Newly signed coach John Mitchell has reason to smile this morning after his charges outgunned Western Province at Coca Cola Park on Friday night.
Left wing Michael Killian together with another flawless display from flyhalf Elton Jantjies secured the Lions their fourth straight victory in the Currie Cup as they defeated the much fancied Western Province 46-28.
Right wing JJ Engelbrecht weighed in with a try in the corner but De Waal hit the right hand upright with his conversion attempt.
Duane Vermeulen dotted down as well after a good break by Dewaldt Duvenhage , De Waal was on the mark this time and Province raced to a 21-10 lead.
Jantjies, true to form, kept the Lions in the hunt with penalty kicks and at the half time break the Lions were trailing by 2. Whitehead had to leave the field due to injury and his replacement, new Sharks signing Conrad Hoffmann went over on the left wing. De Waal again converted to stretch the gap to 19-28. Jantjies, not to be outdone kept the Lions within striking distance with two more penalties. Killian then scored after Lions eighth man Warren Whiteley chipped ahead and suddenly the Lions were in the lead.
Killian showed his pace again with an eighty meter sprint down the left wing from their own tryline before Derick Minnie dotted down. Jantjies converted both tries and suddenly the Lions had an 11 point margin. Jantjies later sealed the match up when he went over close to the uprights in the 76th minute.
While it might be a bit premature to speculate it really looks as if the Lions might`ve turned the corner. Province must be trying to figure out where their wheels came off. They have now suffered three losses in a row.