The Golden Lions ran in five tries to record a bonus point victory over Griquas in their final league fixture of the Absa Currie Cup at Ellis Park on Saturday. Despite some early dominance from the hosts it was the visitors who got on the scoreboard in the eighth minute when they went for an attacking line out and Carel Greeff broke of the maul to go over for a try taking the lead to 7-0. Sampie Mastriet got the game on level terms as he ran 80 metres to the try line.
Hawies Fourie’s men looked the likely to score next as they made numerous trips into their opponents’ half. However after a few handling errors by both sides it was the Lions who went over with Albertus Smith. Before the break the Kimberley-based side scored their second of the match through Tian Meyer who went down under the posts to head into the break with the score all square at 14-14.
In the second half the momentum was with the Johannesburg union as they had a number of attacking chances however they were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 14 men when RJ Liebenberg was sin binned for a dangerous tackle. That did not hamper their game as they stuck to the game plan. They stretched ahead with a penalty slotted over by Jaco Van Der Walt and their third try of the match from Jacques Nel with the score at 22-14.
In the final stages both teams scored a try each. For the Northern Cape union it was Dylon Frylinck and for the Ellis Park side it was Nel who got his second of the match and the Lions’ fourth as the game ended 29-19 to Johan Ackermann’s men. The result sees the Lions remain unbeaten on 47 points while Griquas failed to record a win in this year’s tournament finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the table in eighth position.