Lions 11 (6) vs Sharks 16 (6)
snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
Sharks take revenge for last year's Semi-Final
The Lions were cruising to victory against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, leading 11-9 with about five minutes to go in the match, but then through a sequence of stupid mistakes managed to hand the victory to the Sharks. First Jaco van Schalkwyk kicked the ball straight into touch to hand the Sharks field position, and then shortly afterwards Keegan Daniel ran through some poor tackles to score the winning try for the Sharks. The Sharks eventually won the match 16-11, but the Lions will kick themselves for not managing to close the game out in the last few minutes.
For the Lions:
Tries: Willem Alberts
Pens: Earl Rose(2)
For the Sharks:
Tries: Keegan Daniel
Cons: Ruan Pienaar
Pens: Ruan Pienaar(3)
Yellow card: None
Red card: None
Lions: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Heini Gordon, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12
Doppies la Grange, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8
Willem Alberts, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar(c), 5
Gerhard Mostert, 4
Dewald Senekal, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Gert Muller, 18
Anton van Zyl, 19 Justin Wheeler, 20 Chris Jonck, 21
Michael Killian, 22 Jaco van Schalkwyk.
Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Chris Jordaan, 13 Waylon
Bradley Barritt, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Scott
Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johan Muller(c), 4 Albert van
3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Skipper Badenhorst, 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Steven
Sykes, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Riaan Swanepoel, 22
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Touch judges: Francois Veldsman and Reuben Rossouw
TV Match Official: Johann Meuwesen