Lions 8 (3) vs Sharks 16 (16)
lose another at home
Sharks continue their unbeaten run
The Sharks beat the Lions 16-8 at Ellis
Park on Saturday, both teams scoring only one try and the difference between the
teams three penalties from Rory Kockott. Rain started falling 20 minutes into
the game, but both teams still ran the ball and it didn't look like the rain
affected play too much. Both teams had plenty more scoring opportunities, and
need to work on finishing those chances.
Francois Steyn started the match
from the halfway line and immediately made a mistake by kicking it out on the
full, giving the Lions a scrum on the halfway line.
The teams spent the 1st five minutes between the
two 22 meter lines, and the first mistake came from the Lions, when Jano Vermaak
kicked a box kick and Cobus Grobbelaar chased from an offside position. Rory Kockott
added the three points from the penalty to put the Sharks in the early lead.
The Lions got a penalty of their
own just two minutes later when the Sharks went offside, this on the Sharks ten
meter line, and Jaco van Schalkwyk equalled the scores with the penalty.
13 minutes into the game the Lions set up a great
chance when Cobus Grobbelaar stole a ball at the breakdown where Pietersen got
tackled after breaking inside, the Lions kicked the ball behind the defending
Sharks players and although Stefan Terblanche got to the ball first, all he
could do was run it over the line and give the Lions a five meter lineout.
Unfortunately at this lineout Ross Geldenhuys looked like he head-butted Albert
van den Berg at a ruck, and he was yellow carded. JC van Rensburg was on for
Ross in the scrums during his yellow card.
The Sharks then set up a great
attack from their own half, running the ball out to the left with most players
in the team handling, and then hitting right again, and the desperate Lions
defence just catching them on the Lions try-line, but at the ruck BJ Botha still
managed to power over for the try. Kockott's kick went over after hitting the
right upright, the Sharks in a 10-3 lead.
21 minutes into the game the Sharks broke the
Lions defence again, and got to within 10 meters of the Lions line, where the
Lions conceded a penalty at the scrum the Sharks opted for after getting a free
kick. Kockott kicked the easy penalty and the Sharks now leading 13-3.
5 minutes later a heavy downpour
started, something that could have a bad effect on the handling in the match,
which has been okay up to this stage.
32 minutes into the game the Lions were awarded
another penalty after a deliberate knock down of the ball at a ruck, but Jaco
van Schalkwyk pushed the kick right and the score remained 13-3 for the Sharks.
The Lions were blown for obstruction just before
the break, just inside the Sharks half, and Kockott kicked the 51 meter kick for
the Sharks to go into a 16-3 lead at the break.
The Lions had an early chance in the second half,
Joe van Niekerk ran the ball from the back of the scrum in Sharks territory, and
broke through a few tackles, and then the Lions brought the ball to the right,
deep inside the Sharks 22, when the ball came out, Jaco van Schalkwyk kicked the
ball cross-field, and all Rayno Benjamin had to do was catch the ball and fall
over for the try, but he knocked it on, and a great opportunity lost for the
JC van Rensburg
replaced Ross Geldenhuys after the break, and Franco van der Merwe was also on
for Mostert now.
conceded a penalty 12 minutes into the 2nd half when he obstructed Terblanche
after a kick ahead, but luckily for the Lions Kockott pushed the kick to the
right. Jannie Boshoff on for Benjamin at this stage.
18 minutes into the 2nd half Willem Alberts
replaced Joe van Niekerk, who had a decent game.
4 minutes later another half chance from nothing
for the Lions, Jaco van Schalkwyk kicking a grubber behind the Sharks backline,
and Walter Venter managed to get to the ball first, he quickly got back to his
feet and got to deep inside the Sharks half where he was tackled before he could
find support, and the move broke down.
With just 8 minutes to go in the match the Lions
came close to scoring, they broke out of their own 22 with Jannie Boshoff
finding a gap, and then the ball went through the hands of a few players,
eventually the backline hit right, Jaco Pretorius running for the corner, but he
lost the ball in the tackle from Kankowski.
The Lions were now doing all the attacking,
camping in the 22 meter area of the Sharks, and eventually Franco van der Merwe
went over in the left corner after the Lions put up quite a few phases. Jaco van
Schalkwyk missed the kick so the Sharks now leading 16-8. Unfortunately for the
Lions time ran out, and that was also the final score.
For the Lions:
Tries: Franco van der Merwe
Pens: Jaco van Schalkwyk
For the Sharks:
Tries: BJ Botha
Cons: Rory Kockott
Pens: Rory Kockott(3)
Yellow card: Ross Geldenhuys(13m)
Red card: none
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Walter Venter, 11 Ryno Benjamin, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joe van
Niekerk, 7 Ernst Joubert(c), 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Anton Van Zyl, 4 Gerhard Mostert, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Chris Jonck, 21
Rudi Vogt, 22 Jannie Boshoff.
Sharks: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13.
Waylon Murray, 12. Bradley Barritt, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Francois Steyn, 9.
Rory Kockott, 8.
Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jacques Botes, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Johan Muller(c), 4.
Albert van den Berg, 3. BJ Botha, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. AJ Venter, 19. Jean
Deysel, 20. Ruan Pienaar, 21. Frederic Michalak, 22. Adrian Jacobs.
Referee: Mark Lawrence (SA)
Touch judges: Joey Salmans (SA) and Francois Veldsman (SA)
TV Match Official: Shaun Veldsman (SA)