Lions demolish Kings

2012-02-14 19:57

Johannesburg - The Lions have thrashed a Southern Kings team made up of Border and SWD players in a pre-season friendly in George on Tuesday night.

The men from Johannesburg won 88-0, after leading 40-0 at the break.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies crossed for two tries and kicked nine conversions for a personal tally of 28 points as the Super Rugby franchise demonstrated the gulf between those in the system and those who are desperately trying to get there.

In posting such an impressive performance, admittedly against opposition not at the same level, the Lions sent out a strong message that they intend to follow up their Currie Cup triumph last year.

It will obviously be a different playing field when the competition starts next week, but the Lions looked full of confidence and played with superb cohesion.

This was illustrated early in the game when three of their first four tries came from driving mauls after lineouts on the five-metre line. The Kings simply could not stop the Lions' teamwork on the drive, resulting in two tries by Derick Minnie, another by Cobus Grobbelaar, as well as a penalty try.

As the Lions forwards effectively recycled the ball, scrumhalf Michael Bondesio provided an accurate and lively service for Jantjies, who showed crisp distribution to have the Kings constantly on the defence.

The home side never gave up trying, but no team can keep plugging the gaps and the 40-0 score at half-time was a clear signal of who was in control.

Skipper Gareth Krause and No 8 Michael Vermaak were always in the thick of things and wing Vuyo Mboto had one or two chances down the right flank, but the Kings' execution often lacked the necessary accuracy due to the greater pressure they were under.

It did not help matters early in the second half when the constant bombardment by the Lions saw the Kings commit too many infringements for referee Marius Jonker's liking and two yellow cards in quick succession reduced them to 13 men at one stage.

The Lions made the most of this, running in three tries in four minutes to ensure there would be no easy way out for the home side.

In the end, the Lions crossed for 13 tries, plus the penalty try, while Jantjies landed nine of his 13 attempts at goal.

The Southern Kings now face their final match of the pre-season friendlies when they come up against the Sharks at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening.


Lions: 88 (40)

Tries: Derick Minnie (2), Deon van Rensburg (2), Cobus Grobbelaar, Elton Jantjies (2), Callie Visagie (2), Patric Cilliers, Hendrik Roodt, James Kamana (2), penalty try.

Conversions: Jantjies (9).

Kings: 0


Kings: Not known

Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 James Kamana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Ruan Botha, 3 Hendrik Roodt, 2 Patric Cilliers, Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Stephan Greeff, 19 Doppies le Roux, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Butch James, 22 Lionel Mapoe.


  • Ruan Pretorius - 2012-02-14 20:12


      steyts - 2012-02-14 22:45

      En die arme etters wil volgende jaar super rugby speel.. Waar hulle teenm die volle bulls en stormers spanne ook teen moet speel soos wat hulle nou teen die leeus moes doen. Wat 'n grap!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-02-14 20:18

    Wow..... Amazed!!! Pity that we'll never be able to see the game. SuperSport really needs to start broadcasting these games!!!

      Taetjo - 2012-02-14 20:49

      Yes, it has been a while since we saw a nice rugby game.

      Vincent - 2012-02-14 22:09

      @BlueRaven - Jy is reg, dit is kinder moord! Nou wil hulle dieselfde kinders in die diepkant gooi, in Super Rugby in. As die Leeus dit kan doen, net om n punt te bewys, wat gaan spanne soos Crusaders, Reds ens. doen?? SARU are leading lambs to the slaughter!!

  • Taetjo - 2012-02-14 20:55

    Shame, poor Kings...

  • Carelle Van der Merwe - 2012-02-14 21:03

    And this team is assured a place in next year's super 15? What a joke!

      Ian - 2012-02-14 21:17

      calm downCarelle, if you read the article properly, its a Kings team made up of players from SWD and the article before making the article...and again...READ THE ARTICLE

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-14 21:31

      I can spot an emosional meltdown a mile away.

