Lions 22 vs Sharks 21
Lions in nail-biting win
Sharks fail to upset the Lions at Ellis Park
The Lions scored a great win over the Sharks at Ellis Park on Saturday, scoring
their third and match winning try with about 4 minutes to go in the game, making
it three wins in a row for the home team.
The Lions started poorly when Cobus Grobbelaar fielded the Sharks kickoff close
to the touchline, but ran backwards into Enrico Januarie and got knocked over
the line. From the line-out the Sharks set up a ruck on the Lions 22 in the
middle of the field, from where the Lions conceded a penalty and Brent Russell
kicked the easy 3 point for the Sharks to lead 3-0.
In the 9th minute referee JC Fortuin made a huge mistake, not playing advantage
after a kick from Jaco van Schalkwyk, the kick from inside his 22 did not go
out, but the Sharks player failed to field the ball and fell over his own feet,
Wylie Human kicked it forward and went ahead to dot down under the posts, but
the Ref already blew his whistle before the Sharks player made the mistake.
On 13 minutes the Lions did go ahead, this from a Sharks knock on deep inside
the Lions half, the ball was hacked ahead by a Lions player, Wylie Human managed
to follow it up and kick it ahead again, then just outside the Sharks 22 Jaco
van Schalkwyk picked it up and passed to Jaco Pretorius on his left, who went
over for the try in the left corner. Rose missed the conversion, but the Lions
now leading 5-3.
22 minutes into the game the Sharks snatched
back the lead when Warren Britz scored their first try, this from a 5 meter
scrum after the Sharks were held up after driving over the try-line. The score
was now 8-5 for the Sharks.
Rose could have evened the score after 28 minutes with a penalty, but missed the
kick that most kickers would have kicked. Just afterwards the Lions had another
chance with a 5 meter scrum on the right side of the field, but the Sharks
defense held and the chance was lost.
The Lions then got a kickable penalty, but with Rose already having missed a
couple, they went for the line-out, which they drove up quite well, getting very
close to the try-line, and eventually thye ball came out to the left where Cobus
Grobbelaar with the help of Bertus Smit drove over for the try under the posts.
This time Rose was able to kick the easy conversion, the Lions lead 12-8.
the kickoff the Lions then conceded another penalty on their 22, Brent Russell
adding the 3 points to reduce the Lions lead to 12-11. This was in the 36th
minute, and was also the halftime score.
3 minutes into the second half Earl Rose kicked a difficult penalty from the
Sharks 10 meter line to make the Lions lead 15-11.
into the second half the Lions made a bad mistake from their own line-out just
outside the Sharks 22, where the ball went right down the backline standing
deep, but a handling error came and the Sharks kicked the ball forward, chasing
it, and with the Lions struggling to fall back Strauss eventually went over for
the try, but he missed the fairly easy conversion. The Sharks were in the lead
25 minutes into the 2nd half Rose missed another sitter of a penalty that would
have given the Lions the lead...
At this stage Esterhuizen, Bernard and Van der Merwe came on as replacements for
Harris then came on for van Schalkwyk with just ten minutes left, but
unfortunately the Sharks increased their lead with a great try, exploiting a bad
defensive error by the Lions with a huge overlap to the right, Keegan Daniel
scoring in the right corner. That made the Sharks lead 21-15.
Lions scored their best try of the night, from their own half and most players
involved in the move, Esterhuizen eventually scoring in the left corner, and
Harris getting the difficult conversion over to lead again 22-21.
Sharks then gave everythin in the last few minutes, but the Lions defense held
and that was the final score.
For the Lions:
Tries: Jaco Pretorius, Cobus Grobbelaar, Grant Esterhuizen
Cons: Earl Rose, Mark Harris
Pens: Earl Rose
For the Sharks:
Tries: Warren Britz, Francois Strauss, Keegan Daniel
Pens: Brent Russell 2
Yellow card: none
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Doppies la Grange, 11 Louis Ludik, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Enrico Januarie, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7
Cobus Grobbelaar, 6 Wikus van Heerden(capt), 5 Anton van Zyl,
4 Cobus Grobler, 3 Bertus Smit, 2 Ethienne Reynecke, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 James van der Walt, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18
Franco van der Merwe, 19 Roland Bernard, 20 Nicholas Eyre, 21 Grant Esterhuizen, 22
Sharks: 15. JP Pietersen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray,
12. Andries Strauss, 11. Brent Russell, 10. Bradley Barritt, 9. Scott Mathie, 8.
AJ Venter(c), 7. Jacques Botes, 6. Warren Britz, 5. Steven Sykes, 4. Wouter
Moore, 3. Danie Saayman, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Kees Lensing.
Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Robbie Harris, 18. Ryan
19. Keegan Daniel, 20. Sandile Nxumalo, 21. Gcobani Bobo, 22. Francois Steyn
Referee: JC Fortuin
Touch judges: Johan Meuwesen, Fumanekile Yamile
TV Match Official: Shaun Veldsman