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|Home team||Away Team|
|25 - 31||
Full time score 25-31. The celebrations from the Sharks shows what this victory means to them! A great victory for the coastal side away from home to take them to the top of the table with just two matches to play! The game could have gone either way after the home side fought their way back into the game after the Sharks opening blitz. Unfortunately the Lions failed to take advantage of opportunities when it counted and will be disappointed to have only got the 1 point out of the match.
80 The Lions throw everything at the Sharks who defend well. They go wide but the pass to Guy Cronje is not great and he fails to keep it in play! The Sharks win the Line out and clear to win the match! What a game of rugby!
78 The set up the maul successfully and drive over the line! The Lions are begging him to use the TMO and he opts for this as they go upstairs now.
77 The set up the maul successfully and drive over the line! The Lions are begging him to use the TMO and he opts for this as they go upstairs now.
76 The Lions are on the attack again and looking dangerous! They get close to the line before the Sharks steal the ball illegally! Decisions here for the home side. Easy three points on offer with time to score again...they opt for a line out!
74 The Lions fail to score from the line out as the Sharks clear. They lose the ball yet again after another line out...and then get penalized at the resulting scrum. Wasted opportunity for the Lions.
71 Replacement Monde Hadebe infringes at the breakdown to concede a penalty within kicking range. They opt for the line out clearly targeting the bonus point try!
69 CONVERSION, ZEILINGA, 25-31. Zeilinga makes no mistake with the kick.
68 TRY, SHARKS, REINACH, 25-29. Reinach snipes through after a good maul from the Sharks forwards. He shows plenty of toe and a great step to beat Janke to go under the poles for a try!
66 Marnitz Boshoff misses the conversion. Game on here at Ellis Park!
66 TRY, LIONS, KRIEL, 25-24. Brothers Guy and Ross Cronje seem to be getting the Lions going forward a bit more. After several waves of attack, the impressive Jaco Kriel breaks through for a great try!
59 The pace of the match is starting to take its toll on some of the players as we break for players cramping. This game could go either way as we head into the last quarter!
59 Good work from the Sharks forwards again as they turnover the Lions ball just outside the hosts 22. They go wide for Mvovo who carries up strongly. The Lions forwards work hard to win a scrum by keeping mvovo up.
54 Good work from Mtembu at the breakdown gets the Sharks a penalty. Zeilinga puts a great touch kick out just before the Lions try line. Unfortunately for the Sharks, Kyle Cooper's throw is not straight and the pressure is relieved for the Lions.
50 TRY, SHARKS, MARAIS, 20-24. The Sharks use turnover to attack. McLeod shows great pace to make a gap and passes beautifully inside to SP Marais to score and take them back in the lead!
48 Great play from the Lions through Whitely who makes a good break! Janke eventually gets the ball out wide but gets bundled into touch! Good early signs from the Lions.
45 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 20-19. This man can do anything! Great strike from the young flyhalf to close the gap!
44 The Sharks have won a penalty due to an illegal entry by a Lions player at the ruck. Zeilinga is about 54m with a nit of an angle but he's going to have a shot!
43 The Lions spoil an early opportunity by knocking the ball on. Sharks will have a scrum in their own 22m. They are under pressure at scrum time but manage to clear successfully.
41 Jantjies restarts the match with a deep kick. Mthembu knocks on to give the Lions an early attacking scrum!
40 Halftime score 20-16 to the Lions. A great spectacle of rugby as both teams played some expansive running rugby. The Sharks brought loads of intensity and pace to the match especially through Fred Zeilinga to take an early lead. The Lions finally managed to get their heads in the game after the first 20min and managed to play some decent rugby to score two tries of their own. It will be interesting to see if the teams keep up the pace in the second half or whether they opt to play more strategically.
40 Sharks get penalized at scrum time. The Lions kick into touch to take us to halftime! What a first 40min of rugby!
39 Another great play from that man Zeilinga. He takes on two forwards, frees his arms and offloads to McLeod. He carries it forward before giving a forward pass to Ndungane.
38 CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES, 20-16. Jantjies extends the lead for the home side.
37 Lions on the attack again and Justin Downey infringes again to give away a penalty. Its just out of Jantjies range and they have opted for a line out instead.
35 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 13-16. Great kick from Elton to get the Lions within close range of the Sharks.
34 Lions fight back with some running rugby of their own! Finally Downey infringes and gets penalized. This game is being played at a frantic pace, not sure if they'll be able to keep this up. The ref has gone to the TMO to have a closer look at a Sharks player who may get further disciplined...
32 Great run from Ndungane who makes a half break and then offloads beautifully for Whitehead. He finds support in Charl McCleod who goes to ground. Lions win a penalty at the breakdown to get out of trouble!
