Lions win battle of the cats
June 24, 2016

The Xerox Golden Lions XV won the battle of the cats as they ran in 10 tries to beat the Leopards 64-28 (halftime 26-7) in a provincial tournament clash at Olen Park Stadium in Potchefstroom on Friday.

Both sides secured a bonus-point for scoring four tries but the Lions had registered theirs by the time referee Stuart Berry had blown the halftime whistle. The Leopards started brightly by opening the scoring as early as the fourth minute when right wing Bradley Moolman dashed over the line with fullback Rhyno Smith converting to give the hosts a 7-0 advantage.

That was the only success the home team would have in the opening half as the Lions took control. The men from Johannesburg opened their account through tighthead prop, Jacques van Rooyen, with flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff adding the extra points to level matters after 15 minutes.

Lions inside centre Jarryd Sage and hooker Ramone Samuels added tries to the tally before Berry dished out the first yellow card of the game, sending Leopards hooker Wilmar Arnoldi to the bin for the remainder of the first half with the visitors 19-7 up.

Flank Cyle Brink rounded off a good first half by crossing the line shortly before the halftime whistle for the bonus-point try which Boshoff converted to leave the Lions 19 points in front.

The visitors turned on the style in the second stanza, opening up a 38-point lead as tries from replacement fullback, Sylvian Mahuza, No 8 Ruan Ackerman and lock Lourens Erasmus knocked the stuffing out of the home side. The Leopards find some gas in the tank and hit back with two tries of their own through scrumhalf Malherbe Swart and replacement wing Jaco Hayward. Smith converted both tries to reduce the deficit to 14 points before Berry whipped out a yellow card again.

Mahuza, who started the scoring in the second half, was given a ten-minute respite by the referee which allowed the home side to register their fourth try, and a bonus-point, as Arnoldi rumbled over to score. But it was the visitors who finished off the game the stronger by running in a further three tries as Erasmus burst over for his second score, as well as replacement centre Rohan Jansen van Rensburg and left wing Anthony Volmink.


Leopards - Tries: Bradley Moolman, Malherbe Swart, Jaco Hayward, Wilmar Arnoldi; Conversions: Rhyno Smith (4).

Xerox Golden Lions XV - Tries: Lourens Erasmus (2), Jacques van Rooyen, Jarryd Sage, Ramone Samuels, Cyle Brink, Sylvian Mahuza, Ruan Ackerman, Rohan Jansen van Rensburg, Anthony Volmink; Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (7).

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