Lions beat Boland unconvincingly

The Golden Lions scored an unconvincing 19-13 victory over the Boland Kavaliers in a hard-fought Currie Cup rugby match in Wellington on Friday after leading 7-6 at halftime.


The Kavaliers once again showed they are not an easy pushover on their home ground and they deserved to take a bonus point out of the match.


The Lions, on the other hand, will have to step up a gear if they intend to be a factor for the remainder of the season.


Boland opened the scoring in the third minute when fullback Justin Peach succeeded with a straight forward penalty (3-0).

 

In the 12th minute, Peach increased the lead to 6-0 after a well-struck penalty from the touchline.

Two minutes later Earl Rose had the opportunity to put the Lions on the board, but he missed a straight foward kick.


Lions left wing Henno Mentz scored the first try of the match in the 23rd minute after the Kavaliers fumbled a golden opportunity to get out of their own half. Rose converted (6-7).


During the next six minutes, Boland attacked strongly but poor handling let them down time and again.

 

Boland suffered a setback in the 33rd minute when inside centre Dewey Swartbooi, who was rock solid on defence, limped off the field.

 

He was replaced by Lionel Cornelius. Two minutes before halftime, Peach failed to give Boland the lead after a penalty kick just missed the uprights.

 

Rose increased the Lions’ lead to 10-6 with a penalty in the second minute after halftime.

 

Currie Cup debutant Ruhan Boshoff was yellow carded in the fifth minute after tackling Boland’s Marnus Hugo in the air.

 

In the 50th minute, Boland were award a penalty try after a dangerous tackle on left wing Ernie Kruger on the tryline.

Peach converted (13-10). Rose levelled the scores in the 63rd minute with a penalty right in front of the posts.


The Lions were awarded another penalty in front of the posts in the 68th minute and Rose made no mistake (13-16).

 

Rose made the final score 19-13 with a penalty in front of the posts five minutes from fulltime.

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