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Currie Cup | Ellis Park
17:10 (GMT) | 05-09-2015
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Boshoff adds the extras and that is it! FULL-TIME: Golden Lions 37-21
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After a TMO referral Graaff gets a red card for a punch and a dangerous clean-out at the previous result
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The Kings still have possession deep inside their own half with Bholi doing some good work. The Lions turn it over and Combrinck is through a gap for the try!
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Boshoff kicks the ball dead instead of find touch with the penalty and the Kings have a scrum on halfway. The Lions drive them off the ball and the Lions decide to play on after the hooter has sounded. Mnisi kicks, but the Kings get possession back. The Kings go wide before losing it forward. The Lions go wide and they lose the ball as well
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Watts chips from the scrum, but the Lions have the ball back near the Kings 22. The Kings turn it over and they go wide with watts in space. However, the Lions get the penalty with the Kings going off their feet at the ruck on halfway.
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The Lions form the maul from the line-out inside the Kings 22, but they cannot use the ball and the Kings will have a defensive scrum in their own 22.
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After a delay to get the scrum going again, Schroeder is finally able to release his backline. The Lions make their way towards the Kings 22 with De Wit making great ground. The Lions get a penalty and they take it quickly and Eital Bredenkamp gets a yellow card for repeated infringements
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Bholi takes the ball up from the line-out. Whitehead is tackled with the ball and the Lions turn it over, Boshoff goes for the drop, but it is a poor kick and the Lions will get the scrum on the Kings 10m line.
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The Lions get momentum with a driving maul before the ball is kicked. The Kings get are under pressure in their own 22, but they get a penalty and Watts gives the away team a line-out near the Kings 10m line.
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Boshoff lines up the penalty kick to polls from a difficult angle outside the Kings' 22. He converts the penalty and the Lions lead 30-21
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The Kings have the ball 5m from their own tryline before Aspeling find touch between the Kings 10m and 22m line. The Lions form the maul and they make their way inside the Kings' 22 Schroeder goes wide and the Lions are just 5m short after Jano Venter takes the ball up. Play is brought back for a Lions penalty 10m from the Kings tryline.
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After a long injury delay for Volmink, who is replaced by Jano Venter, the game is back under way with a Kings scrum near halfway. The Lions push the Kings back and they win the ball. The ball goes to Smith in space in the Kings 22. The ball goes wide again but Combrinck loses the ball forward with the tryline open
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The Lions try to run the ball from their own 22 before Jacobs finds touch with a good kick down field. Acker sends the ball wide from the line-out and play is stopped for a head knock to Volmink on the Kings' 10m line.
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The Kings form the maul and they make their way towards the Lions tryline, but the detached and the Lions will have a scrum 5m from their own tryline.
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The ball goes wide from the scrum and Whitehead is tackled short of the tryline. The Kings get the penalty again and Aspeling gives his team a line-out about 10m from the Lions' tryline
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Aspeling is in space from the scrum and Mahuza takes the ball in into the Lions 22. The ball is over the tryline, but Van der Walt saves his team by ripping the ball away and dotting the ball down. The Kings will have a scrum 5m from the Lions tryline.
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The Lions now have the ball on halfway and they are making some good ground with their forwards. Van der Walt kicks and it goes dead and the Kings will have a scrum on halfway
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Aspeling converts the try and the score is now 27-21 in favour of the home side.
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The Kings form the maul inside the Lions' 22 and they are over the tryline and Schoeman scores again for the KIngs
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The Kings, from a scrum just outside their own 22, are put under pressure by the Lions. Acker kicks high and Bholi breaks through a couple of tackles after getting the ball back for his team. The away team gets the penalty and Aspeling gives his team a line-out in the Lions' 22
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Van der Walt rips the ball from Mahuza after the line-out before he passes to Jacobs who loses the ball forward after sprinting in the Kings 22. Aspeling kicks down field and the Lions run the ball back with Mnisi
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.The Kings are tackled back now before Kelly kicks the ball away. Coetzee kicks deep and finds touch inside the Kings' half.
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Schoeman goes short side from the scrum, but he is well marked. The kings kick possession away again and in fact both teams are kicking aimlessly. Aspeling finally decides to run and the Kings are 15m from the Lions 22.
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The Kings, from a scrum on their own 10m line, are struggling to get going with both front rows unable too get a proper bind
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After a scrum reset, Kelly goes wide but the Lions defence are well organised. The ball goes wide again, but the ball goes out into touch for a Kings throw in on their 10m line. They form the maul, but the lions get the penalty and they take it quickly. Mnisi loses the ball forward and Aspeling kicks down field
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Aspeling kicks deep after the restart and the Lions run it back. Coetzee kicks and Aspeling finds touch near halfway. The Lions go wide from the line-out, but the ball was lost forward and the Kings will have a scrum near halfway.
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SECOND HALF: Jaco van der Walt gets the second half under way!

