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Lions vs Sharks Watch Live

Lions
26
Sharks
19
17 February 2018, 10:15am
Emirates Airlines Park
Capacity: NA
Referee: Glen Jackson
Lions
26
Sharks
19
Key Moments
  • FT
  • TRY!Kwagga Smith
    58'
  • ConversionRobert du Preez
    55'
  • TRY!Makazole Mapimpi
    54'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    52'
  • TRY!Lionel Mapoe
    51'
  • TRY!Sibusiso Nkosi
    41'
  • HT
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    23'
  • TRY!Aphiwe Dyantyi
    21'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    17'
  • TRY!Lionel Mapoe
    16'
  • ConversionRobert du Preez
    8'
  • TRY!Robert du Preez
    7'
  • KO
  • FULL TIME - Final whistle in Johannesburg!  A pulsating contest comes to an end with the Lions holding on at the death thanks to some inspirational defensive acts.  The Lions looked to have the match within their control midway through the second half but the Sharks just kept on coming.  The visitors threw everything at the Lions' defence in the final minutes but just could not break through.  The Lions get their 2018 campaign off to a winning start with a 26-19 victory over the Sharks.
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  • Penalty to the Sharks!  The resultant kick for touch is good and so the visitors have one last chance to pinch a draw with a line out just 5m out from the Lions' line.
    80'''
  • Inside the final minute and the Lions are content to keep the ball in close, wiping valuable seconds off the clock.
    80''
  • Penalty to the Lions!  With tremendous strength over the ball, Hacjivah Dayimani prevents the Sharks from releasing the ball and the home side now have a chance to relieve some pressure.
    77''
  • What a finish!  The Lions have the scrum feed but they are pinned down deep just 5m out from their own line.
    76''
  • The Sharks have the line out just 5m out from the Lions' line - the resultant rolling maul inches forward but some outstanding defence from the Lions, in particular Marnus Schoeman, halts it in its tracks!
    76''
  • The Sharks are on the move!  Fresh onto the field, Curwin Bosch cuts through the defensive line like a hot knife through butter and in the blink of an eye the visitors have turned defence into attack.
    75''
  • MISS! A crucial miss from the boot of Elton Jantjies!  His penalty goal attempt from as good as straight in front swings away to the right and the flags stay down.
    73''
  • Penalty to the Lions!  It will be Elton Jantjies to line up from a slight angle to give the home side some breathing space inside the final 10 minutes.
    71''
  • Elton Jantjies directs his cross kick across the field where Aphiwe Dyantyi does extremely well to gather cleanly but he can't keep the ball in play and so the line out will go to the Sharks.
    68''
  • Exhilarating play from the Lions with some brilliant interchange amongst their speedy backs down the right hand touchline however it comes to nought with the last pass ruled forward - the Sharks have the scrum feed right on their 22m line.
    66''
  • MISS!  The penalty goal attempt from Elton Jantjies is straight down the middle however the ball falls just short of the target.
    65''
  • The Lions regain the upper hand at scrum time and have been awarded a penalty - it will be Elton Jantjies to line up the posts from 45m out.
    63''
  • The Lions steady the ship!  Kwagga Smith takes the quick tap to put the Sharks' defence on the back foot and with a tremendous leg drive he manages to find the paint - the TMO confirms the original on-field decision and the Lions have extended their lead back out to a converted try
    61''
  • MISS! The flags stay down on the conversion attempt from Elton Jantjies.
    60''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Kwagga Smith) 26-19 Lions
    60''
  • TMO - The Lions are back on the hunt looking for the quick reply - Kwagga Smith crashes over from close range and the on-field decision is a try but referee Glen Jackson refers the decision to the TMO to rule if there is any reason why the five points can't be awarded.
    59''
  • It's try for try in Johannesburg!  Outstanding vision from Cameron Wright who floats a perfectly weighted pass out to the left to the unmarked Makazole Mapimpi who crosses for the easiest of five-pointers to close the gap back within a converted try.
    57''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sharks (Robert du Preez) 21-19 Lions
    56''
  • Try
    TRY! Sharks (Makazole Mapimpi) 21-17 Lions
    56''
  • The Lions strike back with their first try of the second half!  Blistering counter attacking rugby from the Lions has the Sharks scrambling back in cover but the damage is done - the home side spread the ball to numbers out to the right before Lionel Mapoe crosses for his second.
