Durban - Marcell Coetzee scored a try at the death to give the Sharks a
bonus point along with their four for victory over the Lions as they
moved top of the Super Rugby table with a 37-23 scoreline at Kings Park
in Durban on Saturday night.
AS IT HAPPENED: Sharks v Lions
The hosts were full value for their
win against a plucky visiting team that pushed hard, only for the men from Johannesburg to be
outscored by four tries to two.
Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and
Odwa Ndungane were the other scorers for the coastal side, while Frans
Steyn, shifted to flyhalf at the last minute due to Patrick Lambie
falling ill, produced a masterclass in kicking with 17 points.
de Klerk and Deon van Rensburg crossed for Johan Ackermann's side in
what turned out to be mere consolation points.
The Sharks began
well from the outset with a try after only eight minutes, which came
when Warwick Tecklenburg lost the ball in attack and it was spread wide
to Lwazi Mvovo, whose grubber kick bounced kindly for Jordaan to gather
after fumbling in the air on his way over.
The Lions hit straight
back with two Marnitz Boshoff penalties - the first awarded when
Bismarck du Plessis failed to release in a tackle and the second after
Marcell Coetzee did not roll away quick enough for referee Jaco Peyper's
However, an error by Willie Wepener allowed the Sharks
to win three points straight back via a monster 40 metre Steyn kick as
they lead by four after 21 minutes.
The Johannesburg franchise
then conceded another three for not retreating 10 metres as another
clean Steyn hit, this time from the halfway line, extended the
The remarkable Sharks number 10 again showed his
excellent long-range kicking ability after the half hour when he landed a
55 metre kick when Ruan Combrinck was punished for a late tackle.
won the three points back as Reinach entered a ruck from the side, but
the home scrumhalf made amends in some style when he picked up the ball
following a won lineout and danced his way through the defence to
score on the right corner.
Ten minutes into the second half the
Sharks had a third try when an attempted Elton Jantjies chip failed to
clear Willem Alberts and the pieces were picked up by Coetzee as he
spread wide to Ndungane to score in the right corner.
did manage to pull a try back with 17 minutes to play as De Klerk picked
up at the base of a ruck and squeezed his way over.
Kankowski was subsequently sin-binned for repeated infringements during
the build-up to the try and the visitors made full use of that advantage
five minutes later when Van Rensburg latched onto Boshoff's
well-weighted kick to set up a tense finish.
There was somewhat
of an anticlimax for the Lions, though, with Corne Fourie yellow carded
after 74 minutes handing the hosts a reprieve.
The Sharks made full use of that by scoring in the last minute when Coetzee drove over following a lineout.
Tries: Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach, Odwa Ndungane, Marcell Coetzee
Conversions: Frans Steyn (4)
Penalties: Steyn (3)
Tries: Francois de Klerk, Deon van Rensburg
Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2)
Penalties: Boshoff (3).
15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 S'bura Sithole.
15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Chrysander Botha, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 MB Lusaseni, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Jacobus Jonker, 23 Coenie van Wyk