Half Time

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The Kings form the maul at the line-out but it is sacked. The Lions win a penalty just outside the Kings 22 and they will go for the three points. Van der Walt converts the penalty and that is it for the first half. HALF-TIME: Lions 27-14 Kings
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From the line-out near halfway, the Lions go to the midfield with Mnisi taking the ball up. The Kings turn it over and Whitehead looks for a gap. The Kings hold on and the Lions win a penalty. They take it quickly and go wide but they lose the ball forward before going into touch. The Kings opt for the line-out deep in their half.
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Schoeman takes the ball up from the scrum before Aspeling finds touch near halfway.
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The Lions form the maul before going wide. Coetzee is tackled 10m short of the Kings tryline. A Lions' player is held up and and the Kings get a scrum 5m from their own tryline.
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The Kings form the maul from the line-out and they drive towards halfway. The Kings change lanes and the give the Lions the penalty. Van der Walt gives his team a line-out inside the Kings' 22
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Coetzee kicks deep from inside his own half and the Kings run it back. They make their way towards the Lions 22 before the ball is lost and Coetzee finds touch inside the Kings half with a good kick.
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Van der Walt cannot add the extras, but the Lions lead 24-14
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The ball goes wide from the line-out and the captain Mnisi finds himself in a bit of space before passing to Stephan De Wit who dives over for the try!
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The Kings go wide from the scrum and Graaff is nearly through a gap. The ball goes loose and the Lions get a penalty near halfway. Van der Walt gives his team a line-out between the Kings' 10m and 22m lines
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The Lions lose the ball on their own throw in and the Kings kick the ball down field. Both teams exchange kicks before Combrinck decides to run it, but sends a forward pass to a teammate and the Kings will have a scrum on the Lions 10m line.
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Aspeling adds the extras and the score is now 19-14 to the Lions
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The Kings keep the ball with their forwards after the line-out. The ball goes wide but Whitehead is tackled well. The Kings are just 5m form the Lions' tryline now. The Kings get another penalty. They opt for another 5m line-out. The Kings form the maul and they drive over the tryline and Schoeman gets the try!
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The Lions contest the ball after the line-out, but the Kings hang onto it. Aspeling is nearly through a half gap before the ball goes to Mahuza dives for the corner. It goes to the TMO but his foot was in touch. Play is brought back for a Kings penalty and they opt for a 5m line-out.
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The Kings get a penalty after they formed the maul. Aspeling gives his team a line-out inside the Lions' 22.
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Van der Walt's restart goes too far and it will be a 22m drop out. Volmink runs the ball back after the Kings kick deep. The Lions go wide, but the ball is lost forward. The kings run it and they get a penalty. Aspeling gives his team a line-out between the Lions' 22 and 10m line.
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Aspeling converts the try and it is 19-7 to the home side.
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The Kings have the ball on the Lions 10m line now. They keep the ball close with their forwards and Schoeman breaks through a tackle in the Lions' 22. The Kings go wide and Grey is in for the try!
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Van der Walt adds the extras and the Lions lead 19-0
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Smith takes the ball up after the restart before Coetzee kicks down field. Aspeling's kick is charged down and Hanekom gathers and scores the try!
