Super Rugby

Lions beat Sharks in Johannesburg




The second South African derby clash in Round 6 is in Johannesburg where the Lions host the Sharks from Durban.

The Lions have played the Sharks 24 times since 1998 and the Lions have won six matches and drawn two.

The Sharks have therefore won 16 of the 24 matches and both have three wins each from the last six fixtures.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

BEEP! We are underway.

2.00: The Sharks win an early penalty and opt for the poles.

3.00: PENALTY! Curwin Bosch gets the visitors on the board.

4.00: A huge scuffle breaks out. The referee asks if there is something to review? Calls Franco Mostert and Jean-Luc du Preez to have a chat. Lions kick to touch.

6.00: The Lions attack out wide but the visitors turn the ball over and Cobus Reinach, in his 50th game, clears.

7.00: Andries Coetzee kicks deep but the ball is out over the in-goal and the sharks get the line-out on the Lions’ 10.

8.00: TRY Coenie Oosthuizen! A break in midfield by Kobus van Wyk. the wing, on the angle, beats the Lions rush defence, slips Jacques van Rooyen’s tackle, draws Courtnall Skosan and releases the prop inside the 22.

He powers over despite Warren Whiteley’s effort to bring him down – the big man stretches and dots down. Wow!

9.00: Bosch makes no mistake with the conversion.

11.00: Andries Ferreira wins the Sharks’ lineout ball and the Lions attack. Elton Jantjies attempts a dropped-goal but misses. The ref comes back for the offside on Faf de Klerk. Jantjies will kick at goal.

12.00: PENALTY! Jantjies gets the Lions on the board.

13.00: Jean-Luc du Preez is penalised for a dangerous tackle around the neck. Jantjies clears the danger. Good start by the Sharks.

14.00: A knock on by Reinach gives the Lions a scrum on the halfway line.

15.00: The Lions attack wide and Skosan’s pass to Coetzee is dropped. The visitor’s will scrum on their 22.

17.00: Some aerial ping-pong leads to the Sharks being awarded a penalty on the halfway line. Bosch will kick for poles and at altitude, this should not be an issue.

18.00: PENALTY! It’s good, 13-3 to the Sharks. Massive 57 metre kick from the 19-year-old.

20.00: The Sharks win a penalty at the breakdown. Bosch kicks deep for touch. The sharks are winning the tight phases and making the hosts pay.

22.00: Another turnover to the Sharks. They are playing good rugby and the Lions can’t get their hands on the ball. Bosch bounces Jantjies and the Lions infringe at the ruck. Scrum 15 metres inside, in between the Lions’ 10 and 22.

23.00: Scrum reset.

24.00: Big Scrum from the Lions but, it’s a penalty, they are pinged for scrumming in on the angle. Bosch attempts a dropped goal, misses, but will opt for the tee.

25.00: It’s …..hit the upright, De Klerk is tackled by Lukhanyo Amand and the Sharks turn the ball over.

26.00: TRY Lwazi Mvovo? We are checking with the TMO for foul play. Etienne Oosthuizen is the culprit and the try is cancelled out.

27.00: That’s a lucky call, looks legit to the letter of the law but very harsh. The big man had nowhere to go.

29.00: Coenie Oosthuizen starts another Sharks attack but Malcolm Marx wins his team penalty at the breakdown and the releases the pressure.

30.00: A couple of knock ons and the Lions have a scrum. It’s all going the way of the hosts.

31.00: Ruan Dreyer is penalised for collapsing. Bosch kicks to touch and the sharks will look to set up a lineout drive.

33.00: The game is open; it’s “you attack, we attack”. The Lions are awarded another penalty for a high tackle. It’s outside the 22 and very kickable. Whiteley over-rules Jantjies’ call to kick for a lineout. Another harsh call for a high tackle.

34.00: The Springbok flyhalf cuts the Sharks’ lead to seven points with five minutes to play. The Lions win the restart and attack.

35.00: They clear and the visitors have a lineout on the halfway line.

36.00: DROP-KICK! The Sharks come again. This game is wide open, the Lions trying to stop the wave after wave of white jerseys. Bosch sees the momentum has gone and slots a huge dropped goal from 50 metres: Wow!

38.00: The Lions have good field position after Coetzee’s wonderful clearance kick. The Sharks win the ball and Andre Esterhuizen clears to release the pressure.

39.00: Jaco van Heerden is checking with the TMO for foul play by the home team. Whiteley won the lineout, the Lions get the go-forward ball but Marx has the ball stripped. Reinach clears but slices his kick.

39.00: YELLOW CARD! It’s the Sharks who get a man binned. Etienne Oosthuizen is pinged for the second time. Lions win the lineout and drive.

40.00: TRY Malcolm Marx! From the lineout, the Lions drive and the hooker has his sixth try for the hosts. That is a double blow for the Sharks; losing a man and conceding on the buzzer.

