Lions edge Sharks in thriller

2012-09-22 20:59

Johannesburg - Defending champions the Golden Lions opened a three-point lead at the top of the Currie Cup table with a hard-fought victory over the Sharks at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday evening.

The men from Johannesburg overturned a 6-16 half-time deficit to win 28-22.

Neither side managed to wrest control of the match in the early stages, with Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Sharks centre Meyer Bosman trading penalty kicks before the visitors broke the deadlock shortly after the half-hour mark.

Winger Odwa Ndungane went over for the first try of the match in the 33rd minute after a break on the left wing from Lwazi Mvovo and a charge down the centre of the field by captain Keegan Daniel.

Bosman's conversion attempt, which deflected off both posts, did not go over but the Sharks took an 11-6 lead.

And the visitors broke further clear after the first-half hooter sounded when scrumhalf Cobus Reinach snatched the ball from the back of a scrum and ran 20m to score.

Bosman again missed the conversion, but the Sharks held the advantage, going into the break ten points clear.

Jantjies, who scored all the Lions' points in the first hour of the match, kept the home side in the game with three more penalties as they narrowed the gap to just one point with a little less than 30 minutes left.

Bosman added six more points for the Sharks as they kept their noses in front, and Jantjies banged over one more as the Lions held on.

The hosts eventually snatched the lead with 11 minutes left when fullback Andries Coetzee stole away after a stunning chip kick and offloaded to winger Ruan Combrinck who dived over on the left.

Daniel argued that replacement flanker Ruan Kriel had knocked the ball on before the try was scored, but the match officials awarded the Lions five points.

Three minutes later Kriel scored their second try as they stormed clear to a six-point lead, which they held till the full-time whistle.

The Sharks, who picked up a bonus point, were left lying second in the standings with three rounds left in the competition.


Golden Lions:

Tries: Ruan Combrinck and Jaco Kriel.

Penalties: Elton Jantjies (6)


Tries: Odwa Ndungane and Cobus Reinach.

Penalties: Meyer Bosman (4)


Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Dylan des Fountain


15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 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 Brynard Stander, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 Sbura Sithole


  • TravieGrif - 2012-09-22 21:02

    Well done to the Lions. Great win for you. Elton seems to be a bit arrogant. Some shocking decisions by both ref and TMO but great game to watch.

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-22 21:07

      Lions !!!!!!!

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-22 21:11

      Travie sharks nr.9 is a great young talent, don't hate on elton though.

      liesure.larry - 2012-09-22 21:19

      Die Leeu het gebrul....

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-22 21:33

      Yeah Spear, he is a talent, but this thing of taking an age at the base of the rucks...killing me. It is so poor.

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-09-22 21:49

      SA rugby Trav

      lesbeen - 2012-09-22 23:24

      I have met Elton a couple of times and he is actually quite a shy and humble guy. He is a devout Christian boy and not arrogant at all... Think the pressure of the game and the bad ref decisions got to him tonight?

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:08

      Trav the Sharks were pretty dominant in that game until McLeod got on the field. We should have scored 3 tries within the first 15 minutes. You cannot get to a meter of the tryline and then come away without points. If you look at territory and possession it is hard to believe we lost that game.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-23 09:22

      Alfred, I agree with you totally. Sharks seems to get over excited and lose patience. About three tries went begging within a metre of the line, which just means they were not clinical in finishing, which is something the youngsters will learn. How well did Keegan play!!!! I also like the guy who replaced Deysel. Seemed to get a bit of go-forward. I am looking forward to Jordaan and Whitehead forming the centre partnership. Maybe we can try Meyer Bosman at 10. Viljoen has done nothing wrong but those two I think could be deadly as a centre pair. Ludik also had a big game. He is tops under the high ball, and has pace to burn. Plenty of line breaks. For the Lions, what a brilliant call to bring Butch on in place of Jantjies. I think he saved the game for the Lions. Good for him.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 11:48

      Trav, like so many players Ludik has improved emensely under the Sharks. When he played for the Lions he was mediocre at best. Keegan seems to have a fire in his belly and is playing like a man possessed. I have stated over and over that mobility is just as important as size in a loosie and he proves me right every single week. I said keep an eye on Cobus Reinach after his first appearance when a certain try was disallowed because of a bad decision. If you look at Odwas try you will see that Cobus looks left and right BEFORE getting to the ruck so that he did not have to make a decision when he got there.Result. Quick feed. Try. Also noteworthy that this try, one of the tries of the season in my book, was made partly by KD and LM, not good enough to be bokke?

  • KLSmith51 - 2012-09-22 21:05

    What is this, Ackerman is a damn good coach!!!!!