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Van der Walt misses the conversion, but the Lions lead 12-0
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Smith takes the ball up from the line-out before the ball goes wide. The Lions kick the ball away and the Kings are able to clear. The Lions run the ball back and Combrinck is in space down the touchline. The Lions are just 5m short of the tryline before Kwagga Smith dives over for the try!
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The Kings form the maul before Kelly sends a high ball. The ball is out on the full and the Lions will have an attacking line-out near the Kings 10m line.
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The Kings find themselves with a scrum deep inside the Lions half. Mahuza takes the ball up after the scrum before Aspeling kicks. Volminck kicks and finds touch deep inside the Kings' half
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Van der Walt adds the extras and the Lions lead 7-0
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The Lions find themselves just outside the Kings 22. They go wide and Marx makes his way into the 22. The ball goes to De Wit and loses the ball over the tryline. Play is brought back for a lions penalty and they opt for a 5m line-out. The Lions form the maul and they drive forward and the Kings collapse it. It is a penalty try for the Lions.
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Jaco van der Walt finds touch towards halfway with a good kick after the restart. The Kings get the ball from a scrappy line-out before the ball is kicked. The Lions go wide near halfway before Mnisi kicks the ball away. Graaff's kick is charged down and the ball goes out into touch in the Kings half.
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KICK-OFF: Karlo Aspeling gets the game under way!
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The Lions won the first meeting between the two sides this season in PE in Round One. On that day the score was 51-14
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It's top taking on bottom as the Lions look to maintain their unbeaten record!
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Welcome to the final match of Round Five! The Golden Lions are at home to the Eastern Province Kings!
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
  • 14 Ruan Combrinck
  • 13 Nicolaas Hanekom
  • 12 Howard Mnisi
  • 11 Anthony Volmink
  • 10 Jaco van der Walt
  • 9 Lohan Jacobs
  • 8 Fabian Booysen
  • 7 Albertus Smith
  • 6 Stephan De Wit
  • 5 Martin Muller
  • 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • 3 Julian Redelinghuys
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
RESERVES
  • 22 JP Nel
  • 21 Marnitz Boshoff
  • 20 Ricky Schroeder
  • 19 Jano Venter
  • 18 Lourens Erasmus
  • 17 Ruan Dreyer
  • 16 Robbie Coetzee
START LINE UP
  • 15 Hansie Graaff
  • 14 Siyanda Grey
  • 13 Ronnie Cooke
  • 12 Tim Whitehead
  • 11 Sylvian Mahuza
  • 10 Karlo Aspeling
  • 9 Dwayne Kelly
  • 8 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Stefan Willemse
  • 6 Thembelani Bholi
  • 5 Cameron Lindsay
  • 4 Taz Fuzani
  • 3 Simon Kerrod
  • 2 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 1 Lizo Gqoboka
RESERVES
  • 22 JP du Plessis
  • 21 Elgar Watts
  • 20 Enrico Acker
  • 19 Eital Bredenkamp
  • 18 Cornell Hess
  • 17 Basil Short
  • 16 Mike Van Vuuren
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Preview: Currie Cup, Round Five

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:33

The Currie Cup competition this week will be lit up by a host of Springboks who missed the World Cup cut.

They are sure to grab a substantial portion  of the spotlight, as the Currie Cup race begins to heat up.

However, there is also the ongoing financial circus in Port Elizabeth that is threatening to turn the Eastern Province Kings into a circus act.

Among the Springbok discards who will feature in South Africa's premier domestic competition this week are Marcel van der Merwe (Blue Bulls), Jan Serfontein (Blue Bulls), Teboho Mohoje (Free State Cheetahs) and Cobus Reinach (Sharks).

Then there are Bok training squad members Siyabonga Ntubeni and Steven Kitshoff, who will both start in the front row for Western Province.

We look at Round Five!

