Another entertaining match in the SA Rugby reparation matches when the Lions just stole the win after the hooter with a penalty by Swanepoel.
It was raining tries and not all of them due to bad defence but rather some brilliant play and skills from both teams. The Sharks came back hard in the second half but come up short at the end 43-40.
It as a quick start from the Lions paying inside the Sharks twenty two and it took not long for Ngia Selengbe to get over the line for the first try of the match.
Jantjies missed the conversion as the Lions took the early 5-0 lead.
The Sharks hit immediately back with the speed from Fassi down the line. It was quick hands by the backs with a kick forward which Fassi out sprinted the rest to score.
The Lions broke then out of their own half after a Sharks knock on sending the ball wide to Swanepoel to run 60 meters to give the Lions the lead again, 12-7.
The Lions extended their lead yet again with a try by Vincent Tshituka from another Sharks mistake but the Sharks got one back through Kok who collected a cross-kick.
The Lions almost every time they got into the Sharks twenty two got points and this time around it was a great long pass from Jantjies to send Skosan over for another great Lions try.
The Sharks had an opportunity at the end of the half to get another try but the Lions defence was up to the task to keep them out and went into the break leading 26-14.
It was the Sharks to score the first try of the second half after Sadi was send to the bin for collapsing the maul. The Sharks took immediate advantage of the man in the bin when Richardson goes over from a rolling maul.
The Lions did not take long to respond with their own with Jan-Henning Campher taking a poor throw-in from Richardson to extend the Lions lead again.
The Sharks put a lot of pressure on the Sharks while they only had the 14-men on the park and it was again that man Richardson that went over showing his strength.
This reduce the Lions lead to only 33-28.
It was another poor decision by Sharks deep in their twenty two which saw Simelane get the cross-kick from Bosch to take the Lions lead to 40-28.
The Sharks started to build nice continuity and it was Ntuthuko Mchunu that showed his strength to power over the line. The big man was over minutes later after receiving a great pass from Richardson to show he has the pace to out sprint player as well.
This levelled up the scoreboard at 40-40 with a few minutes to go.
Both teams tried all they can and at the end it was a penalty from Swanepoel after the hooter that gave the Lions the win by 43-40.
Lions(43): Tries – Ngia Selengbe, Tiaan Swanepoel, Vincent Tshituka, Courtnall Skosan, Jan-Henning Campher, Wandisile Simelane Conversions – Elton Jantjies(3), Tiaan Swanepoel(2) Penalties – Tiaan Swanepoel
Sharks(21): Tries – Aphelele Fassi, Werner Kok, Dylan Richardson(2), Ntuthuko Mchunu(2) Conversions – Boeta Chamberlain(3), Curwin Bosch
|Mar 20, 2021||4:00 pm||English Premiership||90'|
|Cell C Sharks||6||5||0||40||Loss|