Xerox Golden Lions are now on top of the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division with 25 points after defeating Eastern Province Kings 37 – 21 over the weekend.
The Xerox Golden Lions is a point ahead of the Blue Bulls who triumphed 24-17 over a resilient Toyota Free State Cheetahs.
The lively Golden Lions stamped their authority on proceedings from the outset. A penalty try was followed by flanker Kwagga Smith scored his fourth of the season and then another five pointer through centre Stokkies Hanekom gave them a 19-0 lead.
The Kings bounced back with tries from right wing Siyanda Grey and No 8 Paul Schoeman, who scored from a lineout drive. Minutes later, however, flank Stephan de Wit was on hand to take a pop pass from Lions captain, Howard Mnisi, for his side’s bonus point try on the half hour.
After halftime the Kings struck first when Schoeman scored his second try from a driving maul. It then took Lions all of 30 minutes to score again – a penalty by replacement flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff. Right wing Ruan Combrinck scored their fifth try after the siren.