      Garry - 2012-02-14 21:55

      @Ian Imagine if EP players were involved......100-0

      Johan - 2012-02-15 08:18

      @Ian. Die Boland het die Kings gewen. Nou is daar meer bolanders in die span om die span te versterk. Ek stem saam met Garry die score sou nog groter gewees het as dit net EP spelers was

  • brian.heunis - 2012-02-14 21:36

    Like everything in life one must earn it. By not somehow qualifying for Super Rugby The Kings are going to be hammered for years to come. SA Rugby will have to invest heavily in that region to make them a success.

      Sean - 2012-02-14 22:33

      Maybe the money will be available , but more than half will be stolen anyway !

  • Allen - 2012-02-14 22:28

    I think that the Lions should have given the Kings a sporting chance by declaring when they reached 80. They could have gone to the showers and let the Kings try to catch up. What a joke!! Keep the Watsons and politics out of rugby and Kings must earn the right to play with the big guns. They are not fooling anyone except themselves!

      Koos - 2012-02-15 07:06

      I thought the whole KINGS idea,most probably promoted by the Watsons,was to establish a BEE team. Now how many local players (not mentioning pigments) have been drawn into this circus?And then again we Will see another disaster.

  • Jan - 2012-02-14 22:45

    Any doubt that the Kings doesn't belong at Super Rugby or Currie Cup level?

  • Hennie - 2012-02-14 22:50

    Het darem lanklaas so klomp snert van Mense gelees wat maak of hulle alles van rugby weet.

      Bambie - 2012-02-14 23:07

      Hennie ek neem aan jy weet natuurlik alles aangesien jy rugby afrig??

  • Hennie - 2012-02-14 23:35

    Bambie nee ek is een van die eerste mense wat altyd se moet nooit dink jy veet alles nie ,en dit tel nie net vir rugby nie. Mens kan elkedag iets by iemand leer. Maar hel jy kan ook sien waneer iemand bollie praat.Al die spanne is beesig met voorberyding,so kom ons gee almal hulle kans.Of dit nou die B of A span is.Almal gaan aan oor die Kings As O P rugby kan opstaan sal ek wat nie eers die Kings ondersteun nie bly wees vir hulle.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-15 04:07

    Currie Cup Champions vs a makeshift combination of 2 teams that could not even make the Currie Cup 1st Division semis... knowledgeable folk we have posting here!

      Remo - 2012-02-15 05:33

      Its funny how you are quick to mention and acknowledge the Currie cup champion part now, and previously it was a watered down because the boks were not there Currie cup. I guess it was the Kings b team but it shows us the true nature and quality we can expect from the SK in 2013.

  • Benmica - 2012-02-15 07:14

    Good luck to the Lions. If they keep this up against the real teams it will be a big advantage for South African rugby as a whole....

  • ndabutcha - 2012-02-15 07:31

    Bulls will soon be called the Stormers B team with all the player poaching

  • springbokke - 2012-02-15 07:41

    Who was it that wanted to make p the 16th. team Re. super rugby......lets be realistic.

  • Charl - 2012-02-15 07:46

    al die bekers wat sa al in die supper rugby gewen het is minder as wat die Crusaders aleen al gewen STFU. almal weet hulle gaan dit die jaar weer wen en dat die bulle seka heel onder gaaan eindig saam met di lions en cheetas.

  • Solly - 2012-02-15 08:04

    Nog n manier om sa rugby af te breek is om die (O o help n bietjie daar) span in die super 15 te sit shame wat gaan die ander groot spanne met hulle doen

  • Johan - 2012-02-15 08:23

    In English we say 88-0 in Xhosa we say 88-0 in plein Afrikaans sê ons die LEEUS het die Kings n MOERSE pakslae gegee

      Johan - 2012-02-15 11:13

      Ag sorry Jaco, om te sê 88-0 klink so droog

  • Marius - 2012-02-15 08:46

    What everyone here commenting against SARU's decision about the Kings participation next year seem to forget, or probacbly doesn't even know, is that the whole Kings saga and Super Rugby has been around since 2005 when a decision was made by all 14 unions that and EC franchise should be include in Super Rugby. This was ratified in a Cape High Court case when SARU did not deliver on it's decision. The court ruling gave SARU a few years to accommodate the EC franchise. That period has now expired, so SARU is now sitting with an even bigger problem than just finding a way to accomodate the Kings. That is facing a contempt of court lawsuit and also having to pay the Kings a huge amount for loss of earnings since 2007. Just taking all the unions in Super Rugby's annual 40 million plus share of the TV rights money, you are already looking at a payout in excess of 200 million to the Kings. So there is a lot more to this than what meets the eye.

