Jantjies's boot sinks Sharks

2011-08-27 18:53

Johannesburg - The Lions retained their status as the Absa Currie Cup’s pace setting steam by securing a 28-19 victory over the Sharks at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Another magnificent performance by flyhalf Elton Jantjies, who contributed 23 of his team’s points with the boot, left the Sharks dumbstruck.

The young pivot not only kicked well from hand, he also ran outstanding lines on attack and was no slouch in defence either.

Although the match started at a frantic pace, both sides were guilty of making too many unforced errors with the Sharks coming of worse because of ill-discipline at the tackle area.

That gave Jantjies the opportunity to give his side a 6-0 lead through two quick penalty conversions.

The Sharks were, however, not misled by the scoreboard and were quick to get back inside Lions territory.

The coastal side’s dominance at the scrums earned them their first points though flyhalf Frederic Michalak, who kicked two penalties to level matters at 6-all.

That specific set phase continued to be an area of concern for the Johannesburg squad for most of the match.

The first try came in the 20th minute when centre Lionel Mapoe finished off a passage of play during which Jantjies’s brilliance was the main thing separating the two sides.

The pivot not only delivered a pin point kick-off that ensured his side regained possession, he also cut through the Sharks backline with the greatest of ease.

One of the highlights of the first half involved Lions prop Patric Cilliers who made a thumping tackle on the Sharks’ Louis Ludik near the halfway line.

Cilliers, a former Sharks player, was one of the stand-out performers for the Lions on the night.

Jantjies converted his fourth penalty just before the break and this ensured his team enjoyed a 10 point lead with 40 minutes left to play.

After testing the home side’s defence for a prolonged period, the Sharks finally managed to get over the try-line in the 60th minute when Stefan Terblanche took advantage of a quick-tap penalty taken by Michalak.

Leading up to that, Springbok Jean Deysel made his presence felt by barging over a few defenders although the Sharks coaching team would have expected more from his bench.

Prior to the important five-pointer, the Lions had extended their lead to 25-9 as Jantjies simply couldn’t put a foot wrong.

A long range penalty conversion by Meyer Bosman brought the men from Durban even closer and with 10 minutes left to play they were well within striking distance as the score was 25-19.

Jantjies, however, had other ideas and nailed seventh and final kick to seal the deal.



Try: Lionel Mapoe

Conversion: Elton Jantjies

Penalties: Jantjies (7)


Try: Stefan Terblanche

Conversion: Frederic Michalak

Penalties: Michalak (3)
Meyer Bosman


Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Doppies La Grange, 22 Burton Francis

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik 14 Sibusiso Sithole 13 Stefan Terblanche 12 Meyer Bosman 11 Lwazi Mvovo 10 Frederic Michalak 9 Charl McLeod 8 Ryan Kankowski 7 Marcell Coetzee 6 Keegan Daniel (captain) 5 Ross Skeate 4 Anton Bresler 3 Wiehahn Herbst 2 Craig Burden 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper 17 Eugene van Staden 18 Jan Andre Marais 19 Jean Deysel 20 Jacques Botes 21 Conrad Hoffmann 22 Adrian Jacobs


  • Mark - 2011-08-27 18:58

    Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Lions

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-27 19:06

      They better enjoy their PAPSAK tonight, because it's not getting EASIER. Next week the Bulls will GRIND the HELL out of them!!!!! I HATE to SAY it, but NEXT saturday ALL WP supporters MUST support the BULLS!!! WP jou LEKKER DENG!!!

      Maarten - 2011-08-28 09:30

      Sheeezzzz, Talk about a sour WiePie supporter! No thank you, we Bulls dont want your kind of support. Go Lions! At least one of our up-country team are playing decent rugby. Imagine how well you will do once "The Beard" is back. And yes, I meant to use the capitalisation.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 19:01

    Man. I feel like I wrote the script myself to keep my WP team at number 2 on the log! Cheetahs and Shark losses were requirede and it happened! Jantjies has become an excellent flyhalf. Defence wins you games.

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 19:05

      Oh, Congratulatios, Lions! Commisserations, Sharks!

