Johannesburg - The Golden Lions produced an exciting brand of rugby, running
in eight tries to four, as they mauled Western Province 58-32
(half-time 37-13) in their Currie Cup Premier Division clash at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Friday evening.
The Lions were so dominant with their running rugby that they had sealed
their four-try bonus point in the first half before adding a fifth try
on the stroke of half-time.
Western Province struggled with their lineouts as Michael Willemse,
recalled from the EP Kings, and replacement hooker Neil Rautenbach
struggled to find their jumpers.
The home side had the upper hand in the scrums too where props Dylan
Smith and Ruan Dreyer and hooker Robbie Coetzee won the front-row battle
against JC Janse van Rensburg, Wilco Louw and Willemse.
The scoreboard started ticking over as early as 35 seconds into the game
when centre Jacques Nel ran all the way from inside his own 22m area,
with the ball being offloaded in the tackles with fantastic handling
before receiving the ball back to score the opening try.
Flyhalf Robert du Preez slotted two penalties to give Province the lead
by a single point after gaining some territorial advantage but the next
10 minutes proved pivotal.
The hosts scored two tries through Coetzee and fullback Andries Coetzee
while flyhalf Jaco van der Walt landed two penalties and a conversion to
give the Lions a comfortable 23-6 lead halfway through the first
A bit of magic from Province left wing Leolin Zas resulted in Province's
first try as the speedster received the ball out wide, chipped
and chased, collected and scored a converted try.
But the celebration was short lived as the Lions ran in two more tries before referee Jaco Peyper blew the halftime whistle.
Tall and lanky lock JP du Preez barged over close to the line before
centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, on debut, waltzed over the line after
Coetzee broke away from inside his own 22m area.
The second half started much the same way as the first ended as the
Lions brought up the half-century mark with another two scores through
left wing Anthony Volmink after Province knocked the ball on inside
their own 22m area and then flanker Kwagga Smith sprinted away from the
Province defenders, side-stepped centre Johnny Kotze to score his first
try of the night.
Province fought back with two tries of their own with the game already
out of sight courtesy of replacements Jacques Vermeulen, who replaced a
concussed Rynhardt Elstadt, and Dewaldt Duvenage, who returned
Vermeulen managed to find a gap in the tenacious Lions defence to score
his first try and the Duvenage dived over the line after picking up from
the base of the ruck.
The home side were not finished and Smith landed his second five-pointer
after Province again erred inside their own 22m from the kick-off,
giving the Lions a penalty.
Van der Walt kicked to the corner and Smith scored from the lineout.
Province though fought to the end to secure their four-try bonus point as Vermeulen scored on the sound of the hooter.
The Lions now occupy fourth spot on the log with 17 points from five
games, three behind Griquas while Province languish in sixth spot, four
points behind the Lions after the same amount of matches.
Tries: Kwagga Smith (2), Jacques Nel,
Robbie Coetzee, Andries Coetzee, JP du Preez, Rohan Janse van Rensburg,
Conversions: Jaco van der Walt (6)
Penalties: Van der
Tries: Jacques Vermeulen (2), Leolin Zas, Dewaldt Duvenage
Conversions: Robert du Preez (3)
Penalties: Du Preez (2)
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Selom Gavor, 13
Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Antony Volmink, 10 Jaco
van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6
Kwagga Smith, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 JP du Preez, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie
Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van
Rooyen, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Cyle Brink, 20 Ruaan Lerm / Stef de Wit,
21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Howard Mnisi
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok,
13 EW Viljoen, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9
Jano Vermaak, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5
Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 JC
Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak,
18 JP Smith, 19 Jacques Vermeulen, 20 Eital Bredenkamp, 21 Dewaldt
Duvenage, 22 Scott van Breda