Friday, September 4

Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.190 GMT)

The Blue Bulls this week repeatedly stated that their first round win (57-19) over the Free State Cheetahs counts for nothing.

As captain Pieter Labuschagne put it: "This is going to be a different ball-game."

The Bulls caught the Cheetahs by surprise with their expansive game and by now the opposition would have had plenty of time to analyse their game properly.

The return of Springboks Marcel van der Merwe and Jan Serfontein will add plenty of experience and depth to the team's already impressive player resources.

Then there is also the return of Bok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, having missed last week's win over Griquas when he attended his sister's wedding.

Coach Nollis Marais admitted the Bulls caught the Cheetahs "off-guard" in the first-round match.

"They are a much improved side," Marais said of the Cheetahs, adding: "They played well [against Western Province] at Newlands in the rain and could have won that match.

"Last week against WP they killed them off in the first 30 minutes. They are an in-form side."

Marais also spoke of some of the bad habits that has prevented his team from playing to their full potential.

"At times, when something goes wrong, we tend to go into our shells. It is a big focus for us at the moment."

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has not rushed any of his returning Springboks back - with loose forward Teboho Mohoje named on the bench wing Cornal Hendricks not considered this week.

Recent results:
2015: Blue Bulls won 57-19, Bloemfontein
2014: Blue Bulls won 31-22, Bloemfontein
2013: Free State Cheetahs won 22-7, Bloemfontein
2013: Blue Bulls won 26-10, Pretoria
2012: Free State Cheetahs won 32-18, Bloemfontein
2012: Blue Bulls won 34-30, Pretoria

Prediction: The Blue Bulls may be talking the Free State Cheetahs up, but the men from Pretoria remain favourites. They have a rich vein of form and that should be enough to see the Bulls win by 15 points.

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Elandre Huggett, 1 Burrie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Reniel Hugo, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Freddy Ngoza, 21, Ruan van Rensburg, 22 Sias Ebersohn.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Francois Pretorius, Vusi Msibi
TMO: Willie Vos

Saturday, September 5

Sharks v Pumas
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

Revenge will be on the minds of the Sharks, as they await the Pumas team who ambushed them in Nelspruit in Round One of the competition.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold, who welcomed back Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, suggested it could be a brutal affair.

"Physicality is going to be a critical element against the Pumas," Gold said.

"They are not a massively elaborate team, but what they do they do well."

Pumas coach MJ Mentz wasted no time in drafting in Springbok prop Vincent Koch - a man on a mission to prove that his Test nightmare against Argentina was a one-off lapse.

However, Mentz's concerns revolve as much around his team's lack of discipline than their shoddy set pieces.

"Discipline is a big issue for us," Mentz said, adding: "Last week [an 11-41 loss to the Golden Lions] we had four yellow cards.

"We had some honest discussions and the players know we can't afford anymore lapses like that.

"We had a penalty count of 24-6 against us last week. You may be able to debate some of those calls, but those were the calls.

"Some harsh words were said in team meetings this week. It is now in the hands of the players to correct the matter and the players who don't make the necessary adjustments will suffer the consequences."

Mentz also said the Sharks are now a very different team from the one they beat 33-24 in week One.

"They have started to get some good momentum going and they are a team that always play well at home."

Recent results:
2015: Pumas won 33-24, Nelspruit
2014: Pumas won 32-22, Nelspruit
2014: Sharks won 34-17, Durban
2011: Sharks won 33-20, Durban
2011: Sharks won 23-22, Witbank

Prediction: The Pumas' campaign has derailed after a promising start, while the Sharks' graph is on an upwards curve. The Sharks should win an arm-wrestle, by seven points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Daniel du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 John-Charles Astle, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Garth April.

Pumas: 15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Hoffmann Maritz, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosko Speckman, 10 Juan-Claude Roos, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jacques Momberg, 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Khwezi Mona, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Jerome Pretorius.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert, Jason Jaftha
TMO: Marius Jonker

Western Province v Griquas
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.05; 15.05 GMT)

The defending champions, Western Province, are coming off back-to-back defeats and while it would be - in the words of coach John Dobson - perverse to talk of a crisis, they can't afford another defeat.

