Lions show why they are kings of El­lis Park

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THE LIONS ran in eight tries to thrash the Kings 57-21 in an all-South African Su­per Rugby clash at El­lis Park last night.

The win kept the Lions, who had al­ready qual­i­fied for the quar­ter-fi­nals, top of the ta­ble with 52 points from 14 matches, one ahead of New Zealand’s Chiefs as they seek to se­cure home ad­van­tage through the knock­out stages.

The tries came from cen­tre Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg (two), full­back An­dries Coet­zee, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, lock Franco Mostert, hooker Mal­colm Marx, re­place­ment back Syl­vian Mahuza and wing Court­nall Skosan.

The Kings, who trailed 17-10 at half­time, re­sponded with touch­downs by scrumhalf James Hall, cen­tre Ste­fan Water­meyer and hooker Schalk Fer­reira.

The hosts made the per­fect start when Janse van Rens­burg cut through a meek de­fen­sive line to dive over in­side two min­utes. The vis­i­tors, though, piled on the pres­sure and were re­warded when Hall crossed the line.

The Lions ini­tially bat­tled to find the same rhythm that saw them crush the Sharks last week­end but they went 10 points ahead when Coet­zee sprinted down the touch­line.

De Klerk fin­ished off a fine team try be­fore Water­meyer touched down un­der the posts for the Kings.

Two yel­low cards in four min­utes for the vis­i­tors, for pro­fes­sional fouls near their try­line, opened up the field for the Lions and they took ad­van­tage.

Mostert found a gap to score while Marx barged over at the back of a maul to earn a bonus point for his team. – Reuters Scor­ers Lions – Tries: Ro­han Janse van Rens­burg 2, An­dries Coet­zee, Faf de Klerk, Franco Mostert, Mal­colm Marx, Syl­vian Mahuza, Court­nall Skosan. Conversions: El­ton Jan­tjies 5, Ruan Com­brinck 2. Penalty: Jan­tjies. Kings – Tries: James Hall, Ste­fan Water­meyer, Schalk Fer­reira. Conversions: Louis Fouche 3.

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