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As it happened: Lions 23 - 21 Sharks

2015-04-11 16:35
Last Updated at 09:33
11 Apr 19:00

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11 Apr 18:56


Lions 23 - 21 Sharks

11 Apr 18:56
80' - Zeilinga has the distance, but he has pushed it wide of the right hand upright. The Lions have held on to win!
11 Apr 18:55
80' - The Sharks will have a chance to grab this one at the death as the Lions concede another penalty. Zeilinga will kick at goal from 50m out.
11 Apr 18:54
79' - The Sharks have a penalty as the Lions go off their feet straight after the kick off. Zeilinga sets up a lineout just inside the Lions half.
11 Apr 18:53

78' - TRY to the Sharks! That is exactly what they were looking for! Du Toit has forced his way over the line. Zeilinga converts. Game on!

Lions 23 - 21 Sharks

11 Apr 18:52
77' - The Lions take too long to put the ball into the lineout and concede the ball. The Sharks take it quickly and force their way towards the Lions line.
11 Apr 18:51

77' - This time the Lions produce some brilliant defence as they force the Sharks maul into touch.

The Lions have had 70% possession in this match... unbelievable!

11 Apr 18:50
76' - The Sharks have a penalty on the halfway line as the Lions are penalised at scrum time. The scrums have been a real lottery today. Zeilinga kicks for the line and the Sharks will have a chance, 22m out from the Lions line.
11 Apr 18:48
73' - More brilliant defence from the Sharks as Lions replacement Fourie is pinged for not releasing. Zeilinga clears downfield into the Lions half. They need a score very soon if they are to win this one.
11 Apr 18:45

71' - Excellent defence by the Sharks as they manage to turn the ball over, but Zeilinga can only clears to his 22m line.

Esterhuizen is back on for the Sharks.

11 Apr 18:44
70' - The Lions maul the ball through 20m, they are right on the Sharks try line.
11 Apr 18:43
69' - After numerous scrum resets, the Sharks concede at scrum time. Jantjies will setup a lineout again. That is the third kickable penalty not taken.
11 Apr 18:38
65' - Not a great lineout from the Lions, the Sharks win the ball through Wentzel who did really well allowing the Sharks to clear downfield.
11 Apr 18:37
65' - The Sharks are penalised again for obstruction in the lineout. Jantjies sets up another lineout.
11 Apr 18:36
64' - The Lions receive a penalty as Bothma goes offside in trying to stop a Lions rolling maul. Jantjies opts to kick the ball for touch and the Lions have a lineout 5m from the Sharks line.
11 Apr 18:35

61' - Lions substitutions. Jacobs replaces De Klerk.

11 Apr 18:32
60' - The Lions used the extra man to great advantage as Mapoe does brilliantly down the left hand touchline. Unfortunately for the Lions, they lose possession through an accidental obstruction 2m from the Sharks line. The Sharks will have a 5m defensive scrum.
11 Apr 18:30

58' - YELLOW CARD! The ref and TMO have decided between them that Esterhuizen will spend 10 minutes in the bin. The Sharks discipline woes continue.

There had been two earlier high tackles as well where the referee let advantage run. 

11 Apr 18:28
58' - TMO called into action for a late tackle by Esterhuizen of the Sharks. It looks late and high!
11 Apr 18:26
57' - Excellent play by Reinach as he gets over the ball and forces Whiteley to hold on. The Sharks have a chance to clear their lines which they do.
11 Apr 18:25
56' - The Lions keep possession through a number of phases and get to within 5m of the Sharks line as they look for a fourth try and a bonus point.
11 Apr 18:23
54' - Poor play by Zeilinga as he kicks the 22m drop out straight into touch. The Lions opt for a scrum on the Sharks 22m area.
11 Apr 18:22
54' - Sharks substitution. Wilson replaces Murray.
11 Apr 18:21

51' - The Lions have a chance to extend their lead after Sithole is pinged for a late tackle on De Klerk. Jantjies will kick at goal from around 35m out. He has missed as well.

Both kickers struggling tonight. 

