The Golden Lions scored two tries in the last 10 minutes of the game to take a 34-27 win over South Western Districts at Craven Week on Tuesday.
The Golden Lions opened the scoring with a good try as the No.11 Ralton October came off his wing and took a defender with him as he went over for the try. Erwin Harris added the extra two points and the Lions opened up a 7-0 lead after five minutes.
The Lions lead was extended by a Harris penalty as the Lions won the scrum penalty. A great kick with plenty of distance to spare and the Lions lead 10-0. Another Erwin Harris penalty on 14 minutes added another three points and it was 13-0 after 14 minutes.
South Western Districts got themselves on the scoreboard through a great line-out drive from five metres out from the Lions line and the captain Geor Malan goes over for the try. The conversion attempt is wide and the Lions lead is cut by five points to 13-5.
SWD flyhalf Dewald Human has not really been in the game but he shows his class with a great little chip and it is picked up well by Gene Willemse who goes over for the try. Human added the extra two points and SWD were right back in it at 13-12 after 24 minutes.
The Lions locks combine beautifully and Henson steps inside a number of players and sets the ball up. They recycle the ball well and shift it left and Gerdus van der Walt scores the try untouched. Another successful kick from Harris took the Lions lead to 20-12 five minutes before the break.
SWD took their opportunities in the first-half into the wind and Human kicked his first penalty goal which narrowed the gap to 20-15.
The Lions went into the break with a 20-15 lead and had the wind to contend with in the second period.
SWD pile on the pressure 12 minutes into the second-half and after two quick-tap penalties they shift it wide and Jayden Onkers went over for the try. Human misses the conversion and it was 20-all with 18 minutes left on the clock.
The Lions woke up and scored a try of their own as the lock Henson handed off one and ran in the try from 40 metres out. Harris' conversion was successful and the Lions were 27-20 ahead.
Another Lions scored with 10 minutes to play put them well clear of SWD as the reserve prop Gunther Janse Van Vuuren went over after great hands were shown from Willemse. Harris added the extras and the Lions lead 34-20.
South Western Districts did score on the final whistle but it was not enough as Onkers went over for his second and Human kicked the conversion. The Lions held out for a solid 34-27 win.
Man of the match: Lions lock Devon Henson was all over the pitch. Did the hard yards in the tight and managed to score a brilliant individual try that put the game beyond doubt.
For the Golden Lions:
Tries: October, Van der Walt, Henson, Janse Van Vuuren
Cons: Harris 4
Pens: Harris 2
For South Western Districts:
Tries: Malan, Willemse, Onkers 2
Cons: Human 2
Golden Lions: 15 Erick Fourie, 14 S'busiso Romeo Nkosi, 13 Jshegofatso Godfrey Ramaboea, 12 Gerdus van der Walt, 11 Ralton Navan October, 10 Erwin Ambrose Harris, 9 Johan Esterhuizen, 8 Wiehan Heinrich Jacobs, 7 Dylan Calvyn Vlok, 6 Dwayne Pienaar, 5 Devon Craig Henson, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Andrew Philip Acton.
Replacements: 16 Emmanuel Khomotjo Morowane, 17 Cornelius Jacobus Greeff, 18 Roan Grobbelaar, 19 Nyasha David Tarusenga, 20 Brandan Rieck, 21 Sibongumusa Innocent Radebe, 22 Fernando Angelo Kermis.
SWD: 15 Hennie Barnard, 14 Jean-Pierre Morgan Alrich Coetzee, 13 Jayden Alrich Onkers, 12 Gene Gustave Willemse, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dewald Dawid Human, 9 Maurice White, 8 Dian Maritz Koen, 7 Benjamin Jansen van Vuuren, 6 Geor Cillie Malan, 5 Eduard Le Roux Zandberg, 4 Anton Renier Smit, 3 Stefaan Grundlingh, 2 Marne Christoff Botha, 1 Juandre Christiaan Digue.
Replacements: 16 Brandon Alex Haas, 17 Nemo Gunther Roelofse, 18 Donavan Johnanes van der Berg, 19 Daniel Stefanus Maree, 20 Remu Regardt Malan, 21 Douw Gerbrandt Schoeman, 22 Lorenzo Trevor Isaac Gordon.