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Sharks 33 Golden Lions 25
80 The Sharks kick for touch after Britz's offence and from the line-out inside the Lions' 22 they launch an attack, in a bid to clinch their try-scoring bonus point. At a ruck, however, Reinach knocks on and the referee blows the final whistle. The hosts are victorious and despite not gaining the bonus point will be happy with the victory. The game could have gone either way though as the Lions were dominant for large periods as well. In the end though, the hosts were more focused and deserve their win.
80 The Lions attack from 15 metres inside the Sharks' half and Volmink is put in the clear! He draws a defender before offloading to Crysander Botha who gets over the line. The referee consults his TMO, however, and he rules that Willie Britz gathered the ball from an offside position, in the build-up.
78 The Sharks try to launch a drive from a line-out, on the edge of the Lions' 22. They make little headway and when the maul becomes static the Lions are awarded the put-in at the scrum.
75 CONVERSION, SHARKS, ZEILINGA. 33-25. Zeilinga adds the extras to extend the Sharks' lead!
74 TRY, SHARKS, MARAIS! 31-25. SP Marais gathers a wayward pass from Robert De Bruin inside the Lions' 22 and gets in under the uprights!
73 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA! 26-25. Fred Zeilinga holds his nerve and adds another three-pointer to put the hosts back in front. This after Volmink is penalised for being offside on defence.
69 Cobus Reinach is pinned for a crooked feed at a scrum and the Lions go onto the attack. They are soon penalised though when several of their forwards are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck, close to the halfway mark. James puts the ball into touch 10 metres inside the Lions' 22.
67 PENALTY, GOLDEN LIONS, JANTJIES! 23-25. Jantjies puts the visitors back in front after Fred Zelinga is blown up for straying offside.
65 Jantjies glides through a gap inside the Sharks' 22 and offloads to Hugo Kloppers! He sets off towards the line but Jean Deysel halts his progress with a desperate tackle.
62 Boshoff runs onto a pass from Dylan des Fountain and beats the cover defence before touching down! The referee checks with his TMO, who rules that CJ van de Linde took out a defender, off-the-ball, in the build-up. The try is disallowed and the hosts are awarded a penalty. James puts the kick out 10 metres from the halfway line.
59 Dale Chadwick and Craig Burden are penalised for illegal scrummaging at a set-pice five metres from the Lions' try-line. Jantjies kicks for touch and puts the ball out 15 metres outside his 22.
56 Mvovo gathers a wayward Lions pass and boots the ball upfield! He gives chase but Volmink gathers the ball in front of his try-line and runs it into touch.
54 The Lions try to attack from a line-out midway between the Sharks' 22 and the halfway mark but Robbie Coetzee's throw-in is crooked and the Sharks gain a reprieve.
51 PENALTY, SHARKS, JAMES! 23-22. James regains the lead for the hosts, after Ruan Dreyer is pinned for an infringement at a maul.
49 TRY, GOLDEN LIONS, KRIEL! 20-22. Jaco Kriel gathers apass from Deon Helberg, 10 metres outside the Sharks' 22. Kriel puts through a chip kick over Mvovo's head and regathers before touching down! Jantjies misses the conversion attempt but the visitors are back in front!
48 The Sharks try to launch a drive from a line-out inside their 22. They make little headway and McLeod eventually launches an up-and under which Volmink gathers before offloading to Boshoff, who tries to launch a counter-attack. He makes little progress, however, as James halts his progress with a big tackle.
46 The Lions attack from inside their half and Guy Cronje stabs a grubber kick through which rolls into touch just outside the Sharks' 22.
43 The Sharks attack from a scrum 15 metres inside the Lions' half but lose possession when Mvovo knocks on.
41 Jantjies gets the second half underway! James gathers his kick and offloads to SP Marais, who boots it into touch 10 metres inside the Lions' half.
Sharks 20 Golden Lions 17
40 The Sharks go on the drive at a line-out just outside their 22. When the hooter sounds, the ball comes out to Charl McLeod, who boots it into touch. It's been an entertaining affair and the home side have certainly fought back bravely after the Lions dominated early on. The Sharks will start the second half with 14 men, however, and it will be interesting to see how that affects the rest of the match.
39 The Sharks win a turnover, after a Lions maul goes awry in side the hosts' 22. The ball comes out to Mvovo, who kicks upfield but his effort goes directly into touch!
