Golden Lions romp to victory
April 12, 2014

The Golden Lions scored 16 tries as they romped to a 110-0 (halftime 68-0) victory over the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup North Section match at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.

The Golden Lions had 10 different try-scorers with flanks Stephan de Witt and Cyle Brink, prop Nico du Plessis, centre Ruhan Nel and fullback Chrysander Botha all dotting down twice.

Flyhalf Willie du Plessis ended with 30 points as he kicked 15 conversions.

The Golden Lions, the defending champions, were languishing in fifth place on the log while Limpopo had failed to win a single match but the win for the Lions, with one match left to play before the playoffs saw the Gauteng-based team move in to fourth place, one point ahead of the fifth-placed Leopards XV.

It did not take long for the Lions to assert their dominance and De Witt opened the scoring as early as the second minute with his converted try.

The Lions eased to a 68-0 lead at halftime with Limpopo seemingly having no answer to the visitors' power and craft.

Left wing Selom Gavor, Brink, centre Stokkies Hanekom, Nico du Plessis (twice), No 8 Ruaan Lerm, Nel, lock Lourens Erasmus and hooker Sipha Qinisile all scored first-half tries as Limpopo were blown away.

The second half saw much of the same with Nel grabbing his second try seven minutes after the resumption as the floodgates opened once again.

De Witt, Brink, Botha (twice) and replacement Caswell Khoza all scored tries to complete a most one-sided victory.


GOLDEN LIONS – Tries: Stephan de Witt (2), Selom Gavor, Cyle Brink (2), Stokkies Hanekom, Nico du Plessis (2), Ruaan Lerm, Ruhan Nel (2), Lourens Erasmus, Sipha Qinisile, Chrysander Botha (2), Caswell Khoza; Conversions: Willie du Plessis (15).

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