Thirteen Man Eastern Province Earns Respect Against Lions

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Eastern Province hosted the Lions in the Nelson Mandala Bay Stadium in a game that was spoilt by the lack of discipline by both sides. The Lions walked off the pitch as winners with 54-24 with Eastern Province's guts and effort still not good enough earn them a win. 

The only highlight of the game was the performance of the Lions' pack of forwards. They dominated from the first minute of the game giving their backline more than adequate quality possession. The lack of fitness of the Eastern Province team is obvious while the Lions' attack lacked rhythm and commitment.

Eastern Province commitment in the last 20 minutes of the game was a pleasure to watch. However, hree tries in the last 5 minutes gave the Lions too much credit on the scoreboard.

02:18 A red card against the Eastern Province number 5 for a dangerous tackle.

06:39 A yellow card against Dillon Smit cancelled a great try by James Mollentze.

10:45 Penalty try to the Lions after Eastern Province collapsed a driving maul. (00-07)

15:12 Christopher Hollace scored EP's first try after the Lions defensive effort a disgrace. (07-07)

20:00 Ill-discipline and poor execution by both side spoiled the first twenty minutes. EP already awarded a red and yellow card while the Lions were awarded a yellow card.

22:12 After a lengthy break for the injury of Siya Nzuo the Lions scored immediately after the game resumed. Dameon Venter scored from a 5-meter drive.

26:41 Zingisa April scored EP's second try to narrow the gap to two points. (12-14)

32:00 Luke Rossouw over for the Lions 3rd try (12-21)

40:00 The Lions threatened to run amock. However, they lacked rhythm and left several tries on the playing field. The Lions pack of forwards is secured the foundation for a brilliant 2nd half.

43:31 David McBeth score the Lions 4th try after yet another driving Maul (12-26)

53:00 CJ Velleman's second yellow cad resulted in a red card. EP now down to 13 men on the field.

54:00 Penalty Try against Eastern Province. (12-33)

58:16 Mark Snyman "earns" the Lions second yellow card.

60:00 Eastern Province regaining some form and the team starting to show some guts.

62:32 Robin Stevens score a brilliant individual try for EP. (19-33)

73:21 Courtney Winnaar strolls over for his try from an intercept gift. (24-33)

77:17 Sibusiso Sangweni score for the Lions (24-40)

79:19 Banele Mthenjane storms over for the Lions 7th try. (24-47)

80:59 Ngia Selengbe scored the Lions 10th try. (24-54)

Scorers: 

Lions: Tries: Penalty Try (2), Dameon Venter, Luke Rossouw, David McBeth, Sibusiso Sangweni, Banele Mthenjane, Ngia Selengbe. Conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (3), Jordan Hendrikse (2)

Easter Province: Try: Christopher Hollis, Robin Stevens, Zingisa April, Courtney Winnaar. Conversion: Karlo Aspelling (2)

Eastern Province: 15 Courtney Winnaar (captain), 14 Qeutyne Oerson, 13 Athi Mayinje, 12 Sherwin Slater, 11 Christopher Hollis, 10 Karlo Aspeling, 9 Josh Allderman, 8 Zingisa April, 7 Anele Lungisa, 6 CJ Velleman, 5 Arnold Kleyn, 4 Athenkosi Khetani, 3 Emile Klaassen, 2 Sithembiso Befile, 1 Siya Nzuzo. Replacements: 16 Robin Stevens, 17 Lyle Lombard, 18 Lupumlo Mgcuca, 19 Mncedisi Dlwengu, 20 Bevin Prinsloo, 21 Diego Williams, 22 Wian van der Sandt, 23 Riaan Arends.

Lions: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Prince Nkabinde, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 James Mollentze, 11 Ngia Selengbe, 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ruhan Straeuli, 7 Sibusiso Sangweni, 6 Mark Snyman, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (captain), 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Dameon Venter, 1 Nathan McBeth. Replacements (from): 16 Morné Brandon, 17 Banele Mthenjane, 18 Asenathi Nthlabakanye, 19 Mandisi Mtiyane, 20 Izan Esterhuizen, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Jordan Hendrikse, 23 Luke Rossouw, 24 Sibusiso Shongwe, 25 Jarod Cairns.