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Lions 11 (6) vs Sharks 16 (6)

Lions 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.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
 Willem Alberts    
Earl Rose(2)          

For the Sharks:
 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 Murray, 12 Bradley Barritt, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Ruan Pienaar, 9 Scott Mathie 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johan Muller(c), 4 Albert van den Berg, 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 Andries Strauss.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan 
Touch judges: Francois Veldsman and Reuben Rossouw
TV Match Official:
  Johann Meuwesen

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