Lions halt Boland in Moorreesburg
A messy second-half from the Boland Cavaliers handed the Lions a 32-10 (halftime 7-3) win in their Vodacom Cup match played at the Gene Louw stadium in Moorreesburg on Saturday.
Though the score might suggest it was a good effort by the Lions, the Cavaliers dug their own grave after a good first-half display.
The Gauteng side left their suburban comfort zones to play in the West Coast town and it took them a full 40 minutes to get use to the countryside.
The Cavaliers hit their straps from the word go and were especially impressive at scrum time. But they didn’t use all their scoring chances when they got close to the line.
Fullback Willie Le Roux missed two penalty kicks, but that can be forgiven as he had a stiff wind to contend with.
The Lions had fewer opportunities and their attacks were one-dimensional. Indeed, spectators had way more fun having their pictures taken with Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie and Bok Peter de Villiers, who attended the game.
A solo try by Tonderai Chavhanga gave the Lions their halftime lead, but the Cavaliers were still very much in control of business.
That was, however, until eighthman Zandré Jordaan was shown yellow 15 minutes into the second period after referee Archie Sehlako had given Boland a few warnings for illegal play at the breakdown. Eventually somebody had to pay and that someone was the almost irreplaceable Jordaan.
While he considered his sins the Lions scored 17 points, the first of which came in the form of André Pretorius’s boot. This former Springbok seemed to have little trouble kicking against the wind, slotting three conversions and two difficult penalties.
Gaps then started to open in Boland’s defence, with Alwyn Hollenbach and Jonathan Mokuena making use of their side’s numerical advantage.
Those 10 minutes messed up Boland’s chances and even when the Lions’ David de Villiers was shown yellow about 10 minutes before the end, the Cavaliers just couldn’t get back into the match.
For the Lions, a messy start turned into a well-deserved bonus point win in what they would consider the middle of nowhere.
Boland 10 – Try: Bolla Conradie. Conversion: Willie le Roux. Penalty: Le Roux.
Lions 32 – Tries: Tonderai Chavhanga, Alwyn Hollenbach, Jonathan Mokuena, Dries van Schalkwyk. Conversions: André Pretorius (3). Penalties: Pretorius (2).