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As it happened: Lions 26-19 Sharks

2018-02-17 16:55
Last Updated at 10:21
17 Feb 19:07

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The Lions picked up four points for their victory, while the Sharks left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points.

In next weekend's Round 2 action, the Lions welcome the Jaguares to Ellis Park (Saturday, February 24 at 15:05), while the Sharks have a bye.

Stay tuned to Sport24 for reaction following the opening weekend of Super Rugby 2018.

17 Feb 19:06
17 Feb 19:05
The MAN-OF-THE-MATCH accolade has gone to Lions left wing Aphiwe Dyantyi, who scored a brilliant solo try.
17 Feb 19:01

A deserved win for the Lions, whose dominance at scrum time enabled them to control matters for most parts.

The Lions have showed again that they will be tough to beat at home this season!

17 Feb 19:00
FULL-TIME: Lions 26-19 Sharks
17 Feb 19:00
80'- Janse van Rensburg redeems himself with a crushing tackle on Am, who loses possession to end the Sharks' hopes...
17 Feb 18:58
79'- With 10 seconds remaining, Janse van Rensburg is pinged for holding on to the ball on the ground. It will hand the Sharks one final attacking lineout...
17 Feb 18:57
79'- Lions in possession with less than a minute remaining...
17 Feb 18:56
78'- But the Lions win another penalty. This time replacement flank Hacjivah Dayimani gets pats on the back!
17 Feb 18:55
77'- Wow, is there another twist in this game? The Sharks win a scrum penalty, allowing them to set up another attacking lineout...
17 Feb 18:55


Lions 87

Sharks 77

17 Feb 18:54


Lions 335m

Sharks 364m

17 Feb 18:53
75'- Great defence from the Lions sees them win a turnover! Replacement flank Marnus Schoeman gets several pats on the back...
17 Feb 18:51
74'- Another Sharks penalty sees Du Preez set up another lineout...
17 Feb 18:51
74' - Jantjies' goal-kicking woes could prove costly for the Lions here...
17 Feb 18:50
73'- A great run from Bosch brings the Sharks into Lions territory.... moments later they win a penalty, allowing Du Preez to set up an attacking lineout...
17 Feb 18:49
72' - Jantjies is a confidence player. Once he loses it, he loses it badly... at the moment he can't throw the ball over the posts from in front...
17 Feb 18:49
72' - Oh dear, Jantjies misses a sitter!
17 Feb 18:48
71'- A Sharks high tackle is penalised by referee Jackson which allows Jantjies another shot at goal. It's in the middle of the park, just outside the Sharks' 22m area...
17 Feb 18:46
68'- Jantjies' cross-kick is gathered by Dyantyi in the red zone, but the Lions winger is then bundled into touch... I'm never a fan of kicking possession away in the opposition's 22m area...
17 Feb 18:44


Lions 16

Sharks 11

17 Feb 18:43
66' - Lions subs: Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Hacjivah Dayimani on, Harold Vorster and Cyle Brink off.
17 Feb 18:42


Lions 76

Sharks 71

17 Feb 18:41
64'- Jantjies' penalty is struck well but does not have the legs! Quite surprising given the game is played at altitude...
17 Feb 18:39
63'- The Lions win a crucial scrum penalty. It's just inside Sharks territory and Jantjies will line up a long-range shot at goal.
17 Feb 18:38


Lions 243m

Sharks 279m

17 Feb 18:36
60'- Sharks subs: Grant Williams on for Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch on for Lwazi Mvovo.
17 Feb 18:35

59'- Jantjies misses what could be a crucial conversion.

Lions 26-19 Sharks

17 Feb 18:34
58'- TRY awarded to Kwagga Smith!
17 Feb 18:34
The question here is whether there was a double movement from Smith. It's looks fine to me - he just rolled over once before dotting down...
17 Feb 18:33


Kwagga Smith takes a quick tap off a penalty and goes over but the TMO is called into action to check.

