Lions down Pumas

The Golden Lions ended their Craven Week campaign off on a high note by beating the Pumas 28-11.

The Lions, who went down to Western Province in their first outing before beating the Blue Bulls in their second felt they should have been given a later game on the final day, and the quality of play they produced bore that out.

Their forwards cleaned up in all the phases and flyhalf Marais Schmidt, who was named man of the match, produced a masterly display of tactical kicking to keep his side in the Pumas half most of the time.

Over the three days, one has to conclude that this Lions side either does not know the rules, or they are poorly disciplined, because they were again on the receiving end of a heavy penalty count, and a yellow card.

They were, however, in control and never looked like losing.

The Lions opened the scoring in as early as the second minute when scrumhalf Vian Van der Watt went over for a try converted by Schmidt, who added two penalties to take his side to 14-0 out after 20 minutes. The referee then awarded 12 kicks in a row, and three ’10m marches’ to the Pumas and they closed the gap to 14-6 through two penalties by flyhalf Clinton Swart. Pumas flank Hendrick Haasbroek scored a try on the stroke to half time to make it 14-11 at the break.

The Lions started off well in the second half, with Schmidt rounding off some good forward-back interplay to go over under the posts to give his side a 21-11 lead.

Playing into the wind, the Lions continued to dominate the game. They produced a number of scoring chances, but their handling let them down at crucial moments.

Replacement lock Armandt Liebenberg rounded off the scoring five minutes from the end. Schmidt kicked the conversion to take his match tally to 18 points.