The Lions beat the Southern Kings 30-24 in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The Kings defence was poor, allowing three soft tries in the first half. They got better as the game wore on, but didn’t have the experience or class to finish off the Lions.
Their forward effort was much improved in the second half, and the backline benefited from that platform. Monty Dumond also kicked beautifully at goal, nailing a pressure kick to give the hosts a 24-22 lead.
But another defensive lapse 13 minutes from the end allowed the Lions to clinch it, as Jonathan Mokuena scored.
With 13 minutes to go, former Blitzbokke captain Jonathan Mokuena managed to squeeze his way through the Kings defence following a scrum on their five metre line, to give the Lions the lead. A further penalty by Hein Cronje gave the Lions some breathing room.