11 Apr 18:18
49' - The Sharks will have their first chance for points in the second half as Tecklenburg is caught on the wrong side of the ball and does not roll away. Zeilinga cannot convert from around 40m out.
11 Apr 18:17

48' - Jantjies misses with his conversion attempt.

Lions 23 - 14 Sharks

11 Apr 18:16
47' - TRY to the Lions! They have another after excellent work by their backs. Mnisi ran on a big angle, taking some defenders with him. He found Vorster with a switch inside, and the big centre sped away from the defence and scored!
11 Apr 18:14

45' - Jantjies converts and the Lions are back into the lead.

Lions 18 - 14 Sharks

11 Apr 18:13
44' - TRY to the Lions! De Klerk, who has been a real livewire today gets over from in close. He waited patiently for the ball to emerge from the ruck, sold a dummy to Ndungane and forced his way over.
11 Apr 18:11
43' - What a run from Combrinck as he receives the ball on the right wing and cuts inside three times, beating three Sharks defenders. He is hauled down just short of the line.
11 Apr 18:10
41' - The Lions knock on and the Sharks have the put in to the first scrum of the second half, unfortunately for them, Bothma knocks on as well.
11 Apr 18:07
The second half is underway in Johannesburg.
11 Apr 17:57
An enterprising first half of rugby from both team as they showed they were willing to give the ball some air.
11 Apr 17:53
39' - TRY to the Lions! Jantjies flicks an inside pass to Mnisi and the replacement gets over!
11 Apr 17:52
38' - The Lions move to within 10m from the Sharks line, can they score before half time?
11 Apr 17:51
37' - A chance for the Lions to setup an attacking lineout in the final minutes of the half as Chadwick is penalised for scrumming in. Jantjies kicks for the line and the Lions will have an attacking lineout in the Sharks 22m area.
11 Apr 17:50
36' - It's all Sharks the moment, the Lions will be looking for some of the enterprise they showed in the first 10 minutes of this match.
11 Apr 17:46

33' - Zeilinga converts and the Sharks extend their lead.

Lions 6 - 14 Sharks

11 Apr 17:45
32' - TRY to the Sharks! Excellent work from the Sharks backline as they work the ball through the hands, Coetzee comes in off his defender to try and stop Ndungane. The Sharks fullback manages to find Mvovo and that is that... no one can catch him as he runs it in from around 40m out.
11 Apr 17:42
31' - Lions substitution. Mnisi replaces Richards (injury).
11 Apr 17:41
31' - OUCH! The Sharks launch and up and under which the Lions take and De Klerk spots some space and kicks into it. Richards and Alberts challenge for the ball and the little winger comes off second best. He is out cold!  
11 Apr 17:39
30' - The Sharks win a free-kick at scrum time. A real titanic battle in that phase of play.
11 Apr 17:36
27' - The Lions do brilliantly on defence as the Sharks look to drive from the lineout but are forced out into touch. The Lions win their own lineout and Jantjies clears downfield.
11 Apr 17:35
26' - The Sharks move straight back onto the attack, Ndungane gets the ball on the left, but he is monstered out into touch. He did well to try an flick the ball inside, which came off a Lions players, so the Sharks have a lineout just inside the Lions 22m area.
  • 80'

    Zeilinga gets a chance to win the game for the Sharks when the Lions are penalised for an indiscretion at a maul close to the halfway line! His kick has the distance but not the direction and the Lions scramble to get the ball into touch. The referee blows his final whistle and the home side are victorious! That's their fifth win from their last six games and they certainly deserve it! The Sharks came close in the end but they really didn't deserve to win this one as the Lions dominated for large periods, especially in the second half.

  • 80'

    Lions 23 Sharks 21

  • 79'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, ZEILINGA. 23-21. Zeilinga slots the two-pointer which closes the gap to two points.

  • 78'

    TRY, SHARKS, DU TOIT! 23-19. The Sharks are hammering away at the Lions' line And after Matt Stevens is stopped just short, Thomas du Toit gathers before crashing over!

  • 77'

    Now the Lions front row are pinged for a scrum infringement and Zeilinga opts to kick for touch. He puts the ball out deep inside the Lions' 22.