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-09-22 21:06

    The ref was bad against both teams. Makes the game a lottery when the official is dodgy. Well done Lions, unlucky for the Sharks.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:17

      You will notice that all the dodge calls came from the same AR and all the "trangressions" from the Sharks happened on the same side of the field. Taute made a head high tackle on Jordaan and then lay on top of him preventing the ball coming out - penalty Lions? Also about a 2 meter forward pass ignored - same AR. I don't think the ref himself made any bad calls but the AR and TMO were shocking. The fact remains the Sharks must have left anywhere between 4 and 6 tries out on the field. They need to finish off when they get themselves into try scoring positions.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-09-24 17:43

      Sean Veldsman.... Nuff said bra

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-25 07:08

      Alfred, you can't call a penalty advantage and then call it over without any advantage being scored by that team. That was poor reffing. He should also have seen that forward pass. Anyway, well done to the Lions.

  • juan.d.olivier - 2012-09-22 21:09

    Sharks were their own worst enemy! Missed kicks at goal, bad passing, forwards back peddling! Congrats lions. Sharks lost it more than the lions won it

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-09-22 21:14

    good news :) :)

  • tom.robbins - 2012-09-22 21:14

    Suck on that Saru.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:25

      Why? Because they just managed to beat team that is depleted by national duty on their home ground with clearly biased officials. Please have a look at the stats for that game, the Sharks visited the Lions 5m line more than 6 times in that game whilst the Lions won from one break away try against the run of play and one try awarded courtesy of Hellen Keller the TMO.

  • ndabenhle.g.ngcobo - 2012-09-22 21:15

    Serves the Sharks right for missing so many chances. I'm livid.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-22 21:20

    Die chockers van eerste tot derde............chocke het begin

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-22 21:22

    Kimberly and Johannesburg to the Sharks is as green cryptonite is to superman.

  • rooster.crow.7 - 2012-09-22 21:32

    SARU must squirming in their seats, Two reasons I want them to win the CC. 1) I am a fan. 2) To make SARU jump around like a cat on a hot tin roof as wel as those unions who voted in favour of the Kings.

  • nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-09-22 21:34

    This time no ref to help the Sharks like last week against Province ;-)

      malcolm.molver - 2012-09-22 21:37

      Another idiot WP supporter who condones punching! Watch the game again. Lions first try should never have been allowed! But idiot Cape refs decided to play Dumb and Dumber. Must be the tik....

      nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-09-22 21:43

      Malcolm I think you are the idiot ;-)

      malcolm.molver - 2012-09-22 21:48

      Blind loyalty hey? Remove the blue and white blinkers!

      lesbeen - 2012-09-22 23:15

      @malcolm... Blame the ref much?

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-22 23:39

      Dude, Province did not deserve to win last week. It was not the fault of the ref that they we boxing. This week the Lions played really well, but there is no doubt that they got some shocking calls by both ref and TMO. Good luck to them for taking their chances.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:27

      Even before the cards the Sharks were ahead in that game. They dominated from start to finish. If the WP choose to "win the fight" instead then that is their own immaturity.

  • Lorentzo9 - 2012-09-22 21:37

    Love or hate you can not debate the Lions are in it to win it. Heir kom die Leeus!!!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-09-22 21:39

      If the refs are for them, then who can be against them?!

  • Vickers - 2012-09-22 21:43

    Just loved it. Watson and cronies must be choking in whatever they are drinking.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-09-22 22:14

      They did draw with the Puma's last night though! :-)

      lesbeen - 2012-09-22 23:12

      [Sarcasm font] Wow... A draw at home against the Pumas? Now that's impressive... Goes to show why they took the Lions' place in super rugby?

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-09-22 23:29

      :-) exactly lesbeen! As Sport24 puts it "Comeback Kings snatch draw"!!! It's a complete farce,and the Lions are making them stupid every weekend! To top it off there seem to be more fans at Ellis park than at any of the other games, as well. I love it, come on Lions!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:31

      The Lions have not been relegated from s15. They are quite a good team when they play against teams wihout their Springboks. Lets see how they do without Jantjies & Taute. Please note that Lions lost to Grikwas at home. Grikwas are hard to beat in Kimberly but don't usually win away.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-09-23 22:07

      hey Vicky ( from now on, thats the name you should use), you seem to know only rugby played by Liones hey, CC is an upgraded version of Vodacom Cup, just gimme the stats of Lions in Super Rugby (where real rugby is played with real rugby players) for the last five years

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-22 22:07

    Well done LIONS!!! We needed this win for some breathing space and to make sure that we have playoffs on the park!! Sharks played well though, was a very close game, and very good to watch! GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB!!!

  • franz.prade.9 - 2012-09-22 22:48

    Lions Under 19 win, under 21 win, seniors win. GRAND SLAM. Well done Boytjies !

