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Golden Lions thump EP Kings in Currie Cup

Warren Whiteley of the Lions breaks away aganst EP Kings

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Article Published: Saturday 16 August 2014|

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The Golden Lions delivered another commanding performance when they thumped the Eastern Province Kings 60-19 at Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday.

It is the second consecutive week that the Johannesburg-based side put more than 40 points past their opposition.

The hosts ran in nine tries to three, to occupy the top spot on the Currie Cup log in this early stage of the competition.

From the outset it was clear that spectators were in for a treat as the two sides crossed the whitewash within minutes of each other after the kickoff.

The visitors opened the scoring two minutes into the match with Ronnie Cook scoring for the Kings with Gary van Aswegen converting.

The Lions responded immediately with centre Stokkies Hanekom scoring his side's first five-pointer in the fourth minute, while young pivot Jaco van der Walt added the two points.

The Eastern Cape side did well to keep the Lions from the line as the scores remained level on 7-7 for until the 22nd minute when hooker Robbie Coetzee scored from a maul.

Shortly before the try, the Kings copped a yellow card with Thembelani Bholi receiving his marching orders.

With 11 minutes to go before the half-time break Ruan Combrick scored his team's third try, with Van der Walt failing with the conversion.

Seven minutes later Van der Walt extended the lead to 13 points with a penalty conversion before Jaco Kriel crossed the line for the bonus-point try a minute from the break with a 25-7 advantage.

The Lions proved to be in a rampant mood as they scored five tries in the second half with Kriel going over shortly after the break for the side's fifth of game.

His fellow flanker Derick Minnie also got onto the scoresheet in the 52nd minute to see their lead swell to 39-7.

On the 60 minute mark the Kings were given a brief reprieve when Aidon Davis scored for his side before Andries Coetzee continued the Lions' raid.

Scott Van Breda scored the visitors' final try of the match with nine minutes to go and it was Kwagga Smith that had the final say to score at the death for a comprehensive victory.

Final Score Golden Lions 60 (25) EP Kings 19 (7)

Scorers

Golden Lions
Tries: Jaco Kriel (3), Albertus Smith, Andries Coetzee, Derick Minnie, Ruan Combrinck, Stokkies Hanekom, Willie Britz
Conversions: Van der Walt (6)
Penalty: Van der Walt.

EP Kings
Tries: Aidon Davis, Ronnie Cooke, Scott van Breda
Conversions: Gary Van Aswegen, Van Breda.

Teams

Lions

Andries Coetzee, Lionel Mapoe, Stokkies Hanekom, Harold Vorster, Ruan Combrinck, Jaco van der Walt, Ross Cronje, Warren Whiteley (captain), Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, MB Lusaseni, Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements: Armand van der Merwe, Jacques van Rooyen, Willie Britz, Warwick Tecklenburg, Guy Cronje, Kwagga Smith, Howard Mnisi.

EP Kings

Lizo Gqoboka, Edgar Marutlulle, Tom Botha, Steven Cummins, David Bulbring, Thembelani Bholi, Stefan Willemse, Luke Watson (captain), Tobie Botes, Gary van Aswegen, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Shane Gates, Tim Whitehead, Ronnie Cooke, Scott van Breda.

Replacements: Albe de Swardt, CJ vd Linde, Steven Sykes, Aidon Davis, Kevin Luiters, George Whitehead, Ntabeni Dukisa

 
 
 
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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1. W.Province 6 5 1 0 208 114 94 4 24
2. Lions 6 4 2 0 217 150 67 4 20
3
Pumas
6 4 2 0 168 140 28 3 19
4. 6 3 2 1 154 140 14 2 16
5. 6 2 3 1 154 160 -6 4 14
6. 6 3 3 0 142 169 -27 1 14
7. 6 2 4 0 143 179 -36 3 11
8. EP Kings 6 0 6 0 109 243 -134 1 1

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)