The Golden Lions were in a devastating mood during the opening day of the SA Rugby u19 Championship's opening day at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Lions smashed the Pumas to pieces by 111-5, after already putting the result beyond doubt by leading half-time by 73-0.
Outside centre and former SA Schools' captain, Muzi Manyike, completed a hat-trick of tries as the Lions ran in 17 tries in only 60 minutes during the massacre. Replacement Neil Hoffman scored a brace of tries and also converted two tries after making his appearance.
Flyhalf, Regardt Roets, scored a try and converted nine of the Golden Lions' tries for a personal tally of 23 points. The Pumas' tighthead prop, Braam de Villiers, managed to safe some face by crossing the tryline for a consolation try.
The Golden Lions will face the Leopards on Wednesday in their second match after the Leopards managed an upset against the Free State in their opening match on Monday.
The Leopards defeated the Free State by 34-29 thanks to a powerful performance by eighthman, Mark Etzebeth. The two teams were deadlocked at 12-all by the half-time break. Etzebeth scored two of his team's five tries.
The Free State's winger Siyanda Cele also completed a brace of tries.
The Blue Bulls also proved too strong for the Valke walking from the pitch with a 80-10 victory over the Valke. Outside centre, Dawid Kellerman, and winger Kabelo Mokoena both scored a hat-trick of tries for the victors.
Golden Lions 111 (73) - Tries: Muzi Manyike (3), Neil Hoffman (2), Morné Brandon, Adrian Alberts, Tristan Dullisear, Sibusiso Sangweni, Khaya Ncusane, Regardt Roets, Noegh Hayward, Wyclef Vlitoor, Shaun Baxter, Renaldo Kuppen, Eckhard Boshoff, Runaldo Pedro. Conversions: Roets (9), Hoffman (4). Pumas 5 (0) - Try: Braam de Villiers.
Blue Bulls 80 (38) - Tries: Dawid Kellerman (3), Kabelo Mokoena (3), Janco Uys, Werner Gouws, Hendrik du Toit, Conner Mahoney, Eddie Swart, Penalty Try. Conversions: Lionel April (7), Ruben Liebenberg (2). Valke 10 (3) - Try: Penalty Try. Penalty: PJ de Beer.
Leopards 34 (12) - Tries: Mark Etzebeth (2), Gerald Pulane, Aphelele Madaka, Jandré de Beer, Siyabonga Khoza. Conversions: Renier Stander, Zinedine Robinson. Free State 29 (12) - Tries: Siyanda Cele (2), Cohen Jasper (2), Franco Smith. Conversions: Jan Strydom (2).