Golden Lions beat EP Kings in Currie Cup

The Golden Lions remained unbeaten after five matches in Currie Cup by beating
the EP Kings 37-21 at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The victory moves the Golden Lions to the top of the Currie Cup standings on 25 points which is one point ahead of the Blue Bulls on 24 points.

While outstanding in the first-half, the Lions struggled to show the same accuracy
in the second 40 as the Kings tried valiantly to catch-up to their opponents
who often enjoyed the rub of the green, given the match official ‘s interpretation
of the laws.

The Kings would have wondered just how long the night was going to be after
referee Stuart Berry controversially awarded a penalty-try in the fifth minute
of the match after the men from Port Elizabeth had collapsed an attacking rolling

Flank Kwagga Smith scored his team ‘s second try of the evening in the
11th minute before Stokkies Hanekom dotted down the third less than five minutes
later when he charged down a kick before racing through.

At 19-0 the visitors finally gained some momentum and started asking questions
of the Lions who looked flustered in defence.

Poor work at line-out time by their hosts further encouraged the Kings and
on their first visit to the Lions ‘ 22m area Siyanda Grey finished in the
corner to get his team on the board in the 15th minute.

The Kings always knew the Lions would be solid up front and that is exactly
where they looked to target the men from Johannesburg. Their rolling mauls proved
to be almost unstoppable for Johan Ackermann ‘s charges.

After a period of sustained pressure, the Kings scored their second try from
a rolling maul with Paul Schoeman emerging as the try-scorer.

Flyhalf Karlo Aspeling made no mistake with the conversion from out wide and
with 25-minutes played the Lions ‘ 19-point lead was reduced to just five.

Against the run of play flank Steph de Wit scored once more for the home side
before the break (in the 30th minute) before Van der Walt slotted a penalty
just before halftime to ensure his men enjoyed a healthy 10-point lead.

The Kings drew first blood in the second-half when Schoeman again emerged with
the ball in hand from a rolling maul in the 55th-minute (27-21).

It took a great defensive effort from the Lions in the 60th minute to keep
the visitors out after they had another attacking line-out five metres from
their try-line.

Schoeman was very close to scoring a hat-trick, but the Lions pack stood firm
and managed to stop the drive, before clearing their lines.

Aspeling did exceptionally well to ensure his team played in the right areas,
but eventually the Lions copied the Kings by keeping the ball with their forwards
and utilizing the driving maul.

Replacement flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff would eventually take a great deal of pressure
off his team when he knocked-over a penalty in the 70th minute to restore the
10-point lead his men had enjoyed for most of the match.

Wing Ruan Combrinck scored his team ‘s only five-pointer of the second
half just seconds before the final whistle. Boshoff slotted the conversion.

The Kings will be concerned about the availability of fullback Hansie Graaf
who received a red card for foul play.

Final Score Golden Lions 37 (27) EP Kings 21 (14)


Golden Lions
Tries – Penalty try, Smith, Hanekom, De Wit, Combrinck
Pen – Van der Walt, Boshoff
Con – Van der Walt 2, Boshoff
Drop –

EP Kings
Tries – Schoeman 2, Grey
Pen –
Con – Aspeling 3
Yellow Card – Bredenkamp, Graaff

Match Officials
Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Ricus van

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