      Andy49 - 2011-08-27 19:12

      The poor Sharkies must be devastated thinking they could emulate WP & beat the Lions with their recalled Boks & thus move top of the log. Sorry guppies, you will have to share 2nd with WP. Congratulations Lions.

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 19:15

      They don't share second place ~ WP has a better point difference! They're 3rd.

      Andy49 - 2011-08-27 19:41

      Thanks Kleiboet, both on 22 log points with a klein difference in points for/against of +50

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-27 19:03

    Lions your LEKKER DIENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations from Cape Town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Vickers - 2011-08-27 19:18

      Thanks for the support the past week. Come now no true WPman can ever support the Bulls ;-)

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-27 19:32

      @Vickers, I am a TRUE and DEUR WINTERDE WP supporter since 1976!!!!!!

      Vickers - 2011-08-27 19:47

      @WPBLIKSEM, That I believe. I just can't imagine you supporting the Bulls. In my "diepste binneste" I know that you will enjoy it immensely if the Sharks kick some Bull butt this weekend.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-27 19:53

      @Vickers- Definitief, DIEP in my BINNENSTE is ek 'n Blou Bul Hater!!!

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-27 19:04

    Brilliant the Mighty Lions!!!! Go Lions! Go Lions!

  • Claude - 2011-08-27 19:05

    The lions are the only team not to be disrupted by the World Cup. It will be interesting to see how they fair if they make the Currie Cup final and whether the can front up next year for Super Rugby.

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-27 20:15

      Erm, yes, Claude, you are quite right. The Blue Bulls are heading off to New Zealand, with a whole lot of Sharks and WP players adding some spice to the mix. The difference is that the coffin-dodgers in these teams aren't coming back for the rest of the season, so the Lions must make hay while the sun shines.

      Jimmyboy - 2011-08-28 11:08

      @BardofAvon. Idiot bull supporter, so quick to say the bulls are the springboks. You do realise that only spies, steyn, hougard and chilliboy are playing for the bulls next year?? 4 players, yes that does make up the majority of the team doesn't it?? Oh wait, it doesn't. Lets see how the bulls do next year without the likes of victor, bakkies, gurthro, du preez and dannie. Get used to the current bulls set up because only 4 players get added to that. Just saying. . .

  • Vickers - 2011-08-27 19:09

    And there they go "Kous oor die kop" al the way back to Debben.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-27 19:13

      Where are all the VISKOPPE nou??? WP groete!!!!

  • Pieter Hattingh - 2011-08-27 19:14

    Being a Lions supported in KZN is not easy. I alwasy take crap. At least this time, I will have my head high. Lions, You ROCK!!!!

  • Paul - 2011-08-27 19:28

    Keegan who? Kanko who? Marcel who? All totally disappeared from the kick-off. For months I've been reading idiotic -- no, that's too flattering -- rants from the guppy supporters. Please, shut the fluff up from now on. You have a skewed idea of the game of rugby. Only Deysel looked like the real deal against a bunch of no-name brands, even without the bearded one. Province HUGELY fortunate to be 2nd on the log. Unfortunately they can't have Marius Plonker on the whistle every game... as a province fan I have to question the management at Newlands. With so much talent on hand the lads should be leading by far... Brains baffles braun: well done John Mitchell!

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 19:38

      You sure don't sound like a Province supporter! If you were, you would have noticed that Plonkers will do anything to let WP lose, nevermind against whom they are playing. He is so bad that at a stage I refused to watch any WP game he handled. I agree WP should have been no 1 on the log, but we will rectify that problem in due course. No need to search for other players: those we have are quite capable of doing the necessary.

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-27 20:30

      Kleinboet, a smart guy like Paul obviously supports the Bulls.

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 20:34

      Bardo, you can have him.

  • Paul - 2011-08-27 19:46

    Kleinboet, learn to read. I said fan, not supporter.

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-27 20:41

      Then it is OK. As jy ons wil bewonder sonder om ons te ondersteun, wie is ons om te kla! Good rugby should always be admired ~ even by opponents!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-08-27 20:10

    Hey, one of these days we're gonna have to start taking the Circus Lions seriously!

