Golden Lions down EP Kings in Currie Cup

The Golden Lions got back to winning ways when they beat the Eastern Province Kings 22-41 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Lions got an almost perfect start with two early tries that saw them leading 0-14 in the first quarter of the match.

The Golden Lions got their Currie Cup rugby title bid back on track with a
bonus-point win over a courageous Eastern Province Kings outfit.

With Ruan Combrinck in outstanding form with the boot, slotting all seven of
his kicks at goal with five conversions and two penalties, the Lions will be
satisfied to come away from Port Elizabeth with five points.

In addition, the Lions crossed for five tries, putting the seal on the match
when flank Derick Minnie scored their final try in the last minute.

However, the Kings will take some positives from a match which was in complete
contrast to the 60-19 thumping they received in the Johannesburg encounter.

In fact, they forced the Lions to reconsider their tactics in the second half
when the visitors decided to kick their goals instead of kicking for touch to
force a maul from five-metre lineouts.

In the first half, the Lions ignored several possible attempts at goal, but
changed their thinking in the second half when they found themselves trailing
22-21 with 20 minutes remaining.

Combrinck slotted two penalties after high tackles to put them back in front
at 27-22 and they finished strongly with lock Franco Mostert powering for a
try in the 70th minute to virtually seal the match.

After conceding two early tries to Jaco Kriel and Ruan Dreyer to trail 14-0,
the Kings received an injection of confidence when they powered their way over
the Lions’ tryline to be awarded a penalty try.

They followed this with excellent tries by Shane Gates and Siviwe Soyizwapi
to underline their skills, but the Lions stayed ahead 21-19 at half-time when
Schalk van der Merwe burst over after receiving an inside pass at short range.

The Lions showed excellent ball retention on attack and their powerful charges
often had the Kings on the back foot, and this paved the way for their five
tries and the ultimate winning effort.

The Kings took the lead when flyhalf George Whitehead slotted a drop goal in
the 45th minute, and it proved to be an entertaining contest as the sides struggled
for supremacy.

Eventually the Lions’ greater experience and urgency came to the fore as they
took control in the final 20 minutes for a hard-earned and well-deserved victory.

Final Score Kings 22 (19) Lions 41 (21)

Scorers

Kings
Tries Shane Gates, Siviwe Soyizwapi, penalty try
Con: Scott van Breda 2
Drop : George Whitehead.

Lions
Tries : Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer, Schalk van der Merwe, Franco Mostert, Derick
Minnie
Con: Ruan Combrinck 5
Pen : Combrinck 2.

Teams

EP Kings

15. Scott van Breda, 14. Ronnie Cooke / Siyanda Grey, 13. Tim Whitehead / Ronnie Cooke, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10. George Whitehead, 9. Kevin Luiters, 8. Aidon Davis, 7. Paul Schoeman, 6. Thembelani Bholi, 5. Steven Sykes, 4. David Bulbring, 3. Tom Botha, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. BG Uys,

Substitutes: 16. Mike van Vuuren, 17. Charles Marais, 18. Shaun McDonald, 19. Stefan Willemse, 20. Tobie Botes, 21. Siyanda Grey / Dwayne Jenner, 22. Ntabeni Dukisa

Golden Lions

15. Ruan Combrinck,14. Lionel Mapoe (c),13. Stokkies Hanekom,12. Alwyn Hollenbach,11. Courtnall Skosan,10. Andries Coetzee,9. Ross Cronje,8. Willie Britz,7. Warwick Tecklenburg,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco Mostert,4. MB Lusaseni,3

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