They were boosted by the return of Springbok training squad members Steven Kitshoff and Siyabonga Ntubeni.

However, the most significant change this week was at flyhalf, where Kurt Coleman is starting ahead of an out-of form Demetri Catrakilis.

Dobson was cautious not to point fingers at individuals, but admitted that errors is what cost his team most - labelling it "horror minutes".

The selection of Chris Cloete at openside flank may also prove to be of significance.

"We've had two periods of 20 to 25 minutes of horror shows," Dobson said.

"[Against the Bulls] we got bullied for 20-odd minutes and this past weekend we made three errors that saw us go 3-25 down.

"In some areas we put ourselves under pressure in the last two weeks," he said, adding that changes were necessary to stop the slide.

Griquas coach Hawies Fourie continued his weekly batch of changes as they seek their first win of the season.

The return of veteran Springbok Hilton Lobberts is the most significant of the adjustments he made to the make-up of his team.

Recent results:
2015: Western Province won 43-19, Kimberley
2014: Western Province won 36-12, Cape Town
2013: Western Province won 19-13, Cape Town
2013: Western Province won 20-19, Kimberley
2012: Western Province won 45-21, Cape Town
2012: Western Province won 25-20, Kimberley

Prediction: Griquas have struggled all season and are still winless. They will come up against Western Province at a bad time - a team desperate to get their campaign back on track. Western Province will win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr (captain), 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Jean-Pierre Smith, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Dillyn Leyds.

Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Sandile Ngcobo, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Hilton Lobberts, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 AJ Le Roux, 17  Danie Mienie, 18 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 19 Jonathan Adendorf, 20 Leon Karemaker, 21 Gouws Prinsloo,  22 Jacquin Jansen.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Rodney Boneparte, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Johan Greeff

Golden Lions v Eastern Province Kings
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)

Given the player turmoil in Port Elizabeth, this should be a 'walk in the park' for the Golden Lions.

However, complacency can be a giant killer and the table-topping Lions will be keen to avoid losing to what has the appearance of a second-string Kings selection.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who used the opportunity to rotate some key personnel, will be disappointed that regular captain Warren Whiteley was injured in training run on Thursday.

Ackermann, while being sympathetic to the plight of the Kings' players, made it clear that they will not be holding back.

"It is not easy on any player, but we can't read too much into that from a preparations point of view," Ackermann said.

He said he expect his players to be in a mean mood.

"I expect nothing less than their best attitude no matter how they [the Kings] prepare."

In the wake of Whiteley's late withdrawal on Thursday, Ackermann opted for centre Howard Mnisi to take the reins for the first time.

Recent results:
2015: Golden Lions won 51-14, Port Elizabeth
2014: Golden Lions won 41-22, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: If there is no complacency the Eastern Province Kings can expect to be on the receiving end of another 50-point hiding from the Golden Lions.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi (captain), 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9  Lohan Jacobs, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Stephan de Wit, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Lourens Erasmus, 19 Jano Venter, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jacques Nel.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Hansie Graaff, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Tim Whitehead (captain), 11 Sylvian Mahuza, 10 Karlo Aspeling, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Basil Short, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Eital Bredenkamp, 20 Enrico Acker, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 JP du Plessis.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: JJ Wagner

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
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Lions rule Kings in thriller

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 19:05

REPORT: The Golden Lions ran in five tries to claim a 37-21 bonus point victory over an impressive EP Kings in Johannesburg.

It was a match that saw the momentum change hands with regularity as the visitors ran in three tries of their own but it proved too little as the home side continued their unbeaten run in the competition, after claiming their fifth consecutive bonus point victory.

It was one way traffic in the opening 13 minutes as the home side claimed three tries to race to a 19-0 lead. A fourth minute penalty try got the scoreboard rolling after the Kings collapsed a textbook rolling maul. Jaco van der Walt added the extras.