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-27 20:25

    Well done Lions! What a great game to watch. Black is a very fitting colour for the Sharks and the AB's today :)

  • Vickers - 2011-08-27 20:46

    Interesting thing: On these pages most Bulls and Province supporters are quick to congratulate other teams when their own team loose against them. And I always thought the Sharks supporters were the decent guys. One learns something new every day it seems.

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-08-27 20:47

    WELL done Golden Lions you deserve to be top of the log ! Also well done to Jantjies you kicked a 100% rate tonight. But all credit in that field must go to Carlos Spencer for all his hard effort in getting Jantjies there!

  • Clive - 2011-08-27 21:03

    As a 110% Shark, I have no hesitation in saying that the better team won. Yes, the ref was a bit hard on the Sharks, but that is not why they lost. Their discipline was poor, but that was largely due to the intense pressure exerted by the Lions, which denied them possession for most of the first half. John Mitchell needs to be congratulated in turning the Lions around, even allowing for the fact that the Bulls, Sharks and WP are missing so many players on Bok duty.

      Paul - 2011-08-27 21:33

      Gratefully recieved, Clive. A quick count shows that 9 Springboks and one French international wore the Sharks colours. You wanted more?

      Ken J May - 2011-08-27 21:43

      Can you imagine if the Lions had 9 Boks and a foreigner in the side? We would have stuffed you up 100 - Love Go Lions! Go Lions!

      hls - 2011-08-28 19:57

      Please stop this nonsens that the bulls, Sharks and Province are missing players on Bok duty. Get use to it. Consider for a moment that the Lions lost many players to these same bulls, Shark and WP teams whose supporters are now crying foul. The playing field has been leveled.

  • Anneck - 2011-08-27 23:55

    Still does not make Elton Jantjies Bok material - proves what a second rate competition the Currie Cup has become since it's been taken over by politicians.

      milswanka - 2011-08-28 09:21

      Why don't you go "second rate" yourself....Jantjies had the whole Sharks backline in sixes and sevens with his running game.

      Anneck - 2011-08-28 10:56

      If he can do that to the whole New Zealand backline THEN I will be impressed.

      Anneck - 2011-08-28 13:35

      To those of you who dislike my comments about Elton Jantjies and the Currie Cup: Unfortunately I tell it like it is. Truth hurts doesn't it?

      Patriot - 2011-08-29 07:13

      You must be an All Black supporter then. Put your front teeth back in.

  • Zion - 2011-08-28 06:52

    So the final bastion of the British Empire has crumbled before the mighty onslaught of the Transvaal Boer Republic. Perchance, I say, all shall fall in the face of this ungodly charge. While the highly esteemed Jamison on the scuttle before this raid. Sorely he did make a try but penalised for his arrogance. he,he

  • Zion - 2011-08-28 07:04

    Let us hoist the Vierkleur!

  • michael - 2011-08-28 10:01

    go Lions if you keep on playing like this you can win the Curry Cup

  • Benmica - 2011-08-28 10:23

    Good luck to the Lions, they deserved to win. Bulls forever.

  • gmain - 2011-08-28 18:03

    sigh. well played to the lions. sharks fell asleep for 50 minutes and then it was too late. they did enuf to show it's far from over.... but so far so good for the lions. the battle has begun.... so i humbly eat my words.... well done lions.

  • MB1810 - 2011-08-29 08:24

    Typical South African Article, Jantjies had a fantastic game, cut clean through the Sharks defense on 3 occasions and the headline praises his boot. Don't get me wrong, he kicked very well, but that was just a part of his performance. Anyway, in a Jantjies vs Lambie scenario, the part I rate Jantjes higher than Lambie is his decision making at when to attempt a run at the line, Lambie certainly has the ability to break the line, but sometimes tries it at impossible moments, whereas Jantjes bides his times and selects his runs much better. I think he has matured a lot over the last year. Wouldn't it be something if we could have Jantjes running out at 10 and Lambie at 15 at the Next World Cup.

  • Koos - 2011-08-29 13:12


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