The Lions came out on top to the tune of 26-9 in their compulsory friendly rugby match against the Eastern Cape XV at the EPRU Stadium on Friday night after leading 12-6 at half time.
Report courtesy Superrugby.
However, the Lions failed to impress and they will have to lift their game considerably when they take on the Blue Bulls in their opening Absa Currie Cup match next weekend.
The Lions scored tries through winger Louis Ludick and lock Gerhard Mostert with Earl Rose succeeding in the conversions.
Eastern Cape fullback Ryan Brown replied with two penalties in the first half.
The Lions were expected to raise their game in the second half and run out easy winners. But it was not to be. The home side more than held their own in all departments of the game and gave the visitors an uphill battle until the bitter end.
Lions replacement flank Koch crossed for a try from a five-metre scrum with Rose converting and then Ryno Benjamin went over for his team’s fourth and final try which Rose again converted.
The home side responded with another penalty by Brown.Tweet