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2014/03/08 | 19:10 |  Super Rugby | Kings Park Stadium, Durban |  Full Time
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As it happened: Sharks v Lions

2014-03-08 16:16
Last Updated at 01:45

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley

21:00 - In next weekend's Round 5 action, the Lions host the Blues at Ellis Park (Saturday, March 15 at 15:00) while the Sharks welcome the Reds to Durban  (Saturday, March 15 at 17:05).

20:59 - The Sharks win 37-23 and pick up a full-house of five points. 

The Lions leave empty-handed

20:59 - Frans Steyn adds the conversion as the FULL-TIME whistle sounds

20:58 - Marcel Coetzee emerges with the ball

20:58 - The Sharks score their fourth try - and bonus point with mere seconds on the clock

20:58 - And they've done it!

20:57 - TRY!

20:57 - Commentators and referee Peyper not in agreement about much at present...

20:53 - The Sharks are going in search of their fourth try and subsequent bonus point.

Remember, they picked up a bonus point in injury time against the Bulls in their opening match.

Can they do the same tonight?

20:52 - But it's back to 15 for the Sharks as Kankowski makes a return for the final 5 minutes

20:51 - 14 on 14 at Kings Park as Lions replacement Corne Fourie sees yellow

20:48 - Crowd attendance tonight: 28 158

20:48 - Jaco Peyper you ought to be ashamed!

20:47 - Never heard this before, but apparently the first person to jump for the ball is ok, but the second player to leave his feet needs to ensure he doesn't collide - even if he's going for the ball...

20:46 - Bob Skinstad calls the penalty 'rubbish'!

Bravo Bob!

20:45 - Another rubbish penalty by referee Jaco Peyper who penalised the Lions for a clash between two players

20:45 - 10 minutes to play in Durban

Kankowski will return from the sin-bin with roughly four minutes to play

20:44 - This time it's centre Deon van Rensburg who gets his name on the scoresheet.

Boshoff adds the conversion from just to the right of the posts and the Sharks' lead is slashed to 30-23!

20:43 - Kudos to the Lions who score again!

20:43 - TRY!

20:42 - Sharks big-wigs spotted in the crowd - John Smit, Ian McIntosh and Rudolph Straeuli

20:39 - Boshoff converts Faf de Klerk's try.

The Sharks now lead 30-16 - and my 13-point SuperBru prediction looks a little more promising...

20:39 - Try to the Lions!

And a yellow card for Sharks No 8 Ryan Kankowski for repeated infringements

20:38 - TRY!

20:38 - All happening all of a sudden at Kings Park

20:38 - TWEET

Frans Styen kan n eier skop en baie ver. Lekker Styentjie my tjom. Blessing - Bakkies Botha

20:36 - Mmm, suspicious play by the Sharks sees them turn over the ball on their own tryline

20:34 - No let-up for the Lions as Willem Alberts leaves the field - only to be replaced by Jean Deysel #amazingdepthattheSharks

20:31 - Close call for the Lions who almost score through wing Chrysander Botha.

TMO rules a knock-on. 5m defensive scrum to the Sharks.

20:28 - Jannie du Plessis, now substituted, says the Lions have the best pack of forwards they have faced to date.

20:24 - TWEET

Steyn has bossed this game from 10 in no uncertain terms! Properly impressive ... 30-9 after 54 - Front Row Grunt

20:23 - As the rain starts to fall in Durban, the Lions make some changes.

Jantjies off the very best of them...

20:20 - Steyn adds the conversion and the Sharks move out to a 30-9 lead after 51 minutes

20:19 - Odwa Ndungane scores for the Sharks. It's their third try of the evening.

The Lions not helped by flyhalf Jantjies - who has been poor this evening.

20:19 - TRY!

20:18 - Silly - and simple - errors from the Lions.

Those who tune in to Sport24's Monday Super Rugby reviews and Thursday previews will know that I predicted that for all the Lions' early season endeavour (winning their first two matches), they will still lose more matches than they win this year...

20:17 - Steyn clears from well behind his own tryline, setting up another lineout.

But the Lions this time knock on!

20:17 - But the Lions lose the lineout. Groan.

20:15 - High tackle by Sharks flank Willem Alberts sees the Lions awarded a penalty which Elton Jantjies puts into touch 5m from the Sharks' tryline

20:14 - Fairly low-key start to the second half.

Humidity playing a role for sure.

20:09 - PICTURE

Sharks No 9 Cobus Reinach celebrates his first-half try (Gallo Images)


19:55 - The Sharks lead 23-9

Join us in 15 minutes for the second stanza!


