• Lions dominate in Potch

    The Lions ran out comprehensive victors in their two warm-up matches in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

    The matches were split between a Lions team and a Lions XV, with each team facing Pukke for the first half and the Leopards in the second.

    Lions coach Johan Ackermann would've been pleased with his teams' defence on the day, as both kept the hosts scoreless over 160 minutes of rugby.

    In the first match a strong Lions team opened up a 26-0 lead at half-time against Pukke, before two Marnitz Boshoff penalties closed out the match against the Leopards.

    The Lions XV fared slightly better in the second match against the tiring hosts, grabbing two tries against Pukke, before running in four tries in the second half to secure a comfortable 45-0 victory.

    Lions – Tries: Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan, Warren Whiteley, Derick Minnie. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (2).

    Lions XV – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Damian Engledoe, Kobus de Kock, TBC (3). Conversions: Jaco van der Walt, Reynolds (2). Penalties: Van der Walt (3).

    Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Derrick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
    Subs: Mark Pretorius, Corne Fourie, Pieter Scholtz, Robert Kruger, Ruan Ackermann, Thabo Mabuza, Victor Sekekete, Francois de Klerk, Shaun Reynolds, Harold Vorster, Gerdus van der Walt, Cameron Rooi.

    Lions XV – 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Mark Richards, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Luan Jacobs, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Stephan de Wit, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Schalk van Heerden, 3 Julian Redelinghuys (c), 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
    Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Clinton Theron, 18 Dylan Smith, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 JP du Preez, 21 Cyle Brink, 22 Fabian Booysen, 23 Ricky Schroeder, 24 Kobus de Kock, 25 Alwyn Hollenbach, 26 Jacques Nel, 27 Damian Engledou.

    NWU-Pukke – 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Dalen Goliath, 13 Cooper Smit, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Dean Stokes, 10 Johnny Welthagen, 9 Dillon Smith, 8 Jeandré Rudolph (captain), 7 Loftus Morrison, 6 Rhyk Welgemoed, 5 Danie Jordaan, 4 Ruan Venter, 3 Stephanus Bezuidenhout, 2 Jacques Vermaak, 1 Joe Smith.
    Subs: Wian Fourie, Mogau Mabokela, Cayle Denner, Walt Steenkamp, PJ Uys, Molotsi Bouwer, Marno Redelinghuys, Jaco Buys, Chriswill September, Rowayne Beukman, Marnus Tack, Arthur Festus, Ernst Haarhoff, Myburgh Briers.

    Leopards – 15 Myburgh Briers, 14 Jaco Hayward, 13 Sergio Torrens, 12 Adri Jacobs, 11 Elof Scheepers, 10 Kobus du Plessis, 9 Malherbe Swart, 8 Morné Hanekom, 7 Henro-Pierre Swart, 6 Juan Language, 5 Francois Robertse, 4 Andrich Nortjé, 3 Stephanus Bezuidenhout, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Devon Marthinus.
    Subs: Not available.

    Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images