Golden Lions ravage Free State Cheetahs in one-sided Currie Cup clash

Golden Lions captain Marvin Orie scored his team's bonus-point try against the Free State Cheetahs. Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Flyhalf Shaun Reynolds scored 22 points in the Golden Lions' 47-14 victory over the Free State Cheetahs in a rather one-sided Currie Cup match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Lions demolished the struggling Cheetahs by seven tries to two to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign. The Free State side, on the other hand, are going to struggle to make the playoffs after they suffered their fourth successive defeat. They only have two points after four matches.

The Lions basically sealed their third successive bonus-point win before the half-hour mark when they raced into a 26-0 lead. Fullback Sylvian Mahuza scored twice, while Reynolds and captain Marvin Orie also dotted down.

Reynolds scored his second his second of the game shortly before the break, as the Lions took a 33-0 lead into the break.

The Cheetahs, who missed a plethora of tackles, showed a little bit more backbone on the second half, and managed to two tries via halfbacks Louis Fouche and Rudy Paige.

The Lions, though, ended the game on a high, as centre Howard Mnisi and No 8 Hacjivah Dayimani crossed the tryline to secure the win.

Point scorers:

Golden Lions - Tries: Sylvian Mahuza (2), Shaun Reynolds (2), Marvin Orie, Howard Mnisi, Hacjivah Dayimani. Conversions: Reynolds (6).

Free State Cheetahs - Tries: Louis Fouche, Rudy Paige. Conversions: Fouche (2).