19:53 - Steyn lands the conversion as the Sharks open up a hand - and match-winning? 23-9 lead as half-time approaches

19:52 - A moment of sheer magic from Sharks No 9 Cobus Reinach as he jinxes his way over the tryline.

Inside, outside and back inside as he leaves the Lions' defence for dead - and looking particularly embarrassed

19:52 - TRY!

19:51 - And the Lions are right back in it as Boshoff converts his third penalty of the night.

Sharks lead 16-9 after 37 minutes

19:48 - Commentator Hugh Bladen all too predictably points out that the Lions will need to be careful of conceding penalties within 55 metres of their tryline...

19:48 - The balls sails between the uprights as the Sharks' lead grows to 16-6 after 34 minutes.

19:48 - HE DOES!

19:47 - Frans Steyn will have a shot at goal from inside his own half.

He'll have the distance for sure, but will he have the direction...

19:44 - The Beaaaast is the next Sharks player to concede a penalty, but nothing comes of it as the Lions then do likewise.

Scrappy stuff from both teams at the moment as the 32nd minutes ticks past...

19:40 - Equally stupid play from Anton Bresler who goes into the ruck with a shoulder and gives away the penalty while the Sharks were on attack.

Naughty, naughty lad taking the law into his own hands...

19:37 - PICTURE

Skipper Bismarck du Plessis in conversation with Jake White pre-match (Gallo Images)

19:37 - Which the burly flyhalf duly does.

Sharks up 13-6 after 24 minutes

19:36 - Silly from the Lions as the concede an extra 10m after giving away a penalty which now gives Steyn the chance to extend the Sharks' lead.

19:33 - And that man Steyn lands a penalty for the home side who move out to a 10-6 lead after 21 minutes

19:32 - For all of you asking, Lambie is out the match with tick bite fever. Frans Steyn has moved to flyhalf with Heimar Williams taking Steyn's place at No 12.

Fred Zeilinga has moved onto the bench (in place of Williams).

Make sense... ?

19:30 - Sharks lead 7-6 after 17 minutes

19:29 - 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe OR 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Who would you rather have... ?

19:28 - Crickey, so much for that much-vaunted Sharks front row!

The Lions walk all over them and pick up a penalty - which Boshoff turns into another three points.

19:25 - PICTURE

Young Sharks fans (Gallo Images)

19:24 - Lions fullback Marnitz Boshoff cuts the Sharks lead with a penalty - his 60th point of the tournament.

Time will tell whether moving him to No 15 to accommodate Elton Jantjies at pivot

19:23 - No official crowd attendance figure yet, but for those interested a paltry 11 300 showed up at Loftus Versfeld earlier for the Bulls v Blues match...

19:22 - TWEET

He is blitz,Paul Jordaan,player with lots of flair and skill,if injury stays away he might just be pushing for higher honours!Saaaks 7-0 - Breyton Paulse

19:22 - Touchline commentary Robbie Kempson confirms it's extremely humid in Durban tonight

19:21 - Some impressive ball juggling before gaining control and diving over.

Frans Steyn adds the conversion and the Sharks are out to an early 7-0 lead after 9 minutes

19:20 - The Sharks score the first try of the match through that man Paul Jordaan.

He's having a super season - hint, hint Heyneke Meyer...

19:20 - TRY!

19:18 - The Sharks have dominated the opening 5 minutes. The Lions will need to bring their 'A' game or they could be in for a long afternoon...

19:13 - For those interested, I went for the Sharks by 13 on SuperBru for this match...

19:13 - The Sharks are immediately onto the attack


19:12 - PICTURE

Kings Park awaits -

19:09 - BIG NEWS

Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie has tick bite fever and is out of the match

Frans Steyn will start in the No 10 jersey with Fred Zeilinga moves onto the bench


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Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (South Africa)

TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


2012: Lions won 38-28, Johannesburg
2012: Sharks won 32-20, Durban
2011: Sharks and Lions drew 30-30, Johannesburg
2011: Sharks won 27-3, Durban
2010: Sharks won 32-28, Johannesburg
2009: Sharks won 25-10, Durban



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

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Lions in Durban!

  • 80'

    SHARKS 37-23 LIONS

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, STEYN. 37-23. Steyn finishes the night with a 100% kicking record. That's full time, thanks for joining us, cheers!

  • 79'

    TRY, SHARKS, COETZEE. 35-23. That's the bonus point for the Sharks! Marcell Coetzee crashes over at the back of a maul.

  • 76'

    The Lions steal the line-out! But SP Marais finds the corner after collecting the clearance. Sharks still plying the pressure.

