The Golden Lions claimed their second win in a row when the got a bonus point win over Griquas in Kimberley on Friday night.
With the worst start for the Lions in a few years almost every match has become a playoff match for them if they want to make the play-offs next month.
An away win against Griquas in Kimberley is as good as gold these day and the bonus point just added that little extra for the Lions on Friday.
Cyle Brink opened the scoring for the Golden Lions with Jaco van der Walt converted as the away side took a 13th minute 7-0 lead. Not long after that Harold Vorster was yellow-carded and Kwagga Smith burst over for the visitors from the back of a rolling maul despite their numerical disadvantage.
Lions lead was 14-0 after 23 minutes which made it difficult for the Griqaus from the start of the match.
The Lions got another try with five minutes to go in the first half to make the lead at the break 24-0.
The teams struggled to get past the others defence with the first try score 18 minutes after the break. Just after Smith sacrificed himself in preventing a try and was sin-binned, Kyle Steyn broke finally broke through the Golden Lions defence as George Whitehead converted.
From the re-start, the home side had their second in as many minutes courtesy of dazzling skills from their backline.
Eric Zana was the main instigator as his break got the Griquas upfield before finding Ederies Arendse who in turn passed to captain Adriaan Coertzen who slithered his way past a couple of defenders and executed a brilliant finish. Whitehead added the extras to make the score 24-14.
Soon after, Van der Walt stretched the Golden Lions’ lead to 27-14 but Whitehead responded with a penalty of his own to cut the deficit back to 10.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg put the icing on the cake and secured the bonus-point as he collected an expertly weighted kick upfield to race through and dot down. Van der Walt added the extras as the final whistle was blown with the Golden Lions running out 34-17 winners.
Tries: Coertzen, Steyn
Cons: Whitehead 2
For Golden Lions:
Tries: Brink, Smith, Van Vuren, Janse van Rensburg
Cons: Van der Walt 4
Pens: Van der Walt 2
Yellow Cards: Vorster, Smith