The Lions cemented their position at the top of the Currie Cup standings for another week on Friday with a 43-23 win over the Leopards.
The Lions cemented their position at the top of the Currie Cup standings for another week on Friday with a 43-23 win over the Leopards at OlÃ«n Park Stadium in Potchefstroom.
It took the visitors just 47 minutes to secure the four-try bonus point in their ninth win in ten games this season.
The Leopards paid for poor finishing in the first half as the Lions took a 21-9 lead at half-time.
The hosts took the early lead, with fly-half Wesley Dunlop slotting a penalty in the seventh minute, but this was short-lived as the visitors struck back immediately.
Two minutes later, the Lions' backline combined well to create an opportunity, and flanker Derick Minnie crashed over, taking two Leopards players with him.
Lions' fly-half Elton Jantjies, who continued his superb form this season with a near flawless kicking record in the match, converted to give the visitors a 7-3 lead.
The hosts wasted two early chances to close the gap, but the Lions defence did well to hold them off.
Dunlop added three more points with another penalty midway through the first half, but the Lions again struck back.
Three minutes later, a Jaco Taute dummy saw him slip through and dive over, with Jantjies converting to increase their advantage.
The Leopards again had a golden chance to close the gap, camping on the Lions' five-metre line, but they wasted two more opportunities from set pieces.
Sloppy finishing eventually forced the hosts to settle for three points, with Dunlop kicking a successful penalty attempt in the 29th minute.
Again hitting back on the counter attack, the Lions took advantage of a line-out seven minutes before the break, with Minnie scoring his brace from the resultant maul.
Jantjies converted the try, and the visitors held a 21-9 half-time lead.
While the Leopards had shown flashes of brilliance in the first half, the Lions ran away with it in the second period.
Pat Cilliers dotted down four minutes after the break for the bonus point try, and midway through the second half, winger Michael Killian was gifted a stunning pass from Jantjies to score their fifth.
Jantjies converted both, as well as a penalty in between, and the visitors led 38-9 with less than 20 minutes left.
Lock Johan Snyman went over for their final try, and while Jantjies missed a tough conversion, the visitors had done enough to walk over their hosts with a convincing win.
The Leopards scored two consolation tries in the dying stages, through replacement Johann Laker and hooker Gavin Williamson, both converted by Clayton Durand, but it was too little too late.
The Leopards, with only one win from 10 games, remain in bottom spot in the standings as they took one step closer to a relegation battle.
Tries: Laker, Williamson
Cons: Durand 2
Pens: Dunlop 3
Tries: Minnie 2, Taute, Cilliers, Killian, Snyman
Cons: Jantjies 5
Leopards: 15 Hoffmann Maritz, 14 Charl Weideman, 13 Hennie Skorbinski, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht (c), 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whestley Moolman, 8 Juan Pretorius, 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Robert Kruger, 5 Roan van Heerden, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Stoffel Duvenhage, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 BÃªrend Botha, 19 Philip de Wet, 20 Johann Laker, 21 Clayton Durand, 22 George Tossel.
Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Warrem Whiteley, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Burton Francis, 22 James Kamana.
Referee: Stuart Berry