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- 8th Mar 2014
- KO 17:10
- Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Sharks v Lions - Live
80 SHARKS 37-23 LIONS
80 CONVERSION, STEYN. 37-23. Steyn finishes the night with a 100% kicking record. That's full time, thanks for joining us, cheers!
79 TRY, SHARKS, COETZEE. 35-23. That's the bonus point for the Sharks! Marcell Coetzee crashes over at the back of a maul.
76 The Lions steal the line-out! But SP Marais finds the corner after collecting the clearance. Sharks still plying the pressure.
75 YELLOW CARD, LIONS, FOURIE. Corne Fourie gets sent to the bin for killing the ball on the deck just as Kankowski returns.
73 The Sharks win a penalty at the ruck on halfway. Steyn sends a huge penalty into the corner.
72 Can the Lions pull off a surprise here and sneak a draw? They're on top at scrum time that's for sure as they win another penalty.
70 CONVERSION, BOSHOFF. 30-23. It's a 7-point ball game!
68 TRY, LIONS, VAN RENSBURG. 30-21. The Lions maul it up, Boshoff sends a neat grubber through and van Rensburg pounces!
67 Sithole penalised for tackling De Klerk high. Another attacking line-out for the Lions is the result of the penalty.
66 CONVERSION, BOSHOFF 30.16. The Lions have their tails up.
65 TRY, LIONS, DE KLERK. 30-14. Faf de Klerk snipes around the corner of a scrum and dives over. The TMO gives the rubber stamp.
65 YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, KANKOWSKI. Side entry at the scrum after multiple warnings. We'll go to the TMO for a try decision.
64 Jean Deysel pulls the ball out of the hands of Willie Britz. Steyn clears but the Lions are right back on the attack from the next line-out.
62 Free kick against the Sharks scrum. The Lions take it quickly and are hammering away a few metres short...the ref playing advantage because the Sharks didn't retreat at the free kick.
61 Close call. The verdict goes against the Lions - scrum to the Sharks, 5m from their own line.
60 The TMO is called upon after the Lions break out from their own 22. Marais fails to negotiate a kick ahead. Botha and Steyn are in a foot race to the ball...who got there first?
58 Kankowski does brilliantly at the line-out once again to win the ball for his side near halfway. The Lions have no chance if they can't keep hold of the ball at set pieces.
56 Charl McLeod is penalised for offside, the Lions kick into the corner. They need a try here but once again lose possession at the line-out.
54 The Beast goes off and the Sharks scrum is penalised immediately, though it's on the tighthead side.
52 CONVERSION, STEYN. 30-9. One more try for the bonus point...
50 TRY, SHARKS, NDUNGANE. 28-9. Jantjies charges down Steyn but the ball bounces favourably for the Sharks fly-half. He feeds Marcell Coetzee, who bursts clear before offloading to Odwa Ndungane, who races home.
48 The Lions let an opportunity slip as the line-out throw goes over the top of Tecklenburg. Kankowski gathers and Steyn clears.
46 Willem Alberts tackles Faf de Klerk high. The Lions kick into the corner from the penalty.
44 The Lions throw it around like a hot potato until they get to halfway and one loose pass too many is knocked on. The Sharks can't hold on for much longer either and Boshoff sends a monster kick into touch on the Sharks 22.
43 Reinach tries to do too much and has the ball bumped from his hands as he looks for a fancy offload. Unnecessary...
42 The Sharks win a penalty from a maul. Steyn kicks for touch. Kanko takes the line-out and the Sharks set up the attack on the Lions' 22.
41 Elton Jantjies kicks us off for the second half. Can the Lions hang in?
40 SHARKS 23-9 LIONS
40 That's it for the first half. The Sharks go into the break with a healthy, deserved lead thanks to that moment of magic from Reinach.
39 CONVERSION, STEYN. 23-9. Easy extras for the home fly-half.
38 TRY, SHARKS, REINACH! 21-9. What a try! Reinach puts on a textbook display of sidestepping after a line-out, making Chrysander Botha look silly to score a brilliant solo try.
37 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF. 16-9. Cobus Reinach penalised for a side entry at a ruck. The Lions are still in this one.
34 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN. 16-6. Boom! Frans Steyn hits the target from halfway.
32 Play is stopped as the ref goes upstairs to check on a late hit from Ruan Combrinck. It's nothing hectic so just a simple penalty to the Sharks.
30 Pieter-Steph du Toit knocks on in the air to hand the Lions a scrum just inside the visitors' half. The Beast is penalised next at scrum time...a few too many mistakes from the Sharks.
26 Ryan Kankowski fields a ball in front of his try-line and passes to SP Marais. He does well with a clearance kick which sails into touch 10 metres inside the Lions' half.
24 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 13-6. Steyn extends the home side's lead with a sweetly-struck place-kick from about 45 metres out! This after Kriel breaks away from a maul and goes to ground but the Lions are penalised when several forwards go off their feet in an effort to clean out the ruck.
21 PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN! 10-6. Steyn succeeds with a three-pointer after Jaco Kriel is pinged for a ruck infringement.
19 The Sharks put more pressure on a Lions scrum. Faf de Klerk knocks on at the base which means the hosts get the put-in at the next set-piece.
16 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 7-6. Boshoff slots another two-pointer after Marcell Coetzee fails to release a tackled player.
14 Bismarck du Plessis is pinned just outside his 22 by three defenders. They manage to hold him up and when the maul becomes static, it's the visitors' put-in at the scrum.
12 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 7-3. Marnitz Boshoff opens the Lions' account, from the kicking tee, after Bismarck du Plessis is penalised for an infringement at a ruck.
9 CONVERSION, SHARKS, STEYN! 7-0. Steyn adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!
8 TRY, SHARKS, JORDAAN! 5-0. The Sharks win a turnover and spread the ball wide to Lwazi Mvovo, who kicks ahead! the ball bounces kindly for Paul Jordaan, who crashes over for the opening try!
7 Steyn spots a gap behind the Lions' defence and kicks for territory. He is outside his 22 and his effort is over-cooked and sails directly into touch.
4 The Lions get the put-in to the first scrum but the Sharks forwards show their class as they push their opponents off the ball and launch an attack just outside the visitors' 22.
1 And we're off! Frans Steyn, who is a late replacement at fly-half for Pat Lambie gets us off with a deep kick which the Lions gather inside their 22. They return that kick with interest with a kick of their own upfield. with Steyn at 10 it means that Heimar Williams starts at inside centre and Fred Zeilinga comes onto the bench.
The big news from the Lions camp is that Elton Jantjies will start at fly-half after recovering from a shoulder injury. His return means Lions boss Johan Ackermann has reshuffled his back-line with Marnitz Boshoff shifting to full-back. Chrysander Botha, who was in the number 15 jersey in last weekend's loss to the Bulls, starts at left wing while Ruan Combrinck moves across to right wing in place of Deon van Rensburg, who takes over from JW Jonker at outside centre. In the forwards, Ackermann has opted largely for consistency, making just one change in the front row. Willie Wepener comes into the starting line-up at hooker, as Robbie Coetzee shifts to the bench. Amongst the replacements, Corne Fourie provides cover at prop will look to make his Super Rugby debut.
The Sharks have named the same matchday squad for the third consecutive weekend. Bismarck du Plessis leads the men from Durban into battle. They had a bye last weekend after opening wins against the Bulls and Hurricanes.
Hello and welcome to Kings Park Stadium in Durban for this South African Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Sharks, and the Lions. The Sharks are unbeaten after two matches and return to action after last weekend's bye. The visitors suffered their first loss last weekend after impressive victories in their two opening matches. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (16:55 GMT)
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