Golden Lions also lose in Cur­rie Cup

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

A mis­er­able week­end for the Golden Lions was com­pleted when the Cur­rie Cup team crashed 54-22 at neighbours Blue Bulls in a third round match. The Jo­han­nes­burg-based out­fit lost the Su­per Rugby fi­nal to New Zealand visi­tors Can­ter­bury Cru­saders Satur­day after flanker Kwagga Smith was red-carded be­fore half-time.

And sev­eral hours later the Lions re­serves fared dis­as­trously at Lof­tus Vers­feld sta­dium in Pre­to­ria, de­spite play­ing against only 13 op­po­nents at one stage of the open­ing half. Bulls outscored Lions by eight tries to four al­though they had three play­ers, lock Irne Herbst, hooker Jan-Hen­ning Cam­pher and winger Ke­fentse Mahlo, sin-binned at var­i­ous stages.

The home team speed­ily built a 21-point lead, con­ceded three tries when nu­mer­i­cally de­pleted, then re­cov­ered to hold a 28-15 ad­van­tage by half-time. Bulls dom­i­nated the sec­ond half and man-of-the-match award win­ner and prop Pierre Schoe­man scored the fi­nal try by bur­row­ing over the line.

An­other scorer for the winners was full-back War­rick Ge­lant, who re­ceived his first Spring­boks squad call-up this week­end, for a Rugby Championship Test against Ar­gentina. Lions’ fail­ings were not con­fined to scor­ing fewer tries than the Bulls-fly-half Shaun Reynolds added the ex­tra points to only one of the four.

Bulls used fly-half Tony Jan­tjies (five) and sub­sti­tute backs JT Jack­son and Ti­nus de Beer (one each) to suc­cess­fully con­vert seven of their eight tries. The bonus-point tri­umph lifted the Bulls into a three-way tie for top place with de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Free State Chee­tahs, who had a bye, and the Sharks.

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