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The Lions look to attack as they run down the flank, but they lose the ball and The Sharks kick it out to signal the end of the game.
Marius Joubert and Julian Redelinghuys are on, having replaced Meyer Bosman and Wiehahn Herbst. The Lions have kicked a penalty to the corner and look to attack off the lineout. However, they fail to close out.
The Sharks have made a couple of changes with Cobus Reinach and Jandre Marais replacing Charl McLeod and Anton Bresler respectively.
The Lions have conceded a penalty at the kick-off and The Sharks kick to touch and attack off the lineout. Jean Deysel is fed the ball and he powers 10m with players clinging on for dear life, but his simply too strong as he manages to get himself over the tryline for the third Sharks try. Bosman is on song with the boot as he adds the two.
Cobus Grobbelaar is at the back of a rolling maul as the Lions score their second try, converted by James.
Meyer Bosman has made a great break through the defence to put his team on the front foot. Francois Kleinhans comes close before the ball is spread wide and Odwa Ndungane is over. The TMO is called to adjudicate and after a couple of checks is happy with the try. The conversion from wide out is perfect from Bosman.
Sithole makes good moments later as The Sharks attack with venom and he hands off the defender and dives over another's attempted tackle to score in the corner. The touchline conversion is good.
Nothing is going right for The Sharks as Riaan Viljoen makes a great break and offloads to Sithole who can't hold on with an almost certain try looming.
The second half gets going with the Lions throwing crooked at the first lineout and then conceding a free kick at the scrum. The Sharks attack at pace and work themselves into the Lions half where they earn a penalty just inside the 22 and right in front. It's no trouble and The Sharks are in front.
The Sharks are back on attack before the Lions are in trouble as they lose lock Hendrik Roodt to the sin bin for cynical play at the breakdown. From 46m out Bosman will look to put his team in front, but as the ball flies through the air, the half-time hooter sounds, the kick is short and the Lions hoof the ball into touch.
There is a flurry of action as The Sharks manage to work their way deep into Lions territory. The medical staff are getting a full work out as both teams have players receiving attention.
Mark Lawrence has ordered Viljoen off the field as he is not looking good and Marius Joubert comes on with Meyer Bosman shifting to flyhalf. The Sharks hammer away before earning a penalty 30m out which Meyer Bosman will look to convert. Viljoen has been afforded the time to assess for concussion and he is back on the field. Bosman has converted in the mean time.
The Sharks have a penalty when the Lions players go off their feet and Jean Deysel leaves the field with blood, replaced by Tera Mtembu. But they lose the ball on attack.
The Sharks are on attack and earn a penalty which Charl McLeod taps and goes quickly to make 20m. The ball is loose and Viljoen dives at it and gets kicked in the face but he's OK after treatment. Sharks scrum from 25m out but they concede a scrum.
The Lions reecive further attention once more at a scrum, this time it's a Sharks scrum in their 22.
The scrum goes down and The Sharks have conceded a penalty try. Butch James converts from in front.
The Sharks look to be in trouble as the Lions make a good break from a scrum 30m out, only for S'Bura Sithole to race across the field to make a try-saving tackle. It's a Sharks scrum and for the second scrum in a row, Franco van der Merwe forces time off as he receives medical attention.
There is some air being given to the ball, Odwa Ndungane doing very well to field one ball. The Lions kick one ball directly out and The Sharks look to attack off the lineout. They earn a penalty 45m out when Louis Ludik is tackled high and will look to put The Sharks into an early lead. It's hard and low and somehow maintains its shape to soar through the uprights!
The Lions kick off, The Sharks field and look to bash it out of their 22. Unfortunately there is a forward pass in it and the Lions have a scrum. They look to run it and then get blown for a forward pass of their own.
Welcome to a cool Mr Price KINGS PARK where the Sharkettes and Flasher Girls have just wowed the crowd with their new routines. We're almost ready for kick-off and there are no changes to either side.
S'Bura Sithole, Odwa Ndungane, Jean Deysel
Penalty Try, Cobus Grobbelaar
Meyer Bosman (3)
Butch James (2)
Meyer Bosman (3)
Jean Deysel (capt)
| Franco v/d Merwe|
|JC Janse van Rensburg (capt) |
|Francois du Toit|
|CJ van der Linde|