37 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, NDUNGANE! The referee checks with the TMO for an incident of foul play. The fourth official reports that Odwa Ndungane has executed a dangerous high tackle on Elton Jantjies and recommends that he be sent off for his offence. Boshoff puts the resulting penalty out just outside the Sharks' 22.
35 Boshoff launches a kick upfield, behind the head of Odwa Ndungane. The Sharks veteran drops back and does well to put the ball out, 15 metres inside the Lions' half.
32 CONVERSION, SHARKS, JAMES. 20-17. James adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!
31 TRY, SHARKS, WILLIAMS! 18-17. Heimar Williams runs onto a pass from James, close to the Lions' try-line, and straightens the line. He is stopped in front of the line by Helberg but the Sharks centre twists and turns and is over the line! The referee checks with the TMO who awards the try!
29 The Sharks are on the attack at a scrum close to the Lions' try-line. Once again, Van Rooyen is penalised for a scrum infringement but, again, they turn down the three points and opt to take another scrum!
27 Jacques Van Rooyen is pinned for illegal scrummaging, just outside the Lions' 22. James takes a quck tap penalty and offloads to Lwazi Mvovo! The speedster makes little headway, however, as Deon Helberg brings him to ground just inside the Lions' 22.
25 Kyle Cooper is penalised for playing the ball on the ground, in side the Lions' 22. Jantjies kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres from the halfway mark.
23 CONVERSION, SHARKS, JAMES. 13-17. James reduces the deficit to four points as he adds the extras.
22 TRY, SHARKS, STANDER! 11-17. Brynard Stander picks up and goes at a ruck, close to the Lions' line, and swivels over before touching down!
20 CONVERSION, GOLDEN LIONS, JANTJIES. 6-17. Jantjies adds another two-pointer to push his side further in front.
19 TRY, GOLDEN LIONS, VOLMINK! 6-15. Volmink intercepts a skip pass from Heimar Williams and sets off on a 40-metre run before scoring his second try under the posts!
16 The Lions are on the attack, 10 metres inside the Sharks' half, but Hugo Kloppers is pinned for side-entry at a ruck. James puts the resulting penalty out five metres outside the Lions' 22.
14 PENALTY, SHARKS, JAMES. 6-10. James narrows the gap after Kriel is again penalised for infringing at a ruck.
12 CONVERSION, GOLDEN LIONS, JANTJIES. 3-10. Jantjies adds the easy two-pointer to extend his side's lead.
11 TRY, GOLDEN LIONS, VOLMINK! 3-8. James puts through a chip kick which Marnitz Boshoff gathers in front of his try-line. He offloads to Anthony Volmink, who beats the first line of defence and sets off on a 75 metre run before scoring under the posts! What a try!
9 PENALTY, SHARKS, JAMES. 3-3. Butch James draws the hosts level after Jaco Kriel fails to roll away at a ruck.
6 PENALTY, GOLDEN LIONS, JANTJIES. 0-3. Elton Jantjies opens the scoring from the kicking tee, after Tera Mtembu infringes at a ruck.
4 The Lions are awarded a penalty in front of the posts but opt to run the ball! They're on the attack close to the Sharks' try-line but SP Marais does brilliantly to hold up a maul and when it becomes static, the hosts regain possession at the resulting scrum.
2 James knocks on, just in front of his 22, and the visitors have a chance to attack from a scrum.
Kick-off Butch James gets us underway! Derick Minnie gathers and sets up a ruck on the edge of the Lions' 22.
Former Kings full-back SP Marais will get his first run out for the Sharks in this match. Marais linked up with his new team late last week and a hamstring strain to Sizo Maseko sees him elevated into the starting XV. In the only other change to the team that suffered a shock loss to Griquas, Heimar Williams starts at inside centre after Tim Whitehead was ruled out due to rib and ankle injuries.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made one injury-enforced change to his side that lost to the Cheetahs in their opener last weekend, with three further tactical alterations. Centre Nicolaas Hanekom has been ruled out of action for a month after picking up a shoulder and knee injury against the Cheetahs. Robert de Bruyn will wear the number 13 jersey in place of Hanekom. Elton Jantjies comes into the team at fly-half, with last week's number ten Marnitz Boshoff switching to full-back in place of Crysander Botha. Among the forwards, Jaco Kriel comes in for Warwick Tecklenburg on the flank while Chris van Zyl replaces Stephan Greeff at lock.
Hello and welcome to Kings Park Stadium in Durban for this Currie Cup hit out between our hosts, the Sharks, and the Golden Lions. We'll return shortly with team news.
|Friday 20th December|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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