30 SP Marais puts a great grubber through out into the 22m of the Lions. Clever tactical kick to put pressure on the hosts! The Sharks win the line out and are once again attacking in the Lions 22m! Zeilinga goes for a third drop goal but just misses!
28 That try has brought the Lions back into this game! Tonight has certainly been a spectacle already, both teams playing very positively!
26 CONVERSION, JANTJIES, 10-16. Jantjies adds the two to close the gap!
25 TRY, LIONS, MINNIE, 8-16. A good chip kick from Jantjies is collected by Ross Cronje to get the Lions some momentum. Volmink does well to create a 2 on 1 to put Minnie away for a try for the home side!
24 The Lions finally get a chance to run with the ball. Derick Minnie eventually knocks on! Feels like the Lions are just chasing the game at the moment.
21 PENALTY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 3-16. That's a full house for Zeilinga. He's scored in all possible manners within the first quarter of the match. Easy stuff.
20 The Sharks are continuing there dominance as they seem to be full of running tonight! The Sharks playing total rugby using all 15 men! Another good scrum from the Sharks results in a penalty in Zeilinga's range.
17 The Sharks are on fire tonight! Another great passage of play from them leads to good field possession. The Lions infringe at the breakdown and Zeilinga will have a shot at goal. The attempt just goes wide! Lions need to answer some serious questions here.
15 CONVERSION, ZELINGA, 3-13. Zeilinga adds to his tally!
14 TRY, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 3-11. Zeilinga shows and goes beating the Lions rush defense! He offloads to a support runner who takes contact and offloads it back to zeilinga to round off a superb try for the Sharks! The Lions are stunned!
12 DROPGOAL, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 3-6. Freddie Zeilinga makes a half break off an attacking scrum and offloads to Odwa Ndungane to continue the play. They crash it up once more with the forwards, before Zeilinga receives it in the pocket and slots his second drop of the night!
7 The Sharks get really to the try line through some powerful runs with the forwards. The Lions manage to turnover the ball and clear out of trouble through Marnitz Boshoff!
5 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES, 3-3. Jantjies makes no mistake with his first attempt.
4 Lions with a great comeback off the kickoff. The build a few phases towards the Sharks line with a powerful run from Andries Coetzee. They eventually get held up over the line but go back for advantage. Jantjies will have a chance to level the score.
3 DROP GOAL, SHARKS, ZEILINGA, 0-3. Fred Zeilinga gets the ball just outside the 22m and slots a great dropkick attempt to give the Sharks the early lead!
1 The Sharks get us underway tonight through Fred Zeilinga. Ross Cronje starts with a shocker of a pass but Elton Jantjies does well to recover and find a decent clearance.
Lions news: In the pack, Chris van Zyl comes in at second row for Stephan Greef. Warren Whiteley has also recovered from a hip injury to return to the starting XV at number eight at the expense of Warwick Tecklenburg. This sees captain Derick Minnie move to the blindside flank. Saturday's backline remains unaltered, but Willie Britz earns a spot on the bench having overcome a shoulder strain, alongside Grant Janke, who also provides cover among the substitutes.
Sharks news: Openside flanker Marcel Coetzee and second-row Pieter-Steph Du Toit have been called-up for Springbok duty, and are replaced by Justin Downey and young lock Stephan Lewies respectively. Lewies makes his debut for the province.
Good evening and welcome to Ellis park for our round 8 Currie Cup clash! Tonight features The Golden Lions and The Sharks. Team news to follow shortly.
|Friday 21st March|
|19:45||Worcester vs Wasps|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|17:30||London Irish vs Bath|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|14:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|Friday 28th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 29th March|
|15:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 30th March|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Worcester|
|Friday 11th April|
|19:45||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 12th April|
|15:00||Worcester vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Bath|
|Sunday 13th April|
|14:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 23rd February|
|Saracens 23 - 10 Exeter|
|Newcastle 16 - 22 Northampton|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Leicester|
|Saturday 22nd February|
|Worcester 12 - 24 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 32 - 25 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Sunday 16th February|
|Leicester 11 - 8 Gloucester|
|Saturday 15th February|
|Exeter 23 - 27 Bath|
|Wasps 20 - 23 London Irish|
|Northampton 30 - 14 Worcester|
|Harlequins 18 - 14 Newcastle|
|Friday 14th February|
|Sale Sharks 10 - 15 Saracens|
|Sunday 9th February|
|Harlequins 11 - 10 Wasps|
|Saturday 8th February|
|Exeter 16 - 17 Northampton|
|Saracens 13 - 22 London Irish|
|Bath 24 - 6 Newcastle|
|Friday 7th February|
|Sale Sharks 24 - 19 Gloucester|
|Worcester 22 - 23 Leicester|
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