  • jg.tait - 2012-09-22 22:51

    I have never in my life seen such a poor ref decision making game in my life as tonight. The ref knowlingly, or in-knowlingly caused one to almost believe that the lions team had 16 players. Im convinced tonight more than ever, that the lions team will never win the cup unless the same ref can be negotiated for a final. I have seen forward passes tonight ending up in tries at crucial times in the game, and even upon replay after, cant believe that this can be accepted in prof rugby. I dont blame the lions team, and have never in my life blamed the ref for a game, but really, this was ridiculous. Look the lions will not make the final regardless, and upon return of the boks to other teams, but I have never ever seen such rubish calls, and in the end, the lions will wonder why, but its not them, its the ref that would have cause more believe than worth.....

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-09-22 23:04

      The try by the Sharks just before half time was also dubious. If the scrum didn't go through the 90 degrees, then I'm not sure what 90 degrees is. The scrumhalf picked up the ball where the Lions #8 stood when the scrum was called. He (the ref) was poor, but both teams got the benefit at some point. Not sure how you get that the Lions won't make the final? I've heard these words before, when was it? Oh yes last year when we made the playoffs! Then when we made the final! This is a team with a point to prove. The final could be their last game together, it may drive them to play way above themselves. Without pouring salt into any wound, this is now three wins in a row for the Lions over the Sharks...

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-09-22 23:13

      What about the previous 2 wins against the Sharks and one of them final with all the Sharks Springboks playing Were the wins also ref's fault ? See you in the final.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-09-22 23:15

      The ref, linesmen and TMO were pisspoorallways.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:34

      Sean why is it that the Lions only win at home? Last year they were hammered by the Sharks at Kings Park and they lost this year as well. Last time the Sharks played away to the Lions there were also dodge TMO calls. Seems like a pattern to me. All the usual suspects.

  • margie.swanepoel - 2012-09-22 23:14

    Congratulations boys. You showed maturity and strength of character to come back like you did. Thank you for a wonderful evening at Ellis Park!

  • kaapse.skollie.7 - 2012-09-23 02:37

    Awesome Lions! Playing like champs. Now why can't you do it in the S15? Sorry, you can't end up bottom of the log every season. If it was a league, Lions would have been relegated long ago.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 09:35

      Why? Because then they have to play full strength teams.

      bezvalley - 2012-09-23 11:05

      Because the Lions are so hopeless when the Boks are playing S15, they are out of their depth. When Boks are called up for national duty, and Lions have few if no call-ups. They can then use their S15 squad against other teams Vodacom Cup squads in the CC. That's why they top of the CC tree, and will most likely win it again this year.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 13:05

      Blueraven those Boks got off the plane back from the RWC less than a week before. They looked positively jaded in that game. A better indication would have been the game just 2 weeks before when the Sharks beat the Lions 53 - 9 at home (with no Springboks). If the Lions are such a good team then please explain why they do so badly in the S15 competition and why so few of their players are selected for national duty?

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-25 14:30

      Blue, Plum misjudged the condition of the returning boks. Does this make the Lions a good team? You still haven't explained why so few Lions players are picked as Springboks. They also finish near the bottom of the S15 log year after year. If the Lions do badly in one competition and well in another then logically one must look at the differnce between the two competitions. The obvious one being the absence of Springboks. Look at it another way. If you took the top 8 players out of the Lions team would they beat any other team in SA?

  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-23 07:32

    Lol sharks got robbed rugby a fake

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  • jm.palmer.39 - 2012-09-23 09:43

    It was a rugby game displayed by disciplined professional teams, well done,it make me wonder why aren’t there more of both sides in the Bok team.I want to see the RULE of UNIFORMITY to apply in all games by the Ref but must ad that they have very POOR TIMES on the field as the referee, assis by his 2 Linesman & lastly the poorly sighted TMO The Lions sneaked past the Sharks but remember the SHARKS were denied proper JUSTICE cause if Mr JC FORTUIN would be honest & look twice at that re-play he will clearly see it was a Knock-on.How did he make such a poor or fatal mistake? With 4 pair of eyes on the players & ball the 4 adjudicator are still blind & should be heavily penalized - the losing team was robbed from being the Winning team Look at the consequences please - this was a total poor performance by the 4 Refs. Yuk to them & may they be kept out of rugby if this is their Professional contribution. There was some controversy over the try as the Sharks believed that Kriel had knocked the ball on in the build-up to the try but the TMO could find no clear evidence to support this and the try was awarded. Ja,we are blind rugby Fans-we heard, but did not see it, it was ‘inconclusive” Man of the match-JANTJIES.PLEASE - Come on guys-Keegan outplayed Jantjies by far. Is it always a player from a winning team who need to be chosen as Man of the MATCH I say YUK to those guys who chose him cause they only focused on Jantjies & not Keegan,or maybe it was a matter of QUOTA

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 12:10

      I think the word that Keegan used was "blatant". It is as close as a player can get to calling the TMO a cheat without actually doing so.

      lesbeen - 2012-09-23 14:53

      The ball did bounce forward... But there was no clear evidence that he indeed touched the ball... Stop bitching like school girls, 50/50 calls can't always go the Sharks way... And even without that 5 pointer, we would still have won by a point... Move on and act like men, not little bitches?

