The Lions lost in Durban more than the Sharks won – but all that counts is the scoreboard and not how the points were fashioned.
The Sharks got their first Currie Cup win of the season in beating the Lions 33-25 after leading 20-17 at halftime.
The Lions, on reflection, will cringe when watching the match DVD. They were a greater danger to themselves than the Sharks.
They put themselves into strong scoring positions, only to make basic mistakes in handling or decision-making. And then they showed a disregard in protecting the ball. They were also guilty of handing back what proved match-winning momentum in gifting the Sharks 10 points within two minutes when in the lead 25-23.
The Lions also had two tries disallowed because of TMO referrals that showed obstruction in the build-up to the tries.
The Sharks started slowly and enjoyed a decent last 20 minutes in the first half, but the scoreline in the second didn’t reflect the struggles of the Sharks.
But for now – the next 24 hours – the struggles will mean nothing. They got the win and that’s all that will matter in Durban.
Sharks – Tries: Brynard Stander, Heimar Williams, SP Marais. Conversions: Butch James (2), Fred Zeilinga. Penalties: James (3).
Lions – Tries: Anthony Volmink, Jaco Kriel, Chrysander Botha. Conversions: Elton Jantjies. Penalty: Jantjies.
Sharks – 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 SP Marais, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (c), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder.
Lions – 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Robert de Bruin, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Guy Cronjé, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Chrysander Botha.