LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 08 March 2014 - 19h10
Kick-off : Sat, 08 March 2014 - 19h10
Venue : Durban
Referee : Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Sharks Lions
Tries Paul Jordaan (7min), Cobus Reinach (37min), and Marcell Coetzee (79min) Francois de Klerk (64min)
Penalties Frans Steyn (20min), Frans Steyn (23min), and Frans Steyn (24min) Marnitz Boshoff (10min), Marnitz Boshoff (15min), and Marnitz Boshoff (35min)
Conversions Frans Steyn (8min), Frans Steyn (38min), Frans Steyn (50min), and Frans Steyn (80min) Marnitz Boshoff (64min), Marnitz Boshoff (68min), and Marnitz Boshoff (69min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Ryan Kankowski (64min) Corne Fourie (74min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

That brings the curtain down on Super Rugby Round four with a great victories for the Brumbies, Reds, Crusaders, Force, Bulls and Sharks. Join us again next week for a full round of fixtures!

80

CONVERSION - Steyn completes a 100 % kicking performance for the Sharks

79

TRY - Coetzee is mauled over the line in the last minute for a bonus point victory at home

78

The Sharks lose the scrum as the Lions look to attack from deep but Cronje is dragged into touch, one more attempt for the Sharks

76

Sharks have a good attacking scrum as a Lions variation from the lineout goes wrong

75

Whiteley poaches the line out and the Lions clear their lines, the Sharks swarm back into the Lions 22

74

Sharks have a penalty advantage as they push for the line, YELLOW CARD for Corné Fourie and Bismarck points for the side line

73

Sharks set up a lineout from a penalty on halfway - they are looking for their bonus point as the crowd gets behind them

71

The Sharks attacking scrum is nullified as the Lions wins a penalty and clear their lines

69

CONVERSION - Boshoff makes it a 7 point game with 10 minutes to go

68

TRY - Deon van Rensburg scores after a massive rolling maul by the Lions, Boshoff grubbers through for him to dive onto over the line

65

CONVERSION - Boshoff gets his ffourth kick over

64

TRY - Sustained pressure from the Lions now who set up a lineout maul, Faf de Klerk grabs the ball from his forwards and dives over the line. in the mean time Kankowski is YELLOW CARDed for repeated infringments

63

Free kick from the scrum sees the Lions take it quick and push hard for the line, its lost forward in a ruck and Steyn kicks it clear... but not very far

61

The TMO decided that Botha did not ground the ball, its a valiant effort by Frans Steyn and a scrum is given to the Sharks for Botha knocking the ball on

60

A long kick up field is chased by Chrysander Botha, SP Marais fumbles it when coming across, Botha and Steyn tussle for the ball over the line and the referee wants to see who got hands on it first

58

The Sharks are still on the hunt for their fourth try as Kankowski steals a ball from the line out and they continue to attack the line

56

Sharks are strong in the rucks as they turn over two in the space of a minute, SP Marais gets the ball on the run and bangs it down field

55

Faf de Klerk has a dart from a maul in the Sharks half but he is dragged to the ground as the referee blows for an advantage, Lions set up another lineout

54

Both teams make a number of changes

53

Sharks playing with more confidence now but the Lions win some respite with a penalty, however they knock it on as the rain begins to fall in Durban

50

CONVERSION - Steyn maintains his good kicking record for the night

49

TRY - A poor chip kick from Jantjies is gathered by the Sharks and sees Marcel Coetzee race down the field before offloading to Ndungane who trots over the line for the home teams third try

48

Sharks are wanting to play in Lions territory are happy kicking the ball up field as the Lions opt to do the same thing, giving possession to the sharks just inside their half

46

Lions win a penalty as Willem Alberts tackles little Faf de Klerk around the neck, they set up a lineout near the Sharks 5 metre line but its a poor throw and won by Kankowski

45

Both teams have a go at each other with both teams eventually losing possession due to the slippery ball, it ends with a long kick in Sharks territory

43

Another maul from the lineout sees the Sharks rumble up plenty of metres but the they can't hold onto it as Reinach knocks on.

42

Sharks win an early penalty from a line out with the Lions swimming around the side of the maul, Steyn boots it deep into the Lions half

41

We are back underway with Jantjies kicking us off for the SECOND HALF!

40

The HALF TIME hooter goes and that last try by Reinach has put the Sharks on the front foot and taken momentum away from the Lions who were surging forward.

38

CONVERSION - Steyn converts Reinach's try from fairly wide out

37

TRY - A piece of Individual brilliance from Cobus Reinach sees him jink past the defensive line from the lineout as well as step the full back to slide over for his second try of the competition.