  • 74'

    The Lions are giving their all as they look to secure a try-scoring bonus point. They take the ball through numerous phases just outside the Sharks'' 22 but are soon penalised when Corne Fourie holds onto the ball on the ground. Zeilinga kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the hosts'' 10-metre line.

  • 71'

    Monde Hadebe is pinged for placing his knee on the ground at a scrum. Jantjies kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside the Sharks' 22.

  • 68'

    The Lions win plenty of ground as they take the ball through the phases up front. The ball is spun out wide but Derick Minnie knocks on a pass from Vorster.

  • 65'

    The Sharks are pinged when several forwards drive into the side of a Lions maul. Jantjies puts the resulting penalty out on the visitors' five-metre line.

  • 62'

    Mnisi and Mapoe combine brilliantly down the left-hand touchline! Mapoe is stopped just short of the line before Tecklenburg gathers and crashes over but his effort is disallowed after he clatters into Franco Mostert before diving over!

  • 60'

    YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, ESTERHUIZEN! Andre Esterhuizen is sent to the sin bin for a late and high tackle on Combrinck.

  • 59'

    Mvovo takes the ball into contact but makes little headway as he runs into a brick wall names Jaco Kriel!

  • 56'

    Jantjies attacks the gainline from a scrum on the Sharks' 22! He is through a half gap but Marcell Coetzee stops him in his tracks with a great cover tackle!

  • 53'

    Jantjies has a chance to extend the hosts' lead after Sithole is penalised for a late tackle but once again his kick is off target.

  • 50'

    Zeilinga lines up a shot at goal after Warwick Tecklenburg is pinged for a ruck infringement. The kick is wide of the uprights, however.

  • 47'

    TRY, LIONS, VORSTER! 23-14. The Lions launch an attack just outside the Sharks' 22 and Mnisi throws an inside pass to Harold Vorster who glides through a gap! He hands off Waylon Murray before touching down in the left-hand corner! Jantjies' shot at goal is off target.

  • 45'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES. 18-14. Jantjies adds the easy extras to extend the Lions' lead.

  • 44'

    TRY, LIONS, DE KLERK! 16-14. Ruan Combrinck makes a devastating run from inside his half and beats six defenders before S'bura Sithole ring him to ground in front of the uprights! De Klerk spots a gap and sells Odwa Ndungane a dummy before diving over!

  • 41'

    Zeilinga gets the second half started with a high hanging kick which Mnisi gathers despite great pressure from the Sharks forwards.

  • 40'

    TRY, LIONS, MNISI! 11-14. The Lions are camped close to the Sharks' tryline and Jantjies throws an inside pass to Howard Mnisi who crashes over despite the attentions of two defenders. Jantjies is off target with the conversion attempt and that's the final act of the half. The Sharks fought back well after the Lions were dominant early on but that late try has put the visitors back in touch.

  • 40'

    Lions 11 Sharks 14

  • 38'

    The Lions launch an attack from a line-out deep inside the Sharks' 22. Andries Ferreira and Warwick Tecklenburg are prominent ball carriers.

  • 35'

    Mnisi makes a break and gets a pass out to De Klerk out of the back of his hand! De Klerk makes some progress but knocks on after a tackle from behind from Zeilinga.

  • 33'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, ZEILINGA. 6-14. Zeilinga makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the visitors'' lead.

  • 32'

    TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO! 6-12. The Sharks attack from just inside their half and Odwa Ndungane joins the line at pace! He draws in a defender before offloading to Lwazi Mvovo who outpaces the cover defence before crossing over!

  • 31'

    There's a break in play as Mark Richards stays down after clattering into Willem Alberts while trying to gather a chip kick from De Klerk. Richards is out cold after the hit and is eventually stretchered off the field by the Lions' medical staff. He is replaced by Howard Mnisi.

  • 29'

    The Sharks try to launch an attack from a line-out on the Lions' 10-metre line but Whiteley does well to tap the ball back to his side and Mostert pounces on the loose ball.

  • 26'

    S'bura Sithole runs onto an inside pass from Zeilinga but goes down after a thumping tackle from Lionel Mapoe!

  • 22'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, ZEILINGA. 6-7. Zeilinga adds the extras which puts the visitors in front.