41.00: Janjies reduces the scores to three and that’s it for the opening stanza.

The Sharks will not be happy with the officiating or their inability to hold out with a bigger lead.

The half time score was Lions 13 Sharks 16

Lions coach Johan Ackerman wants his team to get quick ruck ball and sort out his team’s discipline.

Beep! We are back underway in the City of Gold.

41.00: Kobus van Wyk makes a great break, from his 22 to the 10. De Klerk makes the tackle and puts pressure on his opposite number, who kicks out on the full. Lions ball.

43.00: Lions knock on and the Sharks have the scrum. However, the hosts are awarded a free-kick and opt for another. It’s centre field and on the 10.

44.00: TRY Courtnall Skosan! It starts from de Klerk’s pass to Johan Janse van Rensburg, who on the run, busts a tackle and draws the defender before putting the winger away. Skosan is tackled short but gets up and crawls over.

45.00: Jantjies makes no mistake from the corner.

46.00: Jacobus Reinach is subbed after the try, he was the man that missed the tackle and, on comes Jeremy Ward.

47.00: Etienne Oosthuizen’s yellow card and his penalty which overturned Lwazi Mvovo’s try have cost 19, certain, swing points.

48.00: De Klerk is off for Ross Cronjé. Skosan is being checked by the medical staff.

49.00: Scrum Sharks as the clock ticks down and they go back to 15 men. Penalty for offside against Bosch.

50.00: Lions tap and go, Ackerman gets tackled on the 5, the Lions drive but Kriel is tackled into touch. Sharks dodge a bullet. Michael Claassens replaces Reinach. The referee warns the returning lock about his high tackles.

52.00: Sharks lose the maul and the hosts have a scrum under the poles on their 5 metre.

53.00: Rohan Janse van Rensburg is tackled into touch. Lubabalo Mtembu is warned to tell his players to “stop giving advice”.

54.00: DROP_GOAL! Andries Coetzee lands one himself from in front. Lions extend their lead. Ruan Botha is off for Stephan Lewies; Jacques Vermeulen on forDaniel du Preez and Innocent Radebe for Garth April.

55.00: TRY Kobus van Wyk! The Sharks attacked wide and Jean-Luc du Preez sends the winger over in the corner. It’s helter-skelter at Ellis Park.

56.00: Bosch adds the extras and ties the game at 23-all.

58.00: Sharks clear their lines after some pressure. It’s a bit of kicking from both teams as they catch their breath. Lourens Adriaanse replaces Coenie Oosthuizen. Penalty to the Lions; they kick to touch.

60.00: the Lions lose the ball forward three times in one play and lose the possession. The visitors will get a chance to release more pressure. They need to get their hands on the ball here or they will run out of steam.

64.00: Bosch attempts a monster dropkick but it’s wide. Penalty, though, and they will opt for poles from 39 metres.

65.00: PENALTY! Bosch slots the kick; cool, calm and collected by the youngster. Visitors lead, again. Andries Ferreira,  Malcolm Marx and Jacques van Rooyen are off. On comes Armand van der Merwe, Corné Fourie and Lourens Erasmus.

67.00: PENALTY! Jantjies brings the scores level after a scrum infringement from the visitors. Ruan Ackermann is off and on comes Sevens specialist Kwagga Smith. Thomas du Toit is off and on comes Juan Schoeman.

69.00: Lineout to the visitors and they clear. Lions are coming back but are penalised. Franco Mostert is penalised for sealing off. Bosch opts for a 65-metre kick. Insane!

70.00: PENALTY! It’s goooooood! Wow! That is about 70 metres if you add the distance after it crosses the crossbar.

73.00: Lions are inside the 22 of the Sharks and have the advantage for a high tackle.

74.00: PENALTY! Jantjies levels with a few minutes to play.

76.00: Bosch hits another monster drop-kick and it hits the crossbar – insane!

76.00: TRY Jaco Kriel! Smith steps two defenders and puts Kriel away for the match-winning try in the corner. This has been a classic. Jantjies from the corner…it’s wide.

Sharks must score a try in the next few minutes.

78.00: Sharks knock on inside the Lions’ 22; that might be it.

80.00: The siren sounds and it’s over. the Lions win a fantastic derby at the death. What a game!

Live In-Play Betting.

The final score is minutes is Lions 34 (13) Sharks 29 (16)


Tries – Marx, Skosan, Kriel
Pen – Jantjies (4)
Con – Jantjies (2)
Drop – Coetzee
Cards –

Tries – C. Oosthuizen, Van Wyk,
Pen – Bosch (3)
Con – Bosch (2)
Drop – Bosch
Cards – Yellow (E. Oosthuizen, 39th minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff



15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Ross Cronjé, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Dillon Smit.


15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Inny-Christian Radebe, 23 Jeremy Ward.


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