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Lions forwards lay foundation for win over Sharks


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′)



Lions Lions  26  19 Sharks Sharks

Metres carried
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded



  1. Sharks by 10 @Jacques?

  2. Lets see between him and Jantjies….

    Ball Carries (Meters)- DU Preez 49 Jantjies 5
    Ball Carriers – Du Preez 5 Jantjies 1
    Kicks meters – Du Preez 573 Jantjies 182
    Line Breaks – Du Preez 1 Jantjies 0
    Tackles made – Du Preez 9 Jantjies 7
    DU Preez run over Jantjies 1 Jantjies run over Du Preez 0

  3. Janee the lions are too good. Maybe the brains was Swys who learnt from Mitchell.

    If you combine lions and sharks might have a very good side. Frontrow lions, locks sharks, backrow lions with JLDP, backline sharks behalwe RjVR.

  4. LIonsFromPta talks the truth when he says that winning breeeds the confidence to close out. That’s my only problem with upcoming pompom series. Boks got better players. Pommeranians unbeaten for long time. Must still drill them a new one.

  5. Experience versus newbies was the ultimate difference between these two sides. Having settled combos having many games together counts.

  6. @bryce_in_oz: Exactly what Rassie is trying to achieve with the Springboks now…Sharks will get better in the season if they can pick themselves up from losses like this.

    That Lions scrum is something of a beauty, there is just no other words, other teams are pissing in their pants this morning

  7. @Jacques:

    Yeah the majority of the team have not played together for 3 years and 18 straight wins against RSA teams. I agree on the Sharks… the new combos just need to gel better, they need some of their injuries back… and also give up on Mvovu at 15. He is a good experienced wing… but not rounded enough for full-back.

  8. Did not say Jantjies was not good but no reason to get on your high horse and play down Du Preez, quality player that will get much better with proper coaching than the shit he had at WP Rugby

  9. Have to agree with Jacques on this one, Robert had a good game, he was not the reason the Sharks lost. Jantjies on the other hand fulfills his required role at the Lions to perfection.

    Was quite an eye opener to see the difference in distance Robert could get out of his kicks compared to Jantjies though. Night and day. Wonder if Van Straaten’s kicking coaching at the Sharks is already having an effect on Du Preez’s kicking?

    Lions ruled the Scrums while the Sharks ruled the Lineout. Ruan Botha is the man, hopefully he can get some solid game time with the Boks this year.

    Anyway, this was the better of the two games played on Saturday by a long shot. Sharks will klap a few teams this year, to be honest, I am not looking forward to the Stormers Sharks games.

  10. the Sharks ruled the Lineout

    In the first half yes. That had everything to do with Marx’ Achilles heel, namely throw ins. It was one of the reasons the Crusaders managed to gain parity in the SR in 2017. In the second half the Lions did attain own lineout control and Kwagga’s try came off of a penalty that resulted from a Lions maul close to the Sharks’ line.

    Ruan Botha is the man

    Damn right.

    Kempton Park.

    Laerskool Edleen and Hoërskool Jeugland born in Brakpan.

    In 2012 he and Paul Willemse were part of a baby Lions team that crushed everything before them and both played for the Baby Boks.

    120kgs of solid proper hard motherfucking East Rand Thug.

    I never said Du Preez had a game…

    It is however a fucking lie to say he had a better game than Jantjes. He did not. Jantjes lead his team to victory by having players play off him. Du Preez decided to be a glory boy.

  11. @DavidS:

    Haha, take it you are a fan of Ruan? Me too.

    I really hope he can get his chance this year to show what he can do.

  12. I have been watching Ruan since his eye-opening performance in the U20RWC only to see him wasted at Mitchel`s Lions and then the Stormers (who did have some huge depth at the time. His mauling of both PSDT and Etzebeth in one game and being announced captain was the mark of his entry to senior quality test rugby. That he played second fiddle to LDJ last year was a travesty (albeit many in AC era).

    It is such a pity neither Cronje/Jantjies have not shined at test level… because their axis (on top of the quick ball they get from the entire Lions pack) is what has made the difference for the Lions the past three seasons. I still think Jantjies can have a break-out test season in the future, however I have never rated Cronje since his Sharks days but will admit he is a top notch Super player in the team he is in.

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