Unbeaten Golden Lions thrash WP

Date published: October 2 2015

The Golden Lions underlined their dominance in this year's Currie Cup when they beat Western Province 62-25 in Johannesburg on Friday.

The free-running home side dominated from start to finish and outscored their hosts nine tries to three as they secured their bonus point by the half-hour mark already.

As expected the game was played at a frenetic pace with both sides trying to keep the ball in hand at every opportunity. But although WP tried their best to stay in touch with their hosts they went off the boil as the game progressed.

Marnitz Boshoff and Robert du Preez traded early penalties before du Preez added another three-pointer from the kicking tee which meant the visitors were leading 6-3 for what proved to be only time in the match.

The Lions replied with two tries in quick succession from Lourens Erasmus and Malcolm Marx which were both converted by Marnitz Boshoff. 

WP seemed shell-shocked but the Lions didn't take their foot off the pedal and continued to attack from all areas of the field. 

Their enterprising play was rewarded again when Boshoff crossed for their third try 10 minutes later, after a superb break by Erasmus in the build-up, and when Mostert crossed for their fourth try in the 30th minute the home crowd were in raptures.

To their credit, WP fought back via a Sikhumbuzo Notshe try but the hosts responded when Howard Mnisi crossed again in the 35th minute. 

Johnny Kotze then weaved his way past a couple of defenders before scoring WP's second try which meant the Lions were leading 36-20 at half-time.

There was more enterprising play from the Lions after the break, and they increased their lead when  Andries Coetzee dotted down just three minutes after the restart.

They upped the ante as the half progressed and Anthony Volmink, Kwagga Smith and Stokkies Hanekom also got their names onto the scoresheet with well-taken tries.

WP had little left in the tank but two late tries from Notshe and Nic Groom was enough to secure them a try-bonus point in the end.

The scorers:

For Golden Lions:
Tries: Erasmus, Marx, Boshoff, Mostert, Mnisi, Coetzee, Volmink, Smith, Hanekom
Cons: Boshoff 5, Van der Walt 2
Pen: Boshoff

For Western Province:
Tries: Notshe 2, Kotze, Groom
Cons: Du Preez 3
Pens: Du Preez 2

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Stephan de Witt, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Mark Pretorius, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Albertus Smith, 20 Jaco van der Walt, 21 Stokkies Hanekom, 22 Sampie Mastriet

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (c), 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Huw Jones

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen