Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
8 May 2021
6:25 pm

Sharks hold off fighting Lions to stay unbeaten

Rudolph Jacobs

The Lions managed to salvage a losing bonus point and some tries to restore some belief.

Ruben van Heerden charges forward for the Sharks on their way to victory against the Lions. Picture: Gallo Images

The Sharks cemented their position at the top of the Rainbow Cup SA log with a bonus point 34-26 win over the Lions in Durban on Saturday.

It was far from a flawless performance by the Sharks, with both teams scoring four tries, but the Lions were handed their second straight defeat.

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The Lions did, however, manage to score a losing bonus point and some tries to restore some belief.

After a nervous start by the Lions they seemed to find some rhythm to cancel out an early Sharks try, but their performance was hamstrung by poor decision-making in a disjointed showing.

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Being down 24-12 at the break the Lions fought back bravely after the Sharks received two yellow cards in quick succession, closing the gap to 27-19 after their third try by No 8 Francke Horn.

But the Sharks retained their composure to secure a hard-fought victory as they remained unbeaten after two rounds in the competition.

Scorers

Sharks – Tries: Jeremy Ward, Grant Williams, Thomas du Toit, Kerron van Vuuren. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (4). Penalties: Bosch (2)

Lions – Tries: PJ Botha, Andre Warner, Francke Horn, Vincent Tshituka. Conversions: Fred Zeilinge (2), Jordan Hendrikse.