    54''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 21-12 Lions
    53''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Lionel Mapoe) 19-12 Lions
    52''
  • MISS! A huge missed opportunity for the visitors with the penalty goal attempt from Robert du Preez missing away to the right hand side.
    51''
  • A penalty to the Sharks at scrum time!  The momentum in this match has swung completely to the Sharks early in the second half and it will be Robert du Preez to line up to put the visitors into the lead.
    49''
  • The Lions have been caught on the back foot in the early minutes of this second half - on this occasion they concede a free kick at the line out to the Sharks who waste no time in taking the quick tap.
    47''
  • An outstanding start to the second half by the Sharks!  Cameron Wright feeds a long pass out to the right to Sbu Nkosi who has two to beat and plenty to do - the winger with a brilliant dive into the corner beats Elton Jantjies to find the line.
    44''
  • MISS!  The conversion attempt from Robert du Preez swings to the right before smacking in the woodwork and bouncing out.
    43''
  • Try
    TRY! Sharks (Sbu Nkosi) 14-12 Lions
    42''
  • A positive start to the second half by the Sharks who are on the front foot after quickly surging inside the Lions' 22.
    41''
  • SECOND HALF - Robert du Preez puts boot to ball for the Sharks to get the second half underway!
    40''
  • HALF TIME - A highly entertaining first half comes to an end in Johannesburg!  The Sharks burst from the blocks scoring the opening try of the match however it wasn't long before the Lions, looking potent in attack and completely dominant at scrum time, hit back with two five-pointers of their own.  The Lions head into the break with a 14-7 lead over the Sharks.
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  • We are inside the final minute of this first half and the Sharks have just enough time for one last crack at the Lions' line - the visitors have the scrum feed just 5m out.
    40''
  • The Sharks surge within 5 metres of the Lions' line before Kwagga Smith wins the ball back for the home side - the flanker is pinged however for not releasing and so ultimately the Sharks are awarded the penalty.
    38''
  • The Sharks finally win one at scrum time which will give Robert du Preez a chance to send a thumping clearance down field and into the safety of touch right on half way.
    36''
  • Underlining the dominance of the Lions' pack in this first half, the stats are showing that the Sharks are 0 from 4 at scrum time.
    34''
  • Turnover to the Lions!  Some sloppy play from the Sharks with Franco Marais running into the back of Philip van der Walt who drops the pill - the Lions have the feed who are dominant at scrum time at the moment.
    32''
  • Turnover to the Sharks!  With tremendous strength Lukhanyo Am sticks the tackle on Harold Vorster and the ball ain't coming out of there - a scrum feed to the visitors.
    28''
  • A kicking duel develops with the ball pinging from one end to the other before Robert du Preez finds the touch line right on half way.
    26''
  • Some individual brilliance down the left hand side from Aphiwe Dyantyi!  Hard up against the touch line, the winger runs out of room before throwing the ball onto his boot - he runs onto the perfectly weighted grubber kick, gathers cleanly and beats the fast approaching Lwazi Mvovo to find the paint.
    24''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 14-7 Lions
    24''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Aphiwe Dyantyi) 12-7 Lions
    22''
  • We are at the quarter way stage of this opening week clash and there is very little between the two sides - the Sharks if anything look a little sharper however the Lions are looking as dangerous as ever in attack.
    20''
  • We are all square in Johannesburg!  Excellent set piece play from the Lions who spread the ball with speed and precision out to the right where they have all the numbers and it is Lionel Mapoe who busts through a gap in the Sharks' defensive line to score.
    19''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 7-7
    18''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Lionel Mapoe) 7-5 Sharks
    17''
  • Outstanding play from Ruan Botha to prevent the Lions from extracting the ball from the rolling maul and the Sharks' skipper has won the scrum feed for the visitors.
    16''
  • Andries Coetzee wastes no time at all after the Lions were awarded a penalty and his kick for touch is a beauty, finding the line just short of the Sharks' 22m line.