The Lions were in a running mood and grabbed their second try in the 11th minute when Ruan Combrinck raced down the touchline before being brought down five metres short of the try line. Albertus Smith was there to pick the ball up and dived over the try line for the score. Karlo Aspeling collected the restart but his attempted clearance kick was charged down by Nicolaas Hanekom and the outside centre collected the ball to grab the score. Van der Walt added his second conversion of the match.

The Kings hit back immediately when they went straight up field and Paul Schoeman got the visitors close to the lions' try line. The ball was quickly recycled and sent out wide and the ball found Siyanda Grey, who got over the line with ease. Aspeling slotted his first kick of the match.

The visitors had their tails up and found reward in the 23rd minute when Paul Schoeman crossed the line after a well-executed driving maul from a five metre line-out. Aspeling slotted the conversion from close to the touchline to reduce the deficit to five points.

The Lions grabbed their bonus point in the 30th minute when Stephan de Wit dotted down after grabbing the final pass from Howard Mnisi but it was the work of Combrink in the build-up that handed his team the momentum. Van der Walt added a penalty with the final kick of the half as the home side led by 13 points at the break.

The second half got off to a cagey start with nether side looking like scoring and it would take 15 minutes for the first points to be scored when Schoeman grabbed a brace off the back of another well executed rolling maul. Aspeling slotted the conversion to reduce the deficit to six points.

A period of arm wrestling would ensure for the next 15 minutes before Marnitz Boshoff slotted a penalty to secure the Lions' first points of the half. All hopes of a Kings late comeback was put to rest in the 76th minute when Eital Bredenkamp was sent to the bin for not releasing the tackled player on two consecutive occasions.

The match came to a dramatic conclusion when Combrink rounded off the final play of the match. The Kings' Hansie Graaff was shown a straight red card for not only throwing a punch but also dangerously cleaning out a Lions player at the breakdown, in the lead up to the try.

Boshoff added the extra points with the final kick of the match.

Man of the Match: Paul Schoeman was by far the standout player for the Kings throughout the encounter while Thembelani Bholi came to life in second half. Malcolm Marx proved why he is one of the best young hookers in the country and Jaco van der Walt simply ran the show from No.10. Howard Mnisi was his nippy and elusive self in midfield but our award goes to a man who was simply in a league of his own, even when he had to take up a position on the wing - Albertus Smith.

Scorers:

For the Golden Lions:
Tries: Penalty try, Smith, Hanekom, de Wit, Combrink
Cons: van der Walt 2, Boschoff
Pens: van der Walt, Boshoff

For the EP Kings:
Tries: Grey, Schoeman 2
Cons: Aspeling 3

Yellow card: Eital Bredenkamp (EP Kings, 76 - repeated cynical infringements, not releasing the tackled player)

Red card: Hansie Graaff (EP KINGS, 80 - foul play, punching and dangerous clean out)

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi (captain), 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9  Lohan Jacobs, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Stephan de Wit, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Lourens Erasmus, 19 Jano Venter, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jacques Nel.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Hansie Graaff, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Tim Whitehead (captain), 11 Sylvian Mahuza, 10 Karlo Aspeling, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Basil Short, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Eital Bredenkamp, 20 Enrico Acker, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 JP du Plessis.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: JJ Wagner

Albertus Smith (11min), Nicolaas Hanekom (13min), Stephan De Wit (30min), and Ruan Combrinck (83min)
TRIES
Siyanda Grey (15min), Paul Schoeman (23min), and Paul Schoeman (55min)
Jaco van der Walt (5min), Jaco van der Walt (13min), and Marnitz Boshoff (84min)
CONVERSIONS
Karlo Aspeling (16min), Karlo Aspeling (24min), and Karlo Aspeling (56min)
Jaco van der Walt (40min) and Marnitz Boshoff (70min)
PENALTIES
4min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Eital Bredenkamp (76min)
 
Hansie Graaff (83min)
 
VENUE Ellis Park
REFEREE Stuart Berry