  • 21'

    TRY, SHARKS, BOTHMA! 6-5. Andre Esterhuizen makes a lovely break from close to the halfway line and offloads to Waylon Murray inside the Lions' 22! Murray goes to ground close to the uprights and the ball comes out to Renaldo Bothma who spins out of two tackles before crashing over!

  • 19'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 6-0. Jantjies adds another three-pointer after Cobus Reinach is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.

  • 17'

    Harold Vorster makes a break before offloading to Jaco Kriel who is through a gap! He gets a pass out who is stopped in his tracks by Odwa Ndungane just outside the Sharks' 22.

  • 14'

    Fred Zeilinga gets a chance to level the score after Warren Whiteley and Julian Redelinghuys are penalised for straying offside on defence but the kick is off target!

  • 11'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 3-0. Jantjies gets the game's first points from the kicking tee.

  • 10'

    The Lions attack from a scrum close to the Sharks' tryline. They absolutely destroy the visitors at the set-piece before Dale Chadwick is pinged for illegal scrummaging.

  • 7'

    Several Sharks forwards are pinged for going off their feet at a ruck. Jantjies lines up a shot at goal but his effort is to the left of the uprights.

  • 4'

    The Sharks launch an attack from inside their 22 and are soon close to the home side's quarter but lose possession when Lwazi Mvovo knocks on.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Elton Jantjies gets the game underway. His kick is a short, hanging one and Franco Mostert does well to gather just beyond the 10-metre line where he hits the deck.

  • 0'

    The Sharks have been forced into a late change ahead of kick off. Ryan Kankowski has been forced to withdraw through injury. This means Renaldo Bothma moves to number eight with Willem Alberts coming in to the run-on side on the flank while Giant Mtyanda takes Alberts' place on the bench.

  • 0'

    Lock Marco Wentzel will captain the Sharks as part of several changes to the starting XV for this encounter. Wentzel is the Durban-based outfit's fourth captain this season. Etienne Oosthuizen and Willem Alberts have both returned from injury lay-offs and the pair will hope to make an impact off the bench. Odwa Ndungane has been named at full-back, replacing SP Marias who gets a rest after starting all eight matches to date. This sees the return of S'bura Sithole on the wing, with Fred Zeilinga replacing Lambie in the final change to the backline. Up front, there is an overhaul with Lourens Adriaanse, Franco Marais and Dale Chadwick packing down in the front row with Jannie du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira rested, while Renaldo Bothma replaces Jean Deysel in the final change.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby hit out between South African rivals the Lions and the Sharks from Ellis Park in Johannesburg. We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    Lions boss Johan Ackermann has made four changes to his starting line-up. There are two changes to his pack, with Julian Redelinghuys coming in at tighthead and Jaco Kriel into the back row. Ackermann has also made two changes to his starting backline with Faf de Klerk starting at scrum-half, while Mark Richards is also set to make his Super Rugby debut on the left wing. Lohan Jacobs will also make his debut if he comes off the bench as cover for de Klerk.

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Lions Sharks
  • 3 Tries 3
    • 39' Howard Mnisi
    • 43' Francois de Klerk
    • 46' Harold Vorster
    • 20' Renaldo Bothma
    • 31' Lwazi Mvovo
    • 77' Thomas du Toit
  • 1 Conversions 3
    • 44' Elton Jantjies
    • 21' Fred Zeilinga
    • 32' Fred Zeilinga
    • 77' Fred Zeilinga
  • 2 Penalties 0
    • 9' Elton Jantjies
    • 18' Elton Jantjies
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 58' Andre Esterhuizen
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Mark Richards
  • Harold Vorster
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Andries Coetzee
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
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  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
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  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Franco Marais
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Mouritz Botha
  • Marco Wentzel
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Willem Alberts
  • Renaldo Bothma
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Fred Zeilinga
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • Waylon Murray
  • Sibusiso Sithole
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Corne Fourie
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Robert Kruger
  • Derick Minnie
  • Lohan Jacobs
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Howard Mnisi
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  • 23
  • Monde Hadebe
  • Thomas du Toit
  • Matt Stevens
  • Lubabalo Mtyanda
  • Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • Conrad Hoffmann
  • Lionel Cronje
  • Jack Wilson

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