The Sharks made the Lions worked up and till the last second of the match for the win as they beat them on Saturday 26-19.
At the end it was the brilliant defence from the Lions that gave them the win with some brilliant tries that also came their way.
The Lions dominate the scrums which laid the platform for this win and the Sharks will have to work hard if they want to improve in this aspects
Lions looked pretty good at the start, but it was the Sharks that did most of the play putting pressure on the Lions.
The Sharks were playing with a bit of more confidence and it showed with them scoring a great try when they got into Lions twenty-two.
The man over was Robert Du Preez who ran over Jantjies to get his first try in a Sharks jumper. This gave the Sharks a 7-0 lead.
It was the power of the Lions pack that gave them a penalty and a change to setup the maul. With a strong run from Marx the ball came out to the backline and Mapoe straight through the gab and over for the Lions first try.
This made the scores level at 7 all after 18 min in the first half.
What happened next was just brilliant from Hacjivah Dayimani who got the ball from Whiteley with all to do, he showed of his speed and then kick a grabber to pick up and score the Lions second try.
This gave the Lions a 14-7 lead after 18 minutes.
The Sharks had one more opportunity at the end of the half but were again murdered in the scrum by the Lions and had to go into halftime behind 14-7.
The Sharks came out in the second half with some purpose and it took them not long to get Nkosi over in the corner for the first try of the second half.
This made the Lions lead only 14-12 after Du Preez missed the conversion.
The Lions never really lost the control of the game and where quickly restoring their lead with a third try through Mapoe.
This gave them a 21-12 lead with the Sharks having to do all to get back in the game. The Sharks responded well with a try of their own through Mapimpi and the lead was reduced to 21-19.
The Lions just stepped up a gear and got Kwagga Smith over for their forth try and extend the lead again to 26-19.
The Sharks gave it their all in the last 5 minutes with plenty of opportunities to get over for a score but brilliant defence from the Lions kept them out up and till the end.
The experience within the Lions side showed and they were deserved winners of the match.
- Tries – Kwagga Smith(59′) Lionel Mapoe(52′) Aphiwe Dyantyi(22′) Lionel Mapoe(17′)
- Penalties – None
- Cons – Elton Jantjies(53′) Elton Jantjies(24′) Elton Jantjies(18′)
- Tries – Makazole Mapimpi(55′) Sibusiso Nkosi(42′) Robert du Preez(8′)
- Penalties – None
- Cons – Robert du Preez(56′) Robert du Preez(9′)
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