Record-setting Lions reach play-offs
The Golden Lions snuck into the Vodacom Cup quarterfinals when they smashed a few records against the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Saturday.
The Golden Lions snuck into the Vodacom Cup quarterfinals – which will be hosted by the Pumas, Sharks XV, Blue Bulls and Western Province – when they smashed a few records against the Limpopo Blue Bulls on Saturday.
The team from Johannesburg raised the bar this weekend with a new South African first-class record for the biggest victory ever, when they beat the Limpopo Blue Bulls by 161-3 (points difference of 158).
The previous record only stood for a fortnight when the Pumas crushed the Limpopo Blue Bulls 154-0. The Johannesburgers’ 161 was only two points shy of the most points ever scored in a first-class match in South Africa, by Lowveld over Transkei in 1994 (163-10).
Their 25 tries is also a South African first-class record, while Anthony Volmink’s nine tries for the Golden Lions was one more than the previous national record, held by Mark Watson for Lowveld against Transkei in 1994.
Volmink’s 47 points – he also slotted a conversion – is a new Vodacom Cup record for the most points by one player in a single match, which was held by Naas Olivier of Griquas (against the Griffons in 2009).
The Golden Lions will travel to Durban to take on the Sharks XV in their playoffs – the other three quarterfinals are between the Pumas and the Pampas XV in Nelspruit, Western Province and Griquas in Cape Town and the Blue Bulls and EP Kings in Pretoria.
The dates, kick-off times and venues for the four quarterfinals will be confirmed early next week.
Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts scored two tries in his first match of the season, as the Sharks XV finished the league phase of the competition with a good 46-31 win over the Pampas XV in Durban on Friday evening.
Alberts, who had been out with a shoulder injury, played 60 minutes of the match, which the KwaZulu-Natalians had sewn up at the break when they led 36-5.
Western Province secured home ground advantage in the quarterfinals after a 75th minute try by Kobus van Wyk, which helped them to a 41-37 win over the Free State XV at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Four tries by the EP Kings were enough to see off a fiery Boland Cavaliers by 27-23 in an exciting match in Malmesbury on Saturday afternoon.
In the final match of the South Section, Karlo Aspeling was the Border Bulldogs’ hero as he kicked 20 points in their 25-19 win over the SWD Eagles in George on Friday evening.
It was the Bulldogs’ second successive win of the season as the finished a somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign in style at Outeniqua Park.
The most exciting match in the North Section this weekend was in Potchefstroom, where the Leopards XV lost 28-29 to Griquas on Friday. The team from North West subsequently crashed out of the Vodacom Cup courtesy of the Golden Lions, but they put up a good fight in a tense match against the team from the Northern Cape.
Griquas were too strong for the Falcons and won 40-7 in Kempton Park, with Janro van Niekerk recording a hat-trick of tries – an impressive feat for a prop.
The fourth North Section match of the weekend was a one-sided affair at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, where the Blue Bulls scored 13 tries as they crushed the Griffons 89-10 on Saturday afternoon.
All the scorers:
Sharks XV 46-31 Pampas XV
For the Sharks XV:
Tries: Alberts 2, van Tonder, Matsushima, Joubert, Harris
Cons: Zeilinga 5
Pens: Zeilinga 2
For the Pampas XV:
Tries: Estelles 2, Senatore, Galarza, Moyano
Cons: Madero 2, Iglesias
Leopards XV 28-29 Pumas
For Leopards XV:
Tries: Snyman, Swart, Maritz
Cons: Engelbrecht 2
Pens: Gilbert 3
For the Pumas:
Tries: Specman, Cassiem, Koch
Pens: Bezuidenhout 4
SWD Eagles 19-25 Border Bulldogs
For SWD Eagles:
Tries: Bock, Wagman, du Toit
Cons: van Vuuren, Taljard
For Border Bulldogs:
Try: van Schalkwyk
Pen: Aspeling 6
Blue Bulls 89-10 Griffons
For the Blue Bulls:
Tries: van der Walt 2, Janse van Rensburg 2, Swanepoel 2, Liebenberg, du Plessis, Skosan, Willis, Blommetjies, Jantjies, Mastriet
Cons: du Plessis 8, Jantjies 4
For the Griffons:
Falcons 7-40 Griquas
Tries: Acker, van Niekerk 3, Karemaker 2
Cons: de Wet 5
Golden Lions 161-3 Limpopo Blue Bulls
For the Golden Lions:
Tries: Volmink 9, R Cronje, Kriel 2, Whiteley, du Plessis, L Cronje, Botha 3, Redelinghuys, du Toit, G Cronje, Helberg, van der Watt, Breedt, des Fountain
Cons: G Cronje 12, Botha, Volmink, de Kock, R Cronje 3
For Limpopo Blue Bulls:
Boland Cavaliers 23-27 EP Kings
For Boland Cavaliers:
Tries: van der Merwe, Constant
Cons: Jansen 2
Pens: Jansen 3
For Eastern Province Kings:
Tries: Schoeman, Willemse, van Zyl, Oosthuizen
Cons: Van Zyl 2
Pen: van Breda
Free State XV 37-41 Western Province
For Free State XV:
Tries: Prinsloo 2, Mohoje, de Bruyn
Cons: Smit 3, Scheepers
Pens: Smit, Scheepers 2
For Western Province:
Tries: Klaasen 2, Kolbe, van der Spuy, van Wyk
Cons: Coleman 5
Pens: Coleman 2
1 Pumas - P 7 W 6 D 0 L 1 Pts 29
2 Blue Bulls - P 7 W 5 D 0 L 2 Pts 28
3 Griquas - P 7 W 4 D 0 L 3 Pts 22
4 Golden Lions - P 7 W 4 D 0 L 3 Pts 21
5 Leopards XV - P 7 W 4 D 0 L 3 Pts 21
6 Griffons - P 7 W 3 D 0 L 4 Pts 13
7 Falcons - P 7 W 2 D 0 L 5 Pts 9
8 Limpopo Blue Bulls - P 7 W 0 D 0 L 7 Pts 0
1 Sharks XV - P 7 W 6 D 0 L 1 Pts 29
2 Western Province - P 7 W 5 D 1 L 1 Pts 27
3 EP Kings - P 7 W 5 D 1 L 1 Pts 25
4 Pampas XV - P 7 W 4 D 1 L 2 Pts 22
5 Free State XV - P 7 W 2 D 0 L 5 Pts 17
6 SWD - P 7 W 1 D 0 L 6 Pts 10
7 Border Bulldogs - P 7 W 2 D 0 L 5 Pts 9
8 Boland Cavaliers - P 7 W 1 D 1 L 5 Pts 9