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 21:34

      The whole idea of having a TMO is to reduce conjecture not throw more into the game. If you can't see that was a knock on then you need your eyes tested.

  • jm.palmer.39 - 2012-09-23 09:45

    The 4 referees & assistants must be sited for POOR PERFORMANCE & DESCICIONS ...........................They give rugby a BAD NAME

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 11:41

      Don't dispair jm, the Sharks have won all their home games and they only have one away game left.

  • bezvalley - 2012-09-23 11:00

    Such a great achievement by Lions. Finish last in S15, relegated, and now top of CC log beating the big teams who are without their best players who are on Bok duty. Lions will most likely win the CC again this year. What a joke of a competition.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-23 11:09

    1, Well done Lions, this gives the middle finger to SARU, and a wake up call to the EP Kings. Crush the Drizzle Rain next week. 2. Well done ref and assistants for a poor performance, shocking and shocking again. Knock-on inconclusive? Really? Forward passes just as inconclusive. 3. Plum, this is the second time McLeod has given away a try in the first 5min of his playtime. Please address this. Keep a leash on Chadwick. 4. McLeod wtf. A solid performance during the S15, CC pathetic. Match fixing? Between you an Chadwick you can f*up a cup of coffee. 5. Keegan Captain my Captain. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-23 11:58

      Nice commentary Robbie Kempston. While the knock on is being reviewed you state that you think it looks like a knock on and then afterwards you say how shocked you are that they even went back and reviewed it and that it was a waste of time.. With consistency like that you should become a CC referee.

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-09-24 07:14

      @neuman...the Lions beat the Sharks with all there springboks in the CC finals last year ``convincingly`` so your previous arguments have no merit. Bad luck to the Sharks, but the lions edged them on Saterday......take it easy gracios loser you.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-25 14:19

      Does it makes sense to you that a team that loses 53-9 against a team without its Spingboks then beats the same team convincingly two weeks later with Springboks included? Plum made the mistake of including RWC weary boks in his side. This mistake does not make the Lions a good team it makes Plum a poor judge of the condition of his players. I am not making excuses for the Sharks, I am saying that if you want to judge the Lions as a team then you have to mark their average performance against FULLY fledged teams (ie Super rugby performances) The CC is the levelling ground for teams because each team is weakened by national duty in proportion to their skill base. So do you think if Griqwas were in the S15 competition they would find themselves ahead of the Bulls on the log?

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-09-23 11:20

    What say the sardientjies vanoggend??

  • nkambazyofaninikuphelidakwa.chiliza - 2012-09-23 11:45

    refree won the match for lions poor dicisions. En poor kicking by meyer bosman but wil be back en win this curry cup trophy

  • wanderering.wanderer - 2012-09-23 17:01

    Now Lets look at the really inexperienced team that the LIONS played against in this game; 15 Louis Ludik, S15 14 Odwa Ndungane, Springbok and S15 13 Tim Whitehead, S15 12 Meyer Bosman, Springbok and S15 11 Lwazi Mvovo, Springbok and S15 10 Riaan Viljoen, Springbok and S15 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), Springbok and S15 7 Jean Deysel, Springbok and S15 6 Jacques Botes, S15 5 Anton Bresler, S15 4 Steven Sykes, S15 3 Wiehahn Herbst, S15 2 Craig Burden, Springbok and S15 1 Dale Chadwick S15 16 Monde Hadebe, S15 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, S15 9 Brynard Stander, 20 Charl McLeod, Springbok and S15 21 Paul Jordaan, S15and 7's Springbok 22 Sbura Sithole I count 18 players with S15 experience and 9 players with National colours, all the so called supporters of the SHARKS that say this is a depleted side do not know their rugby. The LIONS lost 17 of their starting line up for the S15 comp and started getting the players back recently, the S15 would have been so different had the players been there. Stop moaning about the refs, the try by Cobus should have been disallowed as the srum had gone through 90 and Chadwick and the piss poor Burden stood up and Walked the scrum side ways, result should have been a penalty for the LIONS. The only reason poor Keegan threw a tantrum is because the LIONS showed maturity and did not react and showed their discipline, he was disappointed that the LIONS did not get any cards. LIONS4LIFE.

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-09-24 10:02

    lekke bananaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas julle het mooi ge chokeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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