Super Rugby

Derby delight as splendid Sharks maul Lions




The Sharks whipped the Lions 27-17 in a thrilling South African Super Rugby derby at Kings Park, Durban.

Curwin Bosch scored a try and kicked 12 points to lead the Sharks to another derby-day victory over the Johannesburg franchise.

The win moves the Sharks into second on the South African Conference log, three points behind the Jaguares.

Dan du Preez and Makazole Mapimpi also got on the board for the home team.

The loss is the Lions’ defeat is the third on the trot against the Durban franchise.

Lionel Mapoe and Cyle Brink crossed for the visitors, but it was to no avail.

Elton Jantjies threw two intercepts for the Sharks‘ first and third try and missed a critical penalty 14 minutes from time that would have made it a converted-try game.

The Sharks held on, earning a well-deserved victory, denying the Lions a losing bonus-point and a first derby-day win of this season.

Sharks start hot, dominating every facet of the opening quarter of an hour except the scoreboard

The Sharks took a seven-point lead into the break after tries from Bosch and Dan du Preez.

Mapoe, who was magnificent, dotted down on the half hour to get the Lions on the board.

Brink finished off a scintillating set-piece attack, and Jantjies levelled from the tee, on 50 minutes.

Bosch kicked a penalty, a few minutes later, to restore his side’s lead.

Mapimpi intercepted Jantjies (his second of the game) and raced away the length of the field to extend his side’s advantage.

It was a body blow to the Lions.

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Jantjies missed an opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 66th-minute, pulling his kick wide of the posts.

The 28-year-old flyhalf did kick a late penalty, but Bosch cancelled out the his goal, two minutes later to reopen the 10-point gap and deny the Lions a losing bonus-point.

All Sharks in the first half hour, but Lions roar back

The men in black dominated the opening exchanges, although, handling errors halted any momentum that was building.

Robert du Preez Snr’s charges had most of the ball but did nothing with it.

Bosch missed a penalty from almost in front, showing his nerves in this high-pressure clash.

However, he atoned with an intercept from an inside pass by Jantjies to open the scoring.

The 21-year-old raced 60 metres to score.

It was a body blow to the Lions, who were enjoying their first sustained period of possession in attack.

The flyhalf added the extras.

The Durban franchise doubled their advantage six minutes later after a powerful driving maul.

Dan du Preez crashed over for his seventh Super Rugby try this season when his pack eviscerated their opposition.

The Lions could not get their hands on the ball

Swys de Bruin’s forwards were bullied in the scrums, and they could not stop their opponents from bulldozing them for the Sharks’ second try on 25 minutes.

Mapoe hit back for the Lions after a well-worked backline move between Jantjies and Courtnall Skosan.

Skosan played a swivel pass to Janties, who danced through a defender and offloaded in the tackle to Mapoe.

The Sharks continue to dominate after the break

Sbu Nkosi went close after the restart, but Kwagga smith’s last-ditch tackle saved the day.

Nkosi went close again, but he could not catch Louis Schreuder’s poor pass.

The Lions had started to get parity in the scrums before halftime, and they continued afterwards.

Brink’s try came from a solid set-piece from inside the Lions’ 22.

The Joburg men moved the ball through the hands at lightning speed to Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Dyantyi raced down the sideline before playing Skosan on his inside.

The winger handed off to Mapoe, who was tackled short of the line.

The Lions forwards cleaned out, and the ball was recycled to Brink to score.

Jantjies levelled.

Bosch kicked a penalty to regain his side’s lead, on 54 minutes.

Kwagga Smith knocked on after a beautiful offload and mini-break by Mapoe.

The centre was having a game; he was everywhere.

Sharks defence stands strong as Lions run out of ideas

Rob du Preez cleaned up, but high tackles in the build-up allowed Jantjies to kick to the corner.

The game changed from that moment.

The Sharks repelled a 16-phase attack from the resulting lineout.

The Lions pounded away, but the ball was too slow to catch the Sharks off-guard or flat-footed.

They had an overlap, but again, Jantjies threw an intercept trying to float a pass to the outside attackers.

Mapimpi sensed the opportunity and took it. He raced away 90 metres to score under the posts.

Jantjies had a chance to reduce the deficit to seven points, but he misfired from the tee to the delight of the home support.

Mapoe went close, but he lost the ball forward, trying to dot down under pressure from Mapimpi.

It was an immense defending by the winger.

Another sustained attack ended when Reinhard Nothnagel thought he had scored, but the TMO replay showed he played the ball on the ground in the ruck.

Jantjies kicked the penalty, six minutes from time, to put his side within a converted try.

It was not to be, however, because Bosch reopened the two-score gap with his second penalty-goal two minutes later to kill the game.

Final Score: Sharks 27 (14) Lions 17 (7)


Tries – Bosch, D. Du Preez, Mapimpi
Pen – Bosch (2)
Con – Bosch (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Mapoe, Brink
Pen – Janjies
Con – Jantjies (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2: Stefan Geldenhuys
TMO: Christie du Preez



15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola.

Replacements: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Albertus Smith (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Vincent Tshituka, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green.

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