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 Samoa came unstuck in the set-pieces and defensively as they crashed to a humiliating 74-14 defeat at the hands of the Golden Lions in their match at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions scored 10 tries and most of them came from a long way out, especially in the second half when they capitalised on a 27-14 lead at the break.

The Samoans were penalised heavily at the scrums and battled at the lineout and this, together with their lacklustre defence, especially out wide, allowed the Lions to run rampant.

Although the visitors have been disrupted by several injuries, they are going to have to pull themselves together quickly if they are to be competitive in the quadrangular series with Scotland, Italy and South Africa that starts next weekend.

The Lions were on the scoreboard first through a penalty by flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff in the third minute, but it was Samoa who grabbed the first try as they attacked well on the blindside and wing Alesana Tuilagi powered over the line.

However, Lions flank Derick Minnie, who had been brought on as a 15th-minute replacement for Jaco Kriel, then scored a hat-trick of tries to put them on the front foot.

The home side were lethal on the drive in the first half, putting the Samoans under enormous pressure in the tight exchanges.

Although eighthman Ofisa Treviranus scored for the tourists on the stroke of half-time, the Lions produced a sizzling second-half display to complete the rout.

The Samoans were burned on the outside by the Lions’ pace and wing Anthony Volmink scored first after the break with the try of the day, running 95 metres to score after a turnover on attack by the visitors.

The Lions then successfully shut their opponents out of the game as fullback Chrysander Botha, replacement flyhalf Lionel Cronje, outside centre Stokkies Hanekom (twice) and substitute scrumhalf Ross Cronje all scored tries after long-range breakouts.

Judging by their display, these are darks days indeed for Samoan rugby.

Final Score Golden Lions 74 (27) Samoa 14 (14)

Scorers

Golden Lions
Tries: Derick Minnie (3), Anthony Volmink, Chrysander Botha, Lionel Cronje, Stokkies Hanekom (2), Ross Cronje, Deon van Rensburg
Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (3), Lionel Cronje (6)
Penalties: Boshoff (2).

Samoa
Tries: Alesana Tuilagi, Ofisa Treviranus
Conversions: Ki Anufe (2).

Teams

Golden Lions

Chrysander Botha, Deon van Rensburg, Stokkies Hanekom, Alwyn Hollenbach, Anthony Volmink, Marnitz Boshoff, Michael Bondesio, Warren Whiteley (captain), Warwick Tecklenburg, Jaco Kriel, Hugo Kloppers, Gavin Annandale, Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: Francois du Toit, Jacques van Rooyen, Willie Britz, Derick Minnie, Ross Cronje, Lionel Cronje, Dylan des Fountain, Ruan Combrink/CJ van der Linde.

Samoa

15 Paul Williams (c), 14 Sinoti Sinoti, 13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Isaia Tuifua, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Ki Anufe, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Fa’alemiga Selesele, 6 Alafoti Faosiliva, 5 Charles Baggot, 4 Fa’atiga Lemalu, 3 James Johnston, 2 Manu Leiataua, 1 Sam Aiono.

Replacements: 16 Wayne Ole Avei, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Hannes Ludick, 20 Jason Fraser, 21 Alatasi Tupou, 22 Robert Lilomaiava, 23 Brandon Va’aulu.

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