The Lions say that they need to win this weekend to get their confidence back and also to get their campaign back on track after so much early promise.
We are waiting for the kick off. There is a late change for the Lions. Andre Pretorius is out and Elton Jantjies is in.
The match is underway.
1.00: Strong running start from the Sharks.
3.00: Penalty to the Lions. Elton Jantjies takes the kick at goal. He shaves the posts but its good.
7.00: Penalty to the Sharks. The kick hits the posts and bounces to Bismarck du Plessis who drives forward but the Lions hold the Sharks out.
11.00: Charl McLeod tries to run off the back of the scrum but he is called back for a penalty to the Lions. Possession at 54 % for the Sharks.
14.00: The Sharks get some good continuity in attack. They put together 8 phases and then Louis Ludik receives a pop pass from Stefan Terblanche and races away to score in the corner. TRY!!
16.00: Jaques Louis Potgieter takes the conversion kick but misses from the touchline.
17.00: Danger for the Lions as the Sharks kick the ball ahead and chase. The Lions just get back in time to stop the try.
21.00: Lots of aerial ping pong as both teams testing each other out at the back.
22.00: Penalty to the Sharks. It is in their half so they kick for touch.
25.00: Penalty to the Sharks. Jacques-Louis Potgieter takes the kick at the posts and misses. Thats three from three (in misses).
30.52: James Kamana is injured so he comes off and is replaced by Jaco Taute. Kamana's leg looks bad and has to be taken off on the buggy. It takes about six or seven minutes to sort him out.
32.00: The Lions make an error and the Sharks pounce. JP Pietersen makes a lot of ground and Willem Alberts comes up in support and reaches for the line and scores.
33.00: Meyer Bosman takes over the kicking and slots the conversion.
35.00: Meyer Bosman has just taken over the kicking but is now injured and has been replaced by Adi Jacobs.
40.18: The siren goes and the Sharks are on attack. J-L Potgieter kicks across field for JP Pietersen who catches the ball and races away and scores in the corner - all he had to do was a little hand off. TRY!!
41.00: J-L Potgieter takes the conversion but misses. It's half time.
The half time score was Sharks 17 Lions 3
The second half is underway.
42.0: The match is a bit of an armwrestle early on. The referee tells Bandise Maku to "go down only when I say go down" as the scrums are struggling.
45.00: The Lions have brought on Andre Pretorius. Former Shark Rory Kockott comes on for Jano Vermaak.
48.00: Penalties conceded Lions 7 Sharks 8
50.00: We have just heard that James Kamana has been taken to hospital with a broken ankle. Thats probably the end of his season.
52.00: Pretorius sends the ball well downfield. Ndungane takes the ball and the Sharks attack.J-L Potgieter's pass to Terblanche is forward.
57.00: Andre Pretorius plays the ball on the ground which gives the Sharks a penalty. J-L Potgieter takes the kick and nails it.
61.00: The Lions are awarded a penalty so Rory Kockott takes the kick .....he knows these posts well...... and slices it.
65.00:Lions set up and then win a line out in the Sharks 25. The ball comes out slowly. They recycle and recycle again and Deon van Rensburg gets smothered and he knocks on.
70.00: Lions are strugglin in most areas. They lack all the intensity they showed in the early season.
74.00: Jacques-Loius Potgieter tries to run the ball out of the Sharks 25. He is caught and recycles. The Sharks have realised that they can get a bonus point and are running a lot more.
77.00: The Sharks kick for the corner to have one last stab at scoring the bonus point try.
78.00: Sharks banging away at the line but the Lions hold them out until Terblanche knocks on with the try line ahead.
79.00: Lions win the scrum from Terblanche's knock on. They try to run the ball but the Sharks turn it over. As they attack the Sharks win a penalty. They kick for touch.
80.00: Sharks win the line out. They run at the Lions. Again and again until we are called back for a penalty. Charl McLeod takes the quick tap and dives over ....we go upstairs.
81.00: The try is awarded. J-L potgieter slots the conversion and thats it. Sharks win.
The full time score is Sharks 27 Lions 3
Tries - L Ludik, W Alberts, JP Pietersen, C McLeod
Pen - J-L Potgieter
Con - M Bosman, J-L Potgieter
Pen - E Jantjies
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referee: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee (South Africa)
Sharks 1. John Smit (Captain) , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 3. Eugene van Staden , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Gerhard Mostert , 6. Keegan Daniel , 7. Willem Alberts , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter , 11. JP Pietersen , 12. Meyer Bosman , 13. Stefan Terblanche , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 15. Louis Ludik
Replacements , 16. Tendai Mtawarira , 17. Jannie du Plessis , 18. Ross Skeate , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Conrad Hoffmann , 21. Adrian Jacobs , 22. Lwazi Mvovo
Lions :James Kamana, Lionel Mapoe, Waylon Murray, Doppies la Grange (capt..), Deon van Rensburg, Elton Janties, Jano Vermaak, Warren Whiteley, Joshua Strauss, Derick Minnie, Franco van der Merwe, George Earle, Patric Cilliers, Bandise Maku, JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: Edgar Marutlulle, Jacobie Adriaanse, David de Villiers, Michael Rhodes, Rory Kockott, Andre Pretorius, Jaco Taute.