Warren Whiteley and his Emirates Lions Super troopers reached new frontiers at Secunda’s Sasol Rugby club when they beat their understudies 59-12 in a mini trial match.
Secunda rolled out the red carpet for the Lions Rugby Company and Whiteley and his men didn’t dissappoint, running in nine tries after a slow start at this beautiful setting.
With the smoke and the flames of the Sasol plant in the background, the Super Rugby SupaRugby soon found their rhythm and there was no stopping them.
Whiteley played most of the 80 minutes, scored two tries and put his body on the line for his men while the flyer Slakkie Mahuza scored a hat trick with his exceptional pace and staked a claim for a starting berth in the team to face the Sharks.
Apart from Mahuza’s hat trick and Whiteley’s duo, center Harold Vorster also scored a brace with Aphiwe Dyantyi and Marnus Schoeman also dotting down.
Springbok pivot Elton Jantjies cool and calmly converted seven of the nine tries, some of them tricky shots from the side line.
Flyhalf Ashlon Davids opened the day’s scoring when he chased down a kick from Madosh Tambwe and scored a second late in the game after a beautiful pass by Krappies van der Berg.
Big Trokkie Janse van Rensburg had a run on the right wing with Ruan Combrinck always close by to give him advice in this unfamiliar position.
The other newcomer that challenged for a place in the Starting XV was the blonde Marnus Schoeman, who often turned over possession and was a menace at the breakdown.
It was a great hit out for the Super troopers and it was a fitting end to thank the hosts for the red-carpet treatment.
– Lions Rugby Co