Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Cup

Golden Lions upset Griquas



The MTN Golden Lions pulled off something of a surprise victory as they overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the GWK Griquas 35-30 (halftime 8-17) in their Vodacom Cup North Section match in Kimberley on Saturday.

The Lions found themselves trailing 24-8 midway through the second half but they never threw through in the towel as they outscored their opponents four tries to two.

The match only kicked into gear 25 minutes into the contest as speedy Lions’ left wing Anthony Volmink showed a deft touch to outfox the last Griquas defender.

However, Griquas exerted theri first half dominance into points thanks to a try from lock Ligtoring Landman and four penalties from fullback Rudi Vogt as the hosts took a 17-8 halftime lead. Vogt would end the match with 20 points to his name courtesy of six penalties and a conversion.

The Lions took a very long time to emerge from the dressing room after the break – probably because of a serious pep talk from coach, Deon Davids.

But Davids probably would have felt he needed to be clearer, because seconds into the half his team threw a poor pass which Griquas wing Jannie Boshoff intercepted before handing off an opponent on his way to scoring under the posts.

However the four-time champion Lions displayed plenty of fighting spirit and recovered to lead 25-24 midway through the second stanza.

Jaco Kriel and Robert de Bruyn both scored tries and Guy Cronjé added seven points with his boot during the fightback.

For large portions of the second half the Griquas were forced into a defensive role which was in sharp contrast to the first half when they had been dominant.

The lead then changed hands on more than one occasion before Lions replacement wing Garth April finally secured the win for the visitors with a superb, late try.

Scorers

GWK Griquas - Tries: Ligtoring Landman, Jannie Boshoff. Conversion: Rudi Vogt. Penalties: Vogt (6).

MTN Golden Lions - Tries: Anthony Volmink, Jaco Kriel, Robert de Bruyn, Garth April. Conversions: Guy Cronjé (3). Penalties: Cronjé (3).



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Kyle Brown
Bloodied but unbowed
It will take a bit of time for the pain to settle and for us to realise that the sun will rise...

Tony Johnson
Some accountability at last
The fact that Sanzar has responded to some shoddy refereeing over the weekend is good. We have some...

Brendan Venter
Success determined by injury list
As we approach the business end of the Super Rugby season, I believe that the team which has their...

Brenden Nel
Where is the Blitz in these Boks?
The spectacular implosion by the Blitzboks to hand their World Series lead – and then the title –...

Gavin Rich
Relax, the World Cup isn't won in May
It’s been a long time since a Super Rugby weekend has been so abjectly poor for South Africans, and...

Super Wrap
SuperWrap: Week 14, 2015
An optimist will look at a glass of water and call it half-full. A pessimist will look at that same...