    13''
  • The Lions have the feed on their own 22m line but the scrum goes down and will be reset.
    12''
  • The Sharks draw first blood at Emirates Airline Park!  After going close on a couple of occasions, the visitors spread the ball out to the left to stretch the Lions' defence - Robert du Preez has just one to beat and he bursts through to score the first five-pointer of the match.
    9''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Sharks (Robert du Preez) 7-0 Sharks
    9''
  • Try
    TRY! Sharks (Robert du Preez) 5-0 Sharks
    8''
  • The Sharks are pressing hard here, advancing quickly to within a couple of metres of the Lions' line.
    8''
  • The Lions are looking a little shaky at line out time in the opening minutes - the home side has coughed up possession on their own throw on a couple of occasions.
    5''
  • Robert du Preez thumps the ball downfield however he has put too much weight on the kick and it rolls into the in-goal area.
    4''
  • First blood to the Lions' pack!  The Sharks are monstered at scrum time and the home side have been awarded the first penalty of the match.
    2''
  • It's a fine late afternoon in Johannesburg and the surface looks to be in excellent condition for this opening week clash.
    1''
  • FIRST HALF - The Lions kick off and we are underway in Johannesburg!
    1''
  • The Sharks reached the Super Rugby play-offs in 2017 after finishing second in their conference but couldn't advance past the first week when they went down to this afternoon's opponents, the Lions, in the Qualifiers.
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  • The Lions swept all before them during the 2017 group stage completely dominating their conference winning 14 of their 15 matches.  They won their way through to the final but fell at the final hurdle going down 25-17 to the Crusaders in the decider.
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  • The opening week of the 2018 Super Rugby season continues at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg with the Lions playing host to the Sharks.
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MATCH STATS
PLAYER STATS
  • 54%
    POSSESSION
    46%
  • 4
    TRIES
    3
  • 368
    METRES
    365
  • 34
    CARRIES
    29
  • 29
    DEFENDERS BEATEN
    14
  • 12
    CLEAN BREAKS
    13
  • 110
    PASSES
    98
  • 5
    OFFLOADS
    11
  • 18
    TURNOVERS CONCEDED
    12
  • 10
    TURNOVERS WON
    9
  • 74
    TACKLES
    99
  • 14
    MISSED TACKLES
    29
Full Match Stats
Lions T C P
1 Jacques Van Rooyen 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Ruan Dreyer 0 0 0
4 Marvin Orie 0 0 0
5 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
6 Kwagga Smith 1 0 0
7 Cyle Brink 0 0 0
8 Warren Whiteley 0 0 0
9 Ross Cronje 0 0 0
10 Elton Jantjies 0 3 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 1 0 0
12 Harold Vorster 0 0 0
13 Lionel Mapoe 2 0 0
14 Sylvian Mahuza 0 0 0
15 Andries Coetzee 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Robbie Coetzee 0 0 0
17 Dylan Smith 0 0 0
18 Jacobie Adriaanse 0 0 0
19 Lourens Erasmus 0 0 0
20 Marnus Schoeman 0 0 0
21 Hacjivah Dayimani 0 0 0
22 Howard Mnisi 0 0 0
23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 0 0 0
Sharks T C P
1 Juan Schoeman 0 0 0
2 Franco Marais 0 0 0
3 Thomas du Toit 0 0 0
4 Ruan Botha 0 0 0
5 Stephan Lewies 0 0 0
6 Phillip Van Der Walt 0 0 0
7 Jacques Vermeulen 0 0 0
8 Daniel du Preez 0 0 0
9 Cameron Wright 0 0 0
10 Robert du Preez 1 2 0
11 Makazole Mapimpi 1 0 0
12 Andre Esterhuizen 0 0 0
13 Lukhanyo Am 0 0 0
14 Sibusiso Nkosi 1 0 0
15 Lwazi Mvovo 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Armand van der Merwe 0 0 0
17 Tendai Mtawarira 0 0 0
18 John-Hubert Meyer 0 0 0
19 Hyron Andrews 0 0 0
20 Tyler Paul 0 0 0
21 Grant Williams 0 0 0
22 Curwin Bosch 0 0 0
23 Jacobus Van Wyk 0 0 0
Full Player Stats
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