud of you guys.

  • moederstad.wp - 2012-09-30 14:02

    Allister Coetzee showed again he is only a token, fire the idiot !

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-01 13:51

    Isak, where are you??????????????????

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