Johannesburg - The Sharks scored three tries in the
second half, storming to a 30-14 victory over the Golden Lions in
Durban on Saturday evening.
Bagging their second straight win,
the hosts climbed to the top of the Currie Cup table as the only
unbeaten team after two rounds of the competition.
Meyer Bosman slotted over a penalty in the ninth minute, with a kick
that stayed low and just cleared the crossbar, but they gave away their
lead soon after with a penalty try.
The Lions were given five
points after a collapsed scrum in the 16th minute and flyhalf Butch
James converted to give the visitors a 7-3 advantage which they held
till shortly before the break.
Bosman added another three points
from a penalty after 33 minutes but he missed an opportunity in the
dying stages of the opening period as the visitors clung to a 7-6
half-time lead. Fighting back, the Sharks edged ahead again five
minutes after the players returned to the field, with Bosman knocking
over his third penalty kick.
Wing S'bura Sithole heaped further
pressure on the visiting side when he dived over on the left for the
first actual try of the match with half an hour left.
cemented the lead seven minutes later when Jean Deysel popped the ball
over to the side's other wing, Odwa Ndungane, who fumbled it slightly
but maintained control to get the ball over the try-line.
Bosman added further points from both tries and the Sharks strengthened their grip on the game.
Lions, losing momentum, fought to stay in the match and drove over with
flank Cobus Grobbelaar touching down, and while James converted, the
home side struck back immediately.
Deysel barged over two minutes
later and Bosman added another conversion as the Sharks maintained
their 16-point margin, which they held for 15 minutes, keeping the Lions
at bay until the final whistle.
15 Louis Ludik, 14
Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 S'bura Sithole, 10
Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes, 7 Jean Deysel (captain),
6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn
Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Substitutes: 16 Monde
Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20
Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.
Golden Lions: 15
Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray,
11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren
Whiteley, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4
Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van
Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 CJ van
der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Guy
Cronje, 22 Ruan Combrinck.