The Sharks kept their playoff hopes alive with a late comeback against the Lions on Saturday beating them 31-24.

They had to come from behind as they scored three tries in the match.

The Lions controlled most of the match and were well away to another win over the Sharks but the last 20 minutes belong to the Durban outfit.

The Sharks are now just two points adrift of the Jaguares and in the process broke a seven-game losing streak against the Lions.

Although the Sharks scored as many tries as the Lions, it was their solid defence that won them the game.

The Lions had plenty of opportunities to ran away with this game but the defence from the Sharks was as good as we have seen this year.

At one stage the Lions were 21-11 infront and well in charge of the match but lost the lead in the last ten minutes of the game and were never able to regain it again.

The difference on the scoreboard was Robert du Preez boot as he knocked over 16 of his teams points on the night.

The Sharks were able to close down the dangerous Lions backs quickly in the second half forcing mistakes.

The Sharks were much better on attack in the late stage of the match and the Lions were unable to contain them.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the closing exhanges as Du Preez added a late penalty to seal a dramatic 31-24 victory.

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Tries: D du Preez, Esterhuizen, Mvovo
Cons: R du Preez 2
Pens: R du Preez 4

For Lions:
Tries: Combrinck, Brink, Smith
Cons: Jantjies 3
Pen: Jantjies

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  1. @bryce_in_oz:

    Dan Du Preez and Van De Walt must have made around 50 between them and neither missed a single tackle. I think Ruan Both was up there with them.

  2. These stats piss on the run at all costs brigade:

    – Lions carried the ball 145 times compared to the 86 of the Sharks
    – Sharks made 171 tackles to the Lions’ 91
    – Lions won 97 rucks compared to 47 by the Sharks
    – Lions won 12 lineouts from which attacks could be launched, Sharks won only five lineouts, losing three and only managed one steal off the Lions.

  3. Lions still win more games than sharks. Any side having to make that many more tackles, will normally be beaten. I think that s the first time lions been beaten by SA opposition (who are all defense-minded) in yonks. Sounds like it was a silly intereceot that lost this.

  4. @Craven:

    It was reminiscent of the first game Sharks played Cane’s and had them in serious trouble. But you really do want to have to put that many tackles in wek-in-and-out.

  5. Swys is a good assistant… not a head coach…
    Lions are now faltering.
    They need to advertize the coaching position.

  6. @DavidS:

    Even worse for me is that it seems a lot of the players are seeing the writing on the wall and jumping ship for overseas contracts. Very sad from a Lions standpoint.

  7. @bryce_in_oz:

    To come back to this point, I agree that you would not want to tackle like this week in and week out. But, in a playoff game during the World Cup facing someone like the ABs, this is probably the ideal gameplan to beat them.

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