Sharks maul Lions

2012-08-18 20:59

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.

Sharks centre 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.

The hosts 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.

The 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 Rensburg (captain).

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.


  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-18 21:03

    Well played Sharks! Convincing win and good team effort! So much for being underdogs!

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-19 11:26

      Great to see the Sharks win, but I have to say with all that the Lions have gone through this week, it must have been a tough ask to pick themselves up. I have ask what on earth Butch James was doing having a hack at Viljoen's head. I hope it was accidental because it was terribly stupid. That could have had a very nasty outcome.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-20 06:49

      Isak, I wouldn't place any bets with your track record.

      rudidanette.vanwyk - 2012-08-20 10:18

      @Isak. Jy is n regte aap. Soos jy self weet, die wp sal nooit iets wen nie

  • ruan.lacock - 2012-08-18 21:05

    SHARKS 4EVA !!

  • deon.booysen - 2012-08-18 21:15

    Look at the joy on the woman's face in the background. Sums it up completely.

      tim.kilpin - 2012-08-19 10:10

      the dislikes to deon's comment must belong to Lions losing supporters

      deon.booysen - 2012-08-19 15:45

      I agree Tim. Bottom of the log in S15 one would think they have gotten use to loosing. Apparently not.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-08-18 21:22

    Black , white and DYNAMITE. Sharks forever

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-08-18 21:25

    Good 2nd half, entertaining to watch, but overall the Sharks had to many handling errors and squandered a few opportunities that wouldve seen us get the bonus point.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-18 21:44

      And seemed to come second in the tights... so to win so convincingly was really good 8)

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-08-18 21:58

    Welcome back ironman jean deeeeeeeeysel

  • Owentjie - 2012-08-18 22:00

    Lions should be relegated to 1 st division and Kings should replace them immediately.Like next week.

      Owentjie - 2012-08-19 17:27

      I agree, I'm tried of laughing at the lions....(inside it kills me as I'm lions supporter, but the realistic fact is they need a reality check. 10 years of spoon feeding them is enough. And winning the currie cup in a world cup year is like winning the vodacom cup)

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-18 23:18

    I really don't like butch james. Maybe not intentional, but how about dangerous play?

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-18 23:26

      Good point Gavin. I don't think you are allowed to kick a ball that is already in a players hands. It's very dangerous.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-20 06:50

      Butch is a dirty b@stard.

  • cindy.beckley - 2012-08-18 23:38

    Eish, I am a Sharks supporter, but after the news the Lions were dealt, I can not blame them for being off form.

  • bongumusa.ntuli.1238 - 2012-08-18 23:39

    well done sharks!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-08-19 02:32

    here comes the currie cup again

  • mark.barker.370 - 2012-08-19 07:11

    Any clowns still believe that these Losers should be in the S15?

      pieter.vanniekerk.188 - 2012-08-19 08:22

      Word groot. Die Sharks is die beste span in vanjaar se Curriebekerreeks. As hulle gister teen die Kings gespeel het, sou die telling iets soos80-0 gewees het

      pieter.vanniekerk.188 - 2012-08-19 08:24

      Just in case you do not understand Afrikaans: The Shars is clearly the best team in this year Currie Cup series. If the Kings played them in stead of the lIons, the score would have been something like 80-0

      Owentjie - 2012-08-19 12:57

      @ piieter , you forgot to say how many sharks are in the bok side. Essentially the lions have been beaten by a b side , right?

  • neville.dasilva - 2012-08-19 09:36

    Well done sharks!

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-19 10:08

    Sharks were nowhere in the first hald but played out of their skins in the second half and were good value for their win against a Lions side that was not thta different from the side that competed in the Super rugby

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-19 10:39

    well done sharks, you outplayed the Lions. My Lions, after this week the slip should have been expected, I just hope you guys can pick yourselfs up for next week!!

  • wanderering.wanderer - 2012-08-19 14:42

    Ironic that people actually think that this is a full strength Lions side. And even throughout the SupeRugby campaign. List of players out: Pat Cilliers Bandise Maku Wikus van Heerden Derick Minnie Elton Jantjies Alwyn Hollenbach Deon van Rensburg Michael Rhodes Jaco Taute Dylan des Fountain These are 10 players that featured in the CC semi and Final last season. People are deluded if they believe this to be a full strength side. Not close to it.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-20 06:51


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