Fabian Booysen scored a brace while Shaun Reynolds played his role as the general in the Xerox Golden Lions’ 40-29 win over the Steval Pumas in KaNyamazane Stadium, Nelspruit on Saturday.
Reynolds was superb scoring 25 of his team’s points. He ran over for a try and then kicked four penalties and four conversions as the Lions registered an bonus-point win away from home.
Opposition fylhalf Kobus Marais scored 19 points of his own with the boot, slotting five penalties and two conversions, but it was not enough to secure his team a second victory in as many weeks.
The Pumas made a massive statement in the opening round when they beat the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria last week, so they were keen to impress on home soil in Nelspruit.
The Golden Lions were playing their first match in the competition after having a bye in the opening round. They knew that victory in their first game would be important to stay in touch with the leaders.
And it was the Lions who would make the most of their opportunities to claim the honours, having overturned a first-half deficit.
Two tries from hard-working flanker Booysen and one each from left wing Gerrie Labuschagne and Reynolds took the game away from the home side, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.
The Pumas did get to within one point of the visitors with only 12 minutes remaining but the Lions did enough to pull away and secure the win.
Pumas – Tries: Reynier van Rooyen (2); Conversions: Kobus Marais (2); Penalties: Kobus Marias (5)
Golden Lions – Tries: Fabian Booysen (2), Shaun Reynolds, Gerhardus Labuschagne; Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (4); Penalties: Shaun Reynolds (4)