The Lions defeated the Sharks 24-9 at Kings Park in Durban in a Super Rugby encounter on Saturday. The South African teams gave an entertaining display of rugby in a match with plenty of events until the last whistle. Both teams had a good start and were playing well with the defences looking strong. The Lions had a good start and weren’t awarded their try as it was a result from a forward pass but soon Andries Ferreira broke the deadlock scoring a try for the Lions after being awarded an advantage with Elton Jantjies adding the two extra points with his conversion. Soon afterwards a penalty was given to the Lions, scored by Jantjies making the score 10-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Sharks just kept given away penalties and Jantjies added yet another to his tally. The Sharks would get their first points of the match when they were given a penalty that was converted by Joe Petersen. The Lions got their second try of the match when Lionel Mapoe got the ball to the line despite being tackled on his way giving the Lions a commanding lead of 18-3. At the stroke of half time the Sharks were given a penalty after a scrum making it 18-6 at the break.
At the start of the second half Joe Petersen scored a penalty but it was soon cancelled out by the Lions as they scored a penalty of their own as Jantjies converted once again making the score 21-9. The Sharks’s giving away of penalties was becoming a problem as the referee even warned Tendai Mtawarira that if it were to be continued there would be a problem. However this did not change and the Sharks conceded another penalty which was scored by Jantjies making the score 24-9 with just 10 minutes to go. This was how it would end as neither team scored after that and the Lions claimed their victory over the Sharks.