NEWS ARTICLES
Late surge gives Lions emphatic win
Fanie Heyns
MWP
March 09, 2013

The MTN Golden Lions cruised to a convincing 45-15 win in their Vodacom Cup match against the Leopards XV at the Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a devastating three-try surge in the final quarter.

The Lions led 12-8 at halftime.

The Leopards opted not to use some of their first-choice players who are representing the Pukke in the Varsity Cup, and their inexperience was brutally exposed by an experienced Lions team, especially in the final quarter in which tries by Warren Whiteley, Antonie Volmink and Andries Coetzee enabled the hosts to score 21 points.

Armand van der Merwe spared the Leopards XV some blushes with an 82nd-minute try which was converted by the substitute flyhalf, former Springbok André Pretorius.

The Lions dominated territory and possession throughout, but were denied by early-season rust and handling errors close to the tryline.

Their over-exuberance and lack of execution benefited the Leopards, and they allowed the Lions only two first-half tries.

Whiteley and Jaco Kriel, who deservedly received the man-of-the-match award, were prominent among the forwards as they linked expertly with the backline and contributed to the Lions’ dominance at the breakdowns.

Whiteley, a member of the Blitzbokke squad at the end of 2012, used his pace well in support play.

The Lions' three-quarters showed their mettle throughout the encounter as Dylan des Fountain and JP du Plessis were enterprising and gave the wings, Anthony Volmink and Deon van Rensburg, try-scoring opportunities.

To their credit, the Leopards defended dourly throughout the bruising encounter. They only allowed the hosts a 21-8 cushion until the final 12 minutes in which the three-try-spree gave the Lions some scoreboard daylight.

SCORERS

MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Deon van Rensburg, JJ Breet, Lionel Cronje, Robbie Coetzee, Warren Whiteley, Antonie Volminck, Andries Coetzee, Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2), Marnitz Boshoff (3)

Leopards XV – Tries: Danie Dames, Armand van der Merwe: Penalty Warren Gilbert; Conversion: Andre Pretorius.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 19 2014
15:00 - Golden Lions U19 vs Sharks U19
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
15:00 - Border U19 vs Griquas U19
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Under 21 Competition
16:40 - Golden Lions U21 vs Sharks U21
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Currie Cup First Division
17:00 - Border Bulldogs vs Leopards
BCM Stadium, East London
Inter Provincial Women A 1
19:00 - Border vs Western Province
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - Xerox Golden Lions vs Steval Pumas
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park

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