Jantjies buries Sharks
27 Aug 2011
Elton Jantjies produced a flawless goal-kicking display to steer the Lions to a 28-19 win over the Sharks in Johannesburg.
It was a ruthless performance by the young Lions flyhalf as he punished the Sharks for their breakdown transgressions and accumulated 23 points in the process. While the Sharks scrapped to stay in the contest, Jantjies’s impressive accuracy ensured that the hosts maintained the lead.
The visitors mauled the Lions at the scrum but their inability to dominate the collisions and stifle the Lions’ strike runners cost them the game. The Lions began to pull away right before half-time another Jantjies penalty stretched their lead to 19-9. By the time the game had entered the final quarter, Jantjies had extended that lead to 25-9.
The Lions’ defence eventually succumbed when Freddie Michalak took a quick penalty and set up Stefan Terblanche for an important try. Michalak’s conversion was followed up by a monster penalty goal by Meyer Bosman, and with 12 minutes to play the Sharks were in sight of an unlikely upset.
But the Lions managed to regain their composure and fight their way back into opposition territory. The Sharks transgressed and Jantjies obliged with a three-pointer to stretch the hosts’ advantage to nine points.
The result ensures that the Lions finish the first round at the top of the Currie Cup log. John Mitchell’s charges have lost only one of their seven games, having gone down to Western Province at Newlands in Round 6.