Referee Glen Jackson's on-field decision is a try...

17 Feb 18:32
57' - Lions immediately back on the attack. Can they cash in?
17 Feb 18:30
Andries Coetzee knocking on at the restart just again emphasised the importance of taking your kick-offs!
17 Feb 18:29

55'- CONVERSION slotted by Du Preez.

Lions 21-19 Sharks

17 Feb 18:29
54'- TRY to the Sharks as left wing Makazole Mapimpi canters over near the corner. He took a well-timed looping pass over the top from Cameron Wright...
17 Feb 18:27
53' - Coetzee almost from hero to zero as he knocks on at the subsequent kick-off. It hands the Sharks a scrum five metres from the Lions tryline...
17 Feb 18:26

52'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.

Lions 21-12 Sharks

17 Feb 18:26
51'- TRY to the Lions as Lionel Mapoe rounds off to grab his second try of the game!
17 Feb 18:25
51'- A great break from inside his own half from Andries Coetzee brings the Lions into the red zone...
17 Feb 18:24
49'- Sharks sub: Akker van der Merwe is on at hooker, replacing Franco Marais.
17 Feb 18:23
49'- Oh dear, Du Preez's attempt sails right... poor effort...
17 Feb 18:22
48'- A scrum penalty for the Sharks! The prop replacements have clearly made a difference. It allows Du Preez to line up a shot at goal, about 45m out...
17 Feb 18:18
45'- However, the Lions win a penalty on the ground to bring some relief...
17 Feb 18:18
44'- The Sharks are back into the red zone following a strong counter attack from deep...
17 Feb 18:16

42'- Du Preez's conversion attempt hits the right-hand upright but it stays wide...

Lions 14-12 Sharks

17 Feb 18:15
41'- TRY to the Sharks as Sibusiso Nkosi goes over in the corner. It was set up by a nice break by Du Preez, before a great finish by the Sharks flyer...
17 Feb 18:14
The Sharks have taken off both their props - Juan Schoeman and Thomas du Toit off, replaced by John-Hubert Meyer and Tendai Mtawarira.
  • 80'

    The Sharks win a penalty inside the Lions 22 and that was a mistake by Rohan Janse van Rensburg. Is this the final line-out?

  • 80'

    FULL TIME: That is the ball game, as the Sharks lose it forward after securing the line-out. A good start for the Lions at home and a good start to their 2018 campaign. Thank you for joining us.

  • 80'

    LIONS 26-19 SHARKS.

  • 79'

    Akker van der Merwe is penalised for not releasing the ball and what a massive turnover by Hacjivah Dayimani. That was a game changer!

  • 77'

    We have a few resets at the scrum and then the Sharks secure the penalty five meters from the Lions line. They opt for the corner.

  • 76'

    The Sharks secure the scrum, but after some brilliant Lions defending, the ball is turned over. Great work by the Lions.

  • 75'

    The Sharks win another penalty under an advantage after losing the ball forward. They opt for the corner again.

  • 74'

    Curwin Bosch who just came on starts a counter attack inside his own 22 and makes his way into the Lions half. They then win an offside penalty and opt for the corner.

  • 73'

    A missed opportunity again, as Jantjies sends it wide.

  • 72'

    The Lions win yet another penalty after a high tackle by Botha. They go for goal again.

  • 70'

    Kwagga Smith breaks down the touch line after the line-out, but in the end they are shoved into touch following a good cross-kick from Jantjies.

  • 69'

    The Sharks concede a line-out penalty and Jantjies finds a good touch inside the Sharks 22.

  • 66'

    WOW what a period of play. It started with the Sharks on attack and after they knocked it on Andries Coetzee launched the counter attack. In the end the Lions knock it for a Sharks scrum inside their own half.

  • 65'

    The Lions win another penalty at the scrum and John-Hubert Meyer is penalised. Jantjies go for goal and sends it wide!

  • 60'

    The flags stay down as Jantjies misses the conversion.

  • 59'

    TRY, LIONS, SMITH! 26-19: The Lions win an offside penalty and they take a quick tap. Kwagga Smith drives forward and appears to go over to score and the TMO confirms all ok.

  • 58'

    What a well weighted kick from Andries Coetzee and Nkosi has to collect it and carry it out two meters from the Sharks line.

  • 57'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, ROBERT DU PREEZ! 21-19: It is a two point game now.

  • 55'

    TRY, SHARKS, MAPIMPI! 21-17: Robert Du Preez carried the ball well and after another carry by Cameron Wright, he offloads to Mapimpi who scores an easy try.

  • 54'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 21-7: The Lions extend their lead.

  • 52'

    TRY, LIONS, MAPOE! 19-12: Mapoe scores his second try, but he must thank Andries Coetzee who got away from a few defenders to sprint down the line. They almost lost it, but after the regather Mapoe scores.

  • 51'

    Malcolm Marx uses his power to turn the ball over after the restart. Great work!

  • 50'

    Du Preez send the penalty attempt wide.

  • 49'

    This time the Sharks win a penalty at the scrum and they go for goal.

  • 48'

    Jantjies dabs it over the top, but it is well cleared by Jacques Vermeulen. A bit of a waste by Jantjies.

  • 46'

    Philip van der Walt has his hands in the ruck and the Lions earn some needed relief.

  • 44'

    The conversion is missed by Robert Du Preez. Dan Du Preez is also back on the field.

  • 42'

    TRY, SHARKS, NKOSI! 14-12: Andre Esterhuizen breaks the line for the Sharks. They then recycle the ball before Nkosi stretches over in the corner to SCORE! A good quality start to the second half.

  • 41'

    We are underway in the second half.

  • 40'

    After some initial scrum resets the Lions offer a massive shove so close to their line. They secure a penalty.

  • 40'

    HALF TIME: The Lions lead at the break after initially going behind following a Robert Du Preez try. The Sharks came close to levelling the score in the dying minutes of the first half, but somehow the Lions kept them out.

  • 40'

    LIONS 14-7 SHARKS.

  • 39'

    The Sharks come close again and they feed a five meter scrum as a result.

  • 38'

    Mapimpi breaks the line and the Sharks come close. Kwagga Smith is then penalised for holding on. Dan Du Preez is off injured and he is replaced by Paul.

  • 36'

    Robert Du Preez clears with a good long range shot from deep inside his own 22.

  • 34'

    Kwagga Smith breaks the line and the Lions make their way deeper into the Sharks half. Well done to the Sharks to turn the ball over at the maul. They needed to do it there and then.

  • 30'

    The Lions win a penalty at the scrum and take it quickly. They make their way into the Sharks half. We have a line-out inside the Sharks half.

  • 27'

    Jantjies has been very impressive with his long range kicks.

  • 24'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 14-7: The flags are up again!

  • 22'

    TRY, LIONS, DYANTY! 12-7: Marx steals the Sharks ball and drives forward. Whitely offloads to Dyanty, who sprints down the line. When he runs out of space he dabs it forward and the bounce favours him, as he scores! What a try!

  • 21'

    Jantjies finds a good deep touch and we have a line-out inside the Sharks 22.

  • 18'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 7-7: The flags are up and it is all square!

  • 17'

    TRY, LIONS, MAPOE! 5-7: Kwagga Smith comes away with the line-out ball and they go forward. They then tidy it up and go wide after a Marx carry. Mapoe finishes off a well worked try! Marx did well to suck in the defenders.

  • 16'

    The Sharks feed a scrum inside their own 22. What a massive shove again by the Lions to win a penalty at the scrum. They kick for the corner.

  • 14'

    The Lions win a penalty after the Sharks fail to release the ball and they take it quickly.

  • 11'

    Makazole Mapimpi makes good ground after an initial line break. Great work from him.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, SHARKS, ROBERT DU PREEZ! 0-7: He converts his own try.

  • 8'

    TRY, SHARKS, ROBERT DU PREEZ! 0-5: The big unit that is Robert Du Preez walks all over Elton Jantjies to power home for the first try. That was good advantage play by the Sharks.

  • 7'

    The kick through from Am bounces awkwardly and the Sharks lead yet another attack. Dan Du Preez is held up.

  • 5'

    The Sharks manage to steal possession back after the line-out. A bit of a waste from the Lions. Robert Du Preez finds another good touch to put the Lions under pressure.

  • 3'

    The line-out leads to a scrum and what a shove from the Lions, to win a penalty at the scrum. Great work!

  • 2'

    Robert Du Preez finds a good touch and it's advantage Sharks in the first few minutes.

  • 1'

    We are off here in Johannesburg.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Lions and the Sharks, from Emirates Airlines Park.

  • 0'

    Despite losing their coach Johan Ackermann at the end of their last Super Rugby campaign, the Lions will still be confident after having won the last six encounters between these two teams.

  • 0'

    The Sharks will be very happy after their off season recruitment efforts bolstered their squad with the likes of Akker van der Merwe, Makazole Mapimpi and Robert du Preez Junior, who now joins his Father after moving from the Stormers.

  • 0'

    The last time the teams met the Lions beat the Sharks in the quarter-final here at this venue.

  • 0'

    Warren Whiteley returns from injury to boost and lead the Lions from the back of the scrum. Harold Vorster starts at centre alongside Lionel Mapoe. Courtnall Skosan is only expected back later this season and as a result Sylvian Mahuza and Aphiwe Dyantyi will form the wing combination.

  • 0'

    Robert du Preez Junior, will start at flyhalf for the Sharks with Lwazi Mvovo wearing the number 15 Jersey ahead of Curwin Bosch. Ruan Botha will skipper the side, while Philip van der Walt and Andre Esterhuizen also form start of the starting line-up, after returning from Japan.

  • 0'

    Elton Jantjies will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance this afternoon, while Jacques van Rooyen will play in his 50th game for the Lions.

  • 0'

    We have a late change for the Sharks, as Keegan Daniel will not start due to a stomach bug. Dan Du Preez will start at number eight.

  • 0'

    Our referee today is Glen Jackson.

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Lions Sharks
  • 4 Tries 3
    • 16' Lionel Mapoe
    • 21' Aphiwe Dyantyi
    • 51' Lionel Mapoe
    • 58' Kwagga Smith
    • 7' Robert du Preez
    • 41' Sibusiso Nkosi
    • 54' Makazole Mapimpi
  • 3 Conversions 2
    • 17' Elton Jantjies
    • 23' Elton Jantjies
    • 52' Elton Jantjies
    • 8' Robert du Preez
    • 55' Robert du Preez
  • 0 Penalties 0
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Marvin Orie
  • Franco Mostert
  • Kwagga Smith
  • Cyle Brink
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Ross Cronje
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • Harold Vorster
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Sylvian Mahuza
  • Andries Coetzee
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Juan Schoeman
  • Franco Marais
  • Thomas du Toit
  • Ruan Botha
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Phillip Van Der Walt
  • Jacques Vermeulen
  • Daniel du Preez
  • Cameron Wright
  • Robert du Preez
  • Makazole Mapimpi
  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • Lukhanyo Am
  • Sibusiso Nkosi
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Dylan Smith
  • Jacobie Adriaanse
  • Lourens Erasmus
  • Marnus Schoeman
  • Hacjivah Dayimani
  • Howard Mnisi
  • Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • John-Hubert Meyer
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Hyron Andrews
  • Tyler Paul
  • Grant Williams
  • Curwin Bosch
  • Jacobus Van Wyk

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