Golden Lions too strong for SWD
Daniel Gallan
July 16, 2016

The Xerox Golden Lions continued their winning ways on Saturday as they overcame the SWD Eagles 35-29 in their Currie Cup qualifier match at the Emirates Airline Park.

The visitors matched their more illustrious opponents in terms of tries scored (4), but were constantly kept at arm’s length thanks to a brilliant kicking display by Lions’ flyhalf Siya Masuku. The number 10 contributed 15 points from the boot.

The Lions were without several of their key players, including their talismanic captain Ruaan Lerm, as Johan Ackermann is resting many of his Super Rugby regulars for this weekend’s trip to Argentina. As a result, some new faces were eager to impress and duly delivered.

Once again a number 8 scored for the Lions, this time through Jo-Hanco de Villiers. With Warren Whitely earmarked for greatness, and the usual skipper, Ruaan Lerm selected to take on the Jaguares in the final Super Rugby league match of the season, the coaching staff in Johannesburg can feel comfident that the back of the scrum is in good hands.

On a typical Highveld winter’s day, with a cool breeze and a cloudless sky, free flowing, running rugby was the order of the day. In total eight tries were scored which will please not only fans of the South African game, but also administrators and coaches who might be concerned with the imminent exodus of playing talent. Clearly, strength in depth is not an issue in the Republic.

The result means that the Eagles will compete in the second division when the Currie Cup kicks off later this year, but they can be proud of their performance here today.

As for the Lions, they once again proved they have quality in depth and have all the ingredients for a dynasty in the making.

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