The Golden Lions have won another four try bonus-point game when they put the Steval Pumas away on Friday night in Nelspruit.
With all the focus the last week on the emphatic Blue Bulls win over Western province many people have forgotten how good the victories for the Lions have been so far after four rounds of ABSA Currie Cup rugby. Four games with a full house of points to show for it is not something you get from a team that just win but one that is really a contender for the play-offs and the cup.
The dominance stated for the Lions at the scrums and it filter through to the rest of the team as they claimed a convincing 41-11 win of the Pumas who is not an easy team in Nelspruit (Ask the Sharks *rofl* )
The Lions led by 16-3 at the break and really turn the gas on in the second half and punish the Pumas for some really indiscipline play.
Springbok Sevens star, Kwagga Smith had a brilliant game and scored two tries in a pack of forwards who were brilliant on the night. The forwards was massive at breakdowns and in interplay with there hard running backs as the Lions put a much better performance together than a week ago.
The Pumas were still in the contest around the 50-minute mark, when livewire scrum-half Faf de Klerk scored the hosts’ only try against his Super Rugby team-mates to cut the deficit at 22-11.
But the rampant Lions pressed home their advantage in the final quarter, as they camped in the Pumas 22, scoring two late tries to ensure they went home with a full-house of points.
It started badly for the Pumas as Stefan Watermeyer was sent to the sin-bin for an intentional knock-down that prevented a certain try.
A penalty try was the only option for referee Lesego Legoete, who would continue to penalise the hosts at the breakdown, allowing Boshoff to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Boshoff’s fourth penalty had the Lions 22-6 up before De Klerk’s score gave the Pumas a hint of hope, but Smith scored off a driving maul that started 25 metres out before Jacques van Rooyen crashed over followed a long period of pressure to settle any doubt over the final result.
With the Pumas down to 13 men, Smith went over after another series of powerful scrums to seal the bonus point.
The Golden Lions have put there mark down with the Blue Bulls that they will be the team to beat this year if you want to lift the Currie Cup at the end.
Try: De Klerk
Pens: Roos 2
Yellow cards: Watermeyer, Shoeman, Cassiem Mona
For Golden Lions:
Tries: Penalty try, Smith 2, Van Rooyen
Cons: Boshoff 3
Pens: Boshoff 4