  • 75'

    YELLOW CARD, LIONS, FOURIE. Corne Fourie gets sent to the bin for killing the ball on the deck just as Kankowski returns.

  • 73'

    The Sharks win a penalty at the ruck on halfway. Steyn sends a huge penalty into the corner.

  • 72'

    Can the Lions pull off a surprise here and sneak a draw? They're on top at scrum time that's for sure as they win another penalty.

  • 70'

    CONVERSION, BOSHOFF. 30-23. It's a 7-point ball game!

  • 68'

    TRY, LIONS, VAN RENSBURG. 30-21. The Lions maul it up, Boshoff sends a neat grubber through and van Rensburg pounces!

  • 67'

    Sithole penalised for tackling De Klerk high. Another attacking line-out for the Lions is the result of the penalty.

  • 66'

    CONVERSION, BOSHOFF 30.16. The Lions have their tails up.

  • 65'

    TRY, LIONS, DE KLERK. 30-14. Faf de Klerk snipes around the corner of a scrum and dives over. The TMO gives the rubber stamp.

  • 65'

    YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, KANKOWSKI. Side entry at the scrum after multiple warnings. We'll go to the TMO for a try decision.

  • 64'

    Jean Deysel pulls the ball out of the hands of Willie Britz. Steyn clears but the Lions are right back on the attack from the next line-out.

  • 62'

    Free kick against the Sharks scrum. The Lions take it quickly and are hammering away a few metres short...the ref playing advantage because the Sharks didn't retreat at the free kick.

  • 61'

    Close call. The verdict goes against the Lions - scrum to the Sharks, 5m from their own line.

  • 60'

    The TMO is called upon after the Lions break out from their own 22. Marais fails to negotiate a kick ahead. Botha and Steyn are in a foot race to the ball...who got there first?

  • 58'

    Kankowski does brilliantly at the line-out once again to win the ball for his side near halfway. The Lions have no chance if they can't keep hold of the ball at set pieces.

  • 56'

    Charl McLeod is penalised for offside, the Lions kick into the corner. They need a try here but once again lose possession at the line-out.

  • 54'

    The Beast goes off and the Sharks scrum is penalised immediately, though it's on the tighthead side.

  • 52'

    CONVERSION, STEYN. 30-9. One more try for the bonus point...

  • 50'

    TRY, SHARKS, NDUNGANE. 28-9. Jantjies charges down Steyn but the ball bounces favourably for the Sharks fly-half. He feeds Marcell Coetzee, who bursts clear before offloading to Odwa Ndungane, who races home.

  • 48'

    The Lions let an opportunity slip as the line-out throw goes over the top of Tecklenburg. Kankowski gathers and Steyn clears.

  • 46'

    Willem Alberts tackles Faf de Klerk high. The Lions kick into the corner from the penalty.

  • 46'

    Willem Alberts tackles Faf de Klerk high. The Lions kick into the corner from the penalty.

  • 44'

    The Lions throw it around like a hot potato until they get to halfway and one loose pass too many is knocked on. The Sharks can't hold on for much longer either and Boshoff sends a monster kick into touch on the Sharks 22.

  • 43'

    Reinach tries to do too much and has the ball bumped from his hands as he looks for a fancy offload. Unnecessary...

  • 42'

    The Sharks win a penalty from a maul. Steyn kicks for touch. Kanko takes the line-out and the Sharks set up the attack on the Lions' 22.

  • 41'

    Elton Jantjies kicks us off for the second half. Can the Lions hang in?

  • 40'


  • 40'

    That's it for the first half. The Sharks go into the break with a healthy, deserved lead thanks to that moment of magic from Reinach.

  • 39'

    CONVERSION, STEYN. 23-9. Easy extras for the home fly-half.

  • 38'

    TRY, SHARKS, REINACH! 21-9. What a try! Reinach puts on a textbook display of sidestepping after a line-out, making Chrysander Botha look silly to score a brilliant solo try.

  • 37'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF. 16-9. Cobus Reinach penalised for a side entry at a ruck. The Lions are still in this one.

  • 34'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 16-6. Boom! Frans Steyn hits the target from inside his own half.

  • 32'

    Play is stopped as the ref goes upstairs to check on a late hit from Ruan Combrinck. It's nothing hectic so just a simple penalty to the Sharks.

  • 30'

    Pieter-Steph du Toit knocks on in the air to hand the Lions a scrum just inside the visitors' half. The Beast is penalised next at scrum time...a few too many mistakes from the Sharks.

  • 26'

    Ryan Kankowski fields a ball in front of his try-line and passes to SP Marais. He does well with a clearance kick which sails into touch 10 metres inside the Lions' half.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 13-6. Steyn extends the home side's lead with a sweetly-struck place-kick from about 45 metres out! This after Kriel breaks away from a maul and goes to ground but the Lions are penalised when several forwards go off their feet in an effort to clean out the ruck.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 10-6. Steyn succeeds with a three-pointer after Jaco Kriel is pinged for a ruck infringement.

  • 19'

    The Sharks put more pressure on a Lions scrum. Faf de Klerk knocks on at the base which means the hosts get the put-in at the next set-piece.

  • 16'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 7-6. Boshoff slots another two-pointer after Marcell Coetzee fails to release a tackled player.

  • 14'

    Bismarck du Plessis is pinned just outside his 22 by three defenders. They manage to hold him up and when the maul becomes static, it's the visitors' put-in at the scrum.

  • 12'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 7-3. Marnitz Boshoff opens the Lions' account, from the kicking tee, after Bismarck du Plessis is penalised for an infringement at a ruck.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, STEYN! 7-0. Steyn adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!

  • 8'

    TRY, SHARKS, JORDAAN! 5-0. The Sharks win a turnover and spread the ball wide to Lwazi Mvovo, who kicks ahead! the ball bounces kindly for Paul Jordaan, who crashes over for the opening try!

  • 7'

    Steyn spots a gap behind the Lions' defence and kicks for territory. He is outside his 22 and his effort is over-cooked and sails directly into touch.

  • 4'

    The Lions get the put-in to the first scrum but the Sharks forwards show their class as they push their opponents off the ball and launch an attack just outside the visitors' 22.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Frans Steyn, who is a late replacement at fly-half for Pat Lambie gets us off with a deep kick which the Lions gather inside their 22. They return that kick with interest with a kick of their own upfield. with Steyn at 10 it means that Heimar Williams starts at inside centre and Fred Zeilinga comes onto the bench.

  • 0'

    The big news from the Lions camp is that Elton Jantjies will start at fly-half after recovering from a shoulder injury. His return means Lions boss Johan Ackermann has reshuffled his back-line with Marnitz Boshoff shifting to full-back. Chrysander Botha, who was in the number 15 jersey in last weekend's loss to the Bulls, starts at left wing while Ruan Combrinck moves across to right wing in place of Deon van Rensburg, who takes over from JW Jonker at outside centre. In the forwards, Ackermann has opted largely for consistency, making just one change in the front row. Willie Wepener comes into the starting line-up at hooker, as Robbie Coetzee shifts to the bench. Amongst the replacements, Corne Fourie provides cover at prop will look to make his Super Rugby debut.

  • 0'

    The Sharks have named the same matchday squad for the third consecutive weekend. Bismarck du Plessis leads the men from Durban into battle. They had a bye last weekend after opening wins against the Bulls and Hurricanes.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to Kings Park Stadium in Durban for this South African Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Sharks, and the Lions. The Sharks are unbeaten after two matches and return to action after last weekend's bye. The visitors suffered their first loss last weekend after impressive victories in their two opening matches. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.

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Sharks Lions
  • 4 Tries 2
    • 7' Paul Jordaan
    • 37' Jacobus Reinach
    • 49' Odwa Ndungane
    • 79' Marcell Coetzee
    • 63' Francois de Klerk
    • 68' Deon van Rensburg
  • 4 Conversions 2
    • 8' Frans Steyn
    • 38' Frans Steyn
    • 50' Frans Steyn
    • 80' Frans Steyn
    • 64' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 69' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 3 Penalties 3
    • 20' Frans Steyn
    • 23' Frans Steyn
    • 33' Frans Steyn
    • 11' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 15' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 36' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 63' Ryan Kankowski
    • 74' Corne Fourie
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Bismarck du Plessis
  • Jannie du Plessis
  • Anton Bresler
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Willem Alberts
  • Ryan Kankowski
  • Jacobus Reinach
  • Pat Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Frans Steyn
  • Paul Jordaan
  • Odwa Ndungane
  • SP Marais
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  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Willie Wepener
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Franco van der Merwe
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Chrysander Botha
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • Deon van Rensburg
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Kyle Cooper
  • Dale Chadwick
  • Lourens Adriaanse
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Jean Deysel
  • Charl McLeod
  • Heimar Williams
  • Sibusiso Sithole
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  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Corne Fourie
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • Willie Britz
  • Ross Cronje
  • JW Jonker
  • Coenie van Wyk

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