      Colin - 2012-02-15 20:37

      Interesting point. The situation gets all the more bizarre for SARU. If they have the legal difficulty on the one hand, and a threat of a boycot on the other they will regret that they ever took the stance in the first place.

  • Gary - 2012-02-15 08:48

    Beat by properly one of the worst team in the Super Rugby Tournament and they want to play next year. Hhahahahahahaha. By the way I am a Lions supporter just not a Cheeky Watson fan at ALL..

      Brandewijn - 2012-02-15 10:13

      PS - it was a combined team between SWD and Border (no EP players). The proper Kings team played a full strength Stormers team over the weekend and kept the Stormers within strinking distance for 60min before a yellow card opened the gates. Final score was still respectable and the Kings are improving each week. And with the sponsorship money coming as we now have Super status the squad will be completely different come next year. I do not think we will be such a walk over come next year... wooden spoonists... probably, but I do not think we will be an embarrasment as everyone is making it out to be. The rebels managed to get a reasonably competitive squad together in 1 year from scratch. The Kings can do the same and they already have decent structures in place and a few quality players. Will have more depth than the Rebels as they already have a semi-decent team, a recently established academy, a good under 16 & 19 team (which won their age group). So keeping the players here will only build more depth and player choice come 2-3 years time. Also with NMMU in the varcity cup improving each year (still not a great team - but getting better) working together with the Kings there is a lot more structure than there was 5 - 6 years back. Now that we have Super status we will be a good competitive team in 2-3 years time. We are under no illusions and do not expect to be a all conqueinrg team in the next few years as we will be in a building fase (like the Lions)

      Johan - 2012-02-15 11:23

      Brandewijn, the problem is to the other teams this is practise, as in they dont take it seriously, they want to try a thing or two. The Kings ( Swandile stick my friend plays for EP and there were others as well) on the other hand take it seriously and they have won nothing!! which rules your whole argument null and void !!

      Brandewijn - 2012-02-15 11:46

      Johan - noted. Kings have everything to play for and for the rest it only practice.. I agree, but how does it make my comment nul and void(as my comments mainly based on the future and not the weekends game)? Stick (currently 3rd choice fullback at the Kings) and maybe 2 others (not starting players for the Kings) from the Kings played last night. (so can not realy compare the teams and just proves that the Kings are also experimenting like the other teams). My comments however where mainly aimed at the future and not the present (making it speculation - I know). Our current team will not be good enough and no where close. Maybe 2 or 3 good enough for Super rugby, the rest will be back-up players to create depth in positions. My point was only that the Kings will not be a complete embarresment come next year and they will be a lot better than they are now. (a lot of signings). And should be able to compete with the other bottom of the log teams like the Rebels and Force and that they can only realy be competitive in about 2 - 3 years time.

      Johan - 2012-02-15 16:28

      Brandewijn you guiys should really stop assuming, on everything. You aint good enough bro

      Hennie - 2012-02-16 08:12

      One of the worst teams??? Hey boet it's the only other SA team that has won a super throphy,apart from the bulls

  • Lwazi Bikitsha - 2012-02-15 08:53

    On the same day that the Lions took on "the Kings" Western Province vodacom cup side were held to a stalemate by SWD Eagles . I'm in inclined to believe that the result of 88-0 is justified as this team was the Border Bulldogs(wooden spooners of currie cup 1st division) dressed in borrowed rugby jerseys.

      Champ - 2012-02-15 10:05

      No Lwazi, it was not the Border Bulldogs, it was the Kings.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-02-15 10:57

    Cheeky Watson is this also a near win like all the other games, and then they (kings) want to play Super Rugby I think not.

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