35

PENALTY - Boshoff pops over an easy one

35

The Sharks are looking a bit lethargic in some aspects of their play and the Lions are trying to pounce upon it as they win a penalty and line up for the posts

34

PENATLY - Steyn gets another long range one over to push out the lead

33

Referree's assistant has a flag out for foul play and they have a look on the screen, Ruan Combrinck is penalised for leading with the elbow, its now in Steyn's range about 57 meters out

32

Lions have a go from the scrum but its kicked away and referee goes back for the advantage from the scrum - lions scrum looking better after than first tighthead

29

Sharks looking for territory kick too long and its dotted down for a 22 drop out - The Sharks opting for much more kicking than we are used to seeing

28

The Lions have had little of the ball and a promising backline move comes to an end when Mvovo forces Combrink to lose the ball forward into touch

26

Sharks get out of their half through a good run from Mvovo, its followed by some testing kicking until SP Marais finds good touch

25

Sharks get out of their half through a good run from Mvovo, its followed by some testing kicking until SP Marais finds good touch

23

PENALTY - a massive kick from Steyn give the Sharks the points

22

Lions try and keep it tight in attack but are penalised then marched back 10 for throwing the ball away so Steyn decided to take the chance for a long range kick

20

PENALTY - Steyn's booming boot pushes the Sharks out to 10 points

19

The Sharks big men are now bashing up, trying to soften the defense, they win a penalty for the Lions going off their feet and Steyn steps up for the kick

18

even though its a strong performance from the Lions front row Faf de Klerk fumbles it from the base and the scrum is reversed

17

Sharks earn a free kick from a scrum but a poor pass from Frans Steyn forces a knock on and its now a Lions scrum

15

PENALTY - Boshoff keeps his great kicking record going

14

Much better scrum from the Lions wins them a penalty when Marcel Coetzee holds on to the player at the ruck close to the Sharks posts

13

Du Plessis is held up in a maul on the Sharks 22 to give the Lions a chance from the scrum tight on the left hand side of the field

10

PENALTY - the Lions strike back through Boshoff as Bismark Du Plessis is penalised for not releasing the man

8

CONVERSION - Steyn adds the easy extras

7

TRY - After a good maul from the Lions the ball is stolen by Cobus Reinach and swung out wide Lwazi Mvovo puts on the gas and chips through for Paul Jordaan who steps well to slide over the line

6

Lions are struggling to get out of their half as their kicks are mostly aimless, Steyn gives it a massive boot to put the ball out on the full, Lions chance to attack now

4

Sharks are happy to bash it up, even flyhalf Steyn has a go but looses it forward

3

Great first scrum from the Sharks all Springbok front row sees them get possession from a tighthead

2

Sharks are putting pressure on the rucks as Anton Bresler hassles the Lions scrumhalf but it comes off his hands for a Lions scrum

1

Steyn gets his team an attacking line out with a good kick that Boshoff can't controll but Ndungane cant keep his feet in field from the resulting open field play

0

We are off for the final time this weekend, new flyhalf Frans Steyn kicking us off

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Lots of changes in the Lions backline with prolific flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff moving to fullback to give way to Elton Jantjies. The Sharks have a late change with Pat Lambie contracting tick bite fever, Frans Steyn takes over at flyhalf with Heimar Williams taking his spot in the centres, Fred Zeilinger comes in on the bench

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Conditions in Durban are as usual humid but dry, the ball will no doubt be a little greasy however.

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Welcome to Durban and this final match of the weekend as the two best place South African teams tackle each other in what should be an intriguing match. Jake Whites team coming back from a bye should see them well rested while the Lions are coming off a loss from their rivals the Bulls.
Sharks
Players
15 SP Marais
14 JP Pietersen
13 Paul Jordaan
12 Frans Steyn
11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Patrick Lambie
9 Cobus Reinach
8 Ryan Kankowski
7 Jean Deysel
6 Marcell Coetzee
5 Stephan Lewies
4 Willem Alberts
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Thomas Du Toit

Substitutes
23 Tonderai Chavhanga
22 S'bura Sithole
21 Charl McLeod
20 Tera Mtembu
19 Etienne Oosthuizen
18 Jacobie Adriaanse
17 Dale Chadwick
16 Kyle Cooper
Lions
Players
15 Andries Coetzee
14 Lionel Mapoe
13 Nicolaas Hanekom
12 Alwyn Hollenbach
11 Anthony Volmink
10 Elton Jantjies
9 Ross Cronje
8 Warren Whiteley
7 Warwick Tecklenburg
6 Jaco Kriel
5 Franco van der Merwe
4 Franco Mostert
3 Julian Redelinghuys
2 Robbie Coetzee
1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes
23 Courtnall Skosan
22 Marnitz Boshoff
21 Francois de Klerk
20 Derick Minnie
19 Willie Britz
18 Ruan Dreyer
17 Corne Fourie
16 Armand van der Merwe