Lions roar in Battle of the Cats
August 13, 2016

The quickest try in Currie Cup history set the rampant Xerox Golden Lions on their way to a massive 68-26 win over the woeful Steval Pumas in their Currie Cup Premier Division encounter at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg this afternoon.

It was a mesmerising display of counter attacking rugby from the home side as they scored a number of long range efforts among the 10 tries they ran in, including a length of the field try of the season contender, while the Pumas only consolation proved to be their fourth try bonus point after the fulltime hooter had gone.

The match kicked off with Lourens Erasmus etching his name in the record books as from Jaco van der Walts kick-off the Pumas missed the ball. Allowing it to bounce straight into the maurauding arms of Erasmus who gleefully sprinted over the try line and scored under the posts.

The try was clocked in at a blistering 8.5 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of nine seconds by Berty Visser for the Leopards in 2012.

The Pumas however may have thought they had a chance to hit back when Lions hooker Akker van der Merwe received a yellow card for a high tackle in the seventh minute, but Francois Brummer missed the kick from just outside the 22m near the left hand touchline.

The Lions responded by scoring with 14-men as fullback Silvian Mahuza received the ball on the 22m Lion, syepped through the Pumas defence and sprinted top the half way line where he drew the final defender and released flyhalf Jaco van der Walt to score under the polls.

Van der Walt duly added his second conversion and the Lions were 14-0 up after nine minutes.

A second yellow card, this time to prop Jacques van Rooyen for slowing the ball down with the Pumas on the Lions try line reduced them to 13 men.

However the Pumas could not score during the time both players were off the field, including a short spell where the Lions mistakenly played with an extra man when the forward replacements were sent on.

Anthony Volmink then scored the first of his two tries in the 22nd minute as the Lions again began an attack on their 22m which finished with Volmink stepping past three tackles nad palming off the final defender to go over.

With the Lions back to 15-men the Pumas and Lions then traded tries as first inside centre Marlou van Niekerk scored, then flank Cyle Brink replied followed by Pumas Prop Khwezi Mona going over with the score 28-14 after 32 minutes.

Then came the try of the season contender as the Pumas on attack spilled the ball on the Lions try line with man-of-the-match Howard Mnisi picking up the ball in the in goal area and setting off, breking through the Pumas defence, the offload on the 22m went to van der Merwe who made it to the half way before passing to Mahuza to sprint away and score under the polls, with the conversion putting the 35-14 up, which they took into halftime.

Two tries to van der Merwe and Mnisi in the first eight minutes of the second half saw the Lions pick up where they left off, while Justin van Staden replied for the visitors in the 54th minute, making the score 47-19.

Further tries from wing Koch Marx, reserve flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff and Volmink saw the Lions move 68-19 up, with Pumas replacement Devon Williams then scoring the Pumas bonus point try after the fulltime hooter to end the game.

Scorers Lions

Tries: Lourens Erasmus, Jaco van der Walt, Anthony Volmink (2), Cyle Brink, Sylvian Mahuza, Akker van der Merwe, Howard Mnisi, Koch Marx, Marnitz Boshoff, Conversions: Jaco van der Walt (6), Marnitz Boshoff (3)

Scorers Pumas

Tries: Marlou van niekerk, Khwezi Mona, Justin van Staden, Devon Williams, Conversions: Francois Brummer (3)

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