SR: Lions 12, Cell C Sharks 25


imagesIt should be a great finish to an exciting weekend of Super Rugby drama.

The table-topping Sharks are somewhat apprehensive ahead of their trip to the Highveld and with good reason.

They are going up against a team with the ability to punish any mistakes, especially through the boot of flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff – who has an astonishing 92 percent strike rate with the boot.

Add to that the fact that the Sharks’ only match outside Durban this season resulted in their one loss of the season – a 19-23 defeat to the Bulls. The only question is how much to read into the Lions’ loss at home to a depleted Crusaders outfit last week?

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White feels it was a one-off mishap for the men from Johannesburg.

“Yes, they’ll be disappointed because they have been going along well, but to lose to the Crusaders is not doom or gloom for anybody,” White said, adding that the Sharks are in for a typical South African derby.

“The Lions’ forward pack has been outstanding,” the Sharks boss said.

“I think Johan Ackermann has done a fantastic job. Their front row was supposedly young players who’ve come along and staked a claim. That’s just three players in a whole team, but it epitomises everybody in that group – no-namers who have really stuck their hands up and played above themselves.”


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Alwyn Hollenbach.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Paul Jordaan, 23 SP Marais.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Marius Jonker

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. The C Cells started off thrashing.
    Planned Rope-A-Dope by Johann Ackermann pre-game to get the CC’s to punch themselves out & be downed by a straight right ala Ali at the Foreman bout in Zaire?

    Unlikely but I’d advise he use it in post-game press conference he’d become a journo fave with that one

  2. Bunny – It’s halftime. In your heart of hearts….
    Who do you feel will pull this one out?
    I say LIONS but that’s not really fair because I’m pulling for them

  3. @Americano: the game was closer than many would say, one mistake by Lions gave the Sharks the try from Mvovo and that was the game. It could have gone the otherway….

    Lions is playing good rugga at the moment and next week they will smash the Stormers at Newlands….

    I will be shouting for them next week as for any team who play against the Stormers!

    I think that willbe the only way we will get AC and co to leave WP and Stormers and thenonly we willhave a future in the cape side again

  4. It was closer. It is very difficulet to get ANYTHING past the all knowing magician that is Jake White & even in loss I think Lions showed grit though they still…lost.

    Cheetahs would have probably gotten planked by 25 in the same scenario.

    Will Lions be able to recapture the “Cheetah-Fever” from 2013?
    I dunno. Feel bad for Van Rensberg with that knee. Difficult to watch.

  5. I’m still not convinced about the man-power of the Sharks… IMO it’s the current deviousness of that wiley cat JW that has made the difference straight off the bat…

    And on that same note… Johan Ackerman and his team need some serious kudos… on the same vein as Foley and his RSA crew at the Force…

  6. From reports its seems the Sharks have taken over from the Stormers as the new ‘ja well no fine’ team that wins games without really creating a buzz.

    But enough critique from me – in typical Jake fashion they seem to be 23 okes working as a team and getting the results, which for now is enough.