Cape Town - Western Province exposed the Golden Lions' lack of depth with a comprehensive Currie Cup victory at Newlands on Friday night.
WP won 39-3 after leading 22-3 at half-time.
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WP scored six tries through centre Huw Jones (2), flank Cobus Wiese, wing Seabelo Senatla (2) and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak. Flyhalf Damien Willemse added two conversions and a penalty while fullback SP Marais was also on target with a conversion.
Despite missing a number of players on Springbok duty and dominating possession for large parts of the 80 minutes, the Golden Lions returned home to Johannesburg with a solitary penalty by flyhalf Jaco van der Walt.
WP picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to third in the standings, while the Golden Lions left empty-handed and remain sixth in the seven-team Currie Cup log.
15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Eddie Zandberg, 20 Stephan de Wit, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Dan Kriel
15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Antony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Marco Janse van Vuuren, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Robert Kruger, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacques van Rooyen (captain), 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie
Substitutes: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Johannes Jonker, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Jack Hart, 21 Siya Masuku, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi