Lions secure top spot on Super Rugby log
Durban - The Lions secured top spot on the overall Super Rugby log after beating the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday.
The men from Johannesburg won 27-10, after leading 13-10 at half-time.
Following the Crusaders' loss to the Hurricanes earlier in the day, the Lions knew that a win in Durban would secure them the vital top spot on the overall log standings.
Saturday's victory means the Lions will host the Super Rugby final if they advance past home quarter- and semi-finals.
In next weekend's quarter-finals, the Lions will again play the Sharks - but this time at home in Johannesburg.
Super Rugby quarter-finals:
Friday, July 21
Brumbies v Hurricanes, Canberra - 11:35 (SA time)
Saturday, July 22
Crusaders v Highlanders, Christchurch - 09:35 (SA time)
Lions v Sharks, Johannesburg - 14:30
Stormers v Chiefs, Cape Town - 17:00
Try: Kobus van Wyk
Conversion: Garth April
Tries: Malcolm Marx, Andries Coetzee, Jaco Kriel
Penalties: Elton Jantjies (4)
15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Jeremy Ward
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Akker vd Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza