LIVE

    Whiteley: It was like a Test match

    2017-04-03 10:48

    Johannesburg - It was undoubtedly the game of the weekend, and the Lions' 34-29 win over the Sharks on Saturday has set the standard for high-profile South African derbies for the rest of the season. 

    A late Jaco Kriel try secured the points for the hosts, but it was a match that was electric from start to finish, thanks largely to the vocal Ellis Park crowd. 

    There were little battles all over the park - Curwin Bosch v Elton Jantjies, Cobus Reinach v Faf de Klerk - but in the end it was the hosts who would leave with the bragging rights. 

    Lions skipper Warren Whiteley, speaking after the clash, spoke about the intensity of the match. 

    "We spoke about it afterwards and it was very much like a Test match sort of game, tactically," said Whiteley. 

    "Both teams were trying to win that kicking contest to get territory and once both teams were in the opposition half then that's when they would launch their attacks.

    "We knew that's what the Sharks would look to do. We probably played a bit wide too quickly in the beginning and weren't as direct as we wanted to be.

    "It was a hell of a game ... thoroughly enjoyable."

    The Lions were 13-3 down at one stage, and Whiteley praised his side's composure to come back.

    "That's where experience comes in. We managed to stay calm in that situation and that to me is really pleasing ... to see the senior players step up. We slowly started building towards 80 minutes," he said.

    "It wasn't pretty, we weren't at our best, but really proud of the boys to get the victory."

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Results

    04 August 2018
    28 July 2018
    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Lions (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Stormers
    • Bulls

    Opinion Poll

    Who will win the 2018 Rugby Championships?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.