Durban - The Sharks have picked up their first win of the Currie Cup season, narrowly defeating the Golden Lions 33-25 at Kings Park in Durban.
Debutant SP Marais scored a try with six minutes remaining to settle a
tight Currie Cup contest as the Sharks held on for victory.
back, who signed from the Southern Kings earlier this month, added to
tries by Brynard Stander and centre Heimar Williams.
visitors, who remain winless in the competition, also scored three tries
thanks to a brace from Anthony Volmink and a Jaco Kriel effort.
was a the first victory for the new Sharks coaching staff of Brendan
Venter, the director of rugby, Brad Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt.
At the start, Elton Jantjies kicked over the first points when Louis Ludik and Lubabalo Mtembu were called for off-side.
The hosts had a chance to hit straight back when Kriel failed to roll away and James was on target from right in front.
game burst into life in the 11th minute when James’ kick-ahead was
gathered by Marnitz Boshoff almost on his try-line, with the fullback
offloading to Volmink, who ran almost the length of the field for his
Again the Sharks came straight back and James doubled their tally when Dylan des Fountain was punished for holding on.
the home side were punished again inside the opening quarter as winger
Volmink intercepted a pass from debutant Williams close to the halfway
line to score under the post.
The tide turned when a clever pick
up and drive by Stander at the base of the ruck handed the Sharks their
first try after 22 minutes as they stayed in touch.
And they took
the lead just after the half-hour when the Lions made a hash of a
line-out on their goal-line and the recycled ball eventually fell for
centre Williams to score.
Three minutes before the break, the
coastal side were reduced to 14 men after a yellow card to Odwa Ndungane
for a high tackle, although his team held on to their slender
three-point lead at the interval.
Johann Ackermann’s side claimed
their third try eight minutes after the break when Kriel collected from
Deon Helberg and expertly chipped and collected over Lwazi Mvovo to run
in on the right.
James added another penalty, this time when Ruan Dreyer was called for obstruction, as the lead changed hands once again.
was denied a fourth Lions try just after the hour after the television
official Deon van Blommestein ruled that CJ van de Linde was in an
obstructing position -- the Sharks lead staying at just one point at
Jantjies and replacement Sharks flyhalf Fred Zeilinga
exchanged further penalties, before Marais intercepted on the right and
ran in under the post to seal the win.
Tries: Stander, Williams, Marais
Con: James 2, Zeilinga
Pen: James 3, Zeilinga
Tries: Volmink 2, Kriel
Con: Jantjies 2
Pen: Jantjies 2
15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 SP Marais, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder
15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Robert De Bruin, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Crysander Botha.