Sigma Lions Get First Currie Cup Win By Beating DHL Western Province

 

The Sigma Lions hosted the DHL Western Province in the last match of this weekend's Currie Cup matches. It was a game of two halves where the Lions dominated the first half and set up a comfortable lead. The majority of the second half belonged to Western Province who managed to close the scoreline gap, however, the Lions kept on increasing their lead in the latter part of the half to beat Western Province 33-10.

The first half saw the Lions applying the early pressure by scoring two quick tries after gaining good territorial advantage. They continued to find gaps in the Western Province defence and kept on forcing Western Province back into the quarter from where they scored again to gain an early lead on the scoreboard. Western Province managed to stem the onslaught from the Lions in the latter part of the half by forcing them into their quarter, however, they were unable to convert their attacking attempts into points. The halftime score was 20-03 in favour of the Lions.

The second half saw Western Province, in turn, applying the early pressure with good attacking play into the Lions' quarter from where they scored a converted try to close the scoreline gap. They further kept the Lions pinned in their quarter until the 58th minute when the Lions finally managed to escape. The Lions then scored more points to increase their lead and managed to absorb the attacking pressure by Western Province in the latter part of the second half, to earn a well-deserved first Curry Cup season victory.

03:46 Morne Brandon scored a try for the Lions from a driving maul that was formed from a penalty lineout. The conversion was missed (05-00).

07:50 A penalty was given against the Lions in their quarter which was kicked by Tim Swiel (05-03).

08:57 Stean Pienaar scored a try for the Lions after he beat the Western Province defence out wide. The try was converted by Tiaan Swanepoel (12-03).

20:00 The Lions drew first blood after scoring two quick tries and repeatedly forcing Western Province into their quarter through good pressure play which created gaps in the Western Province defence.

22:22 Lions fullback Quan Horn scored a good try after he ran through the leaky Western Province defence. The conversion was missed (17-03).

35:00 A penalty was given against Western Province in their half in line with the uprights, which was kicked by Tiaan Swanepoel (20-03).

40:00 Western Province managed to stem the onslaught from the Lions in the latter part of the half by forcing them into their quarter, however, they were unable to convert their attacking attempts into points.

47:11 Lions lock Ruben Schoeman received a yellow card for repeated ruck infringements whilst defending the Lions' try line.

47:41 Nama Xaba scored a try for Western Province after repeated attacking forward driving play by Western Province. The try was converted by Tim Swiel (20-10).

60:00 Western Province started the second half with better attacking play and scored an early converted try for their efforts. The Lions found themselves defending in their half for a prolonged period and Western Province enjoying the territorial and possession advantage.

63:48 A penalty was given against Western Province in their half which was kicked by Tiaan Swanepoel (23-10).

67:48 A penalty was given against Western Province just inside the Lions' half which was kicked by Tiaan Swanepoel (26-10).

71:30 Tiaan Swanepoel scored a try for the Lions which he converted (33-10).

Scorers:
Sigma Lions: Tries: Morne Brandon, Stean Pienaar, Quan Horn, Tiaan Swanepoel. Conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (2). Penalties: Tiaan Swanepoel (3)
DHL Western Province: Tries: Nama Xaba. Conversions: Tim Swiel. Penalties: Tim Swiel

Teams:
Sigma Lions: 15. Quan Horn, 14. Stean Pienaar, 13. Henco van Wyk, 12. Matt More, 11. Edwill van der Merwe, 10. Tiaan Swanepoel, 9. Sanele Nohamba, 8. Francke Horn, 7. Emmanuel Tshituka, 6. Sibusiso Sangweni, 5. Reinhard Nothnagel (c), 4. Ruben Schoeman, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Morne Brandon, 1. JP Smith. Replacements: 16. PJ Botha, 17. Sti Sithole, 18. Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19. PJ Steenkamp, 20. Jarod Cairns, 21. Morne van den Berg, 22. Manuel Rass, 23. James Tedder.

DHL Western Province: 15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Ebenezer Tshimanga, 10 Timothy Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Junior Pokomela, 7 Marcel Theunissen, 6 Nama Xaba (captain), 5 Adre Smith, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Jacques van Zyl, 1 Ali Vermaak. Replacements: 16 HP van Schoor, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Ben-Jason Dixon, 20 Keke Morabe, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Mnombo Zwelendaba, 23 Rikus Pretorius.

Article by Francois du Toit