The Golden Lions demonstrated that they will be the team to beat in this year’s Currie Cup, scoring 10 tries in their 68-26 win over the Pumas on Saturday.
Nine different players touched down for the reigning champions, signalling a complete team effort. The Lions, undefeated in 2015, stretched their Currie Cup winning streak to 13 games. The last time the Joburg union lost a match in this competition was by 19-16 against Western Province in 2014.
And on the evidence of the Ellis Park showing, it might be a while before they taste defeat.
It took lock Lourens Erasmus only 8.5 seconds to score the first try – the fastest try ever scored in the competition. Nine more followed over 79 minutes.
Although none of the Lions players that started the Super rugby final the previous weekend was in the starting XV for this match, it made little difference as squad members stepped in and displayed the same confidence and form.
Wing Anthony Volmink was a handful with powerful and jinking runs, which sparked some lively attacks with the forwards always on hand for vital links.
Volmink’s second try was a wonderful solo run that saw him beat several defenders. Fullback Sylvian Mahuza’s try just before halftime is top contender for try of the year.
Hooker Akker van der Merwe played a key role in the sweeping move before making a deft offload inside to Mahuza, who had run a superb line.
Xerox Golden Lions 68 (35) Steval Pumas 26 (14)
Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Akker van der Merwe, Anthony Volmink (2), Cyle Brink, Howard Mnisi, Jako van der Walt, Koch Marx, Lourens Erasmus, Marnitz Boshoff, Sylvian Mahuza. Conversions: Jako van der Walt (6), Marnitz Boshoff (3).
Steval Pumas – Tries: Devon Williams, Justin van Staden, Khwezi Mona, Marlou van Niekerk. Conversions: Francois Brummer (3).