JOHANNESBURG – The Lions may have been out-scored four-tires-to-three, but captain Ross Cronje felt his side produced old-style Lions rugby in their narrow 30-28 Currie Cup win against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.
Exciting young fullback Tyrone Green scored what turned out to be the winning try in the 72nd minute after a solo run of 60 metres, to go with earlier tries by Ruben Schoeman and Pieter Jansen. Flyhalf Shaun Reynolds kicked superbly to convert all three tries and also three penalties to help the men from Joburg get across the line.
The Lions over-turned an 11-point deficit at one stage to register their second straight win, following their bye last week and their round one win against the Pumas, also a close one, 38-37 in favour of Ivan van Rooyen’s team.
Scrumhalf and captain Cronje said the Lions were again playing the kind of rugby that had brought them so much success in the last few years.
“It was a tough game, very physical. But, the guys also threw the ball around a bit, so there was also that flair element in an entertaining game.
“I feel we played the old type of Lions rugby, which was nice.”