Sharks

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 05: Makazole Mapimpi of the Sharks during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between Emirates Lions and Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on June 05, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Sharks outgun Lions at Ellis Park to keep Rainbow Cup hopes alive

The Sharks beat the Lions 33-21 in Johannesburg to retain their slim hopes of making the Rainbow Cup final.

Sharks

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 05: Makazole Mapimpi of the Sharks during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between Emirates Lions and Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on June 05, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The Sharks beat the Lions 33-21 in Johannesburg to retain their slim hopes of making the Rainbow Cup final.

The Sharks led 19-14 at the break after a brace of tries from Kerron van Vuuren and another from Phepsi Buthelezi.

Andre Warner had opened the scoring for the Lions in the tenth minute but the Sharks then took charge of the game.

The Sharks dominated at lineout time and the hosts appeared to lose confidence in their setpiece.

Late in the first half the Lions got back into the game when Ruben Schoeman barged over.

Half time

The Sharks came out after the break determined to play their game and an early score in the second half gave them control of the contest.

Makazole Mapimpi marked his return to the Sharks lineup with an excellent score, powering his way through the Lions, and with the conversion it was 26-14 to the Sharks.

PJ Botha redeemed himself after a day of lineout woes and got the Lions back into the match. Jordan Hendrikse slotted a conversion from out wide and suddenly the Lions had life.

The Sharks turned down a shot at goal on the hour and couldn’t make their visit to the Lions red zone count. Van Vuuren thought he had his hat-trick but their was no visible grounding.

A moment of brilliance from Boeta Chamberlain set p Anthony Volmink to score the fifth try for the Sharks with ten minutes left on the clock. Chamberlain added the two and made it 21-33.

MJ Pelser couldn’t hang on when Rabz Maxwane had set him in for a score late in the game, finishing off the Lions chances of getting the win.

Bulls have one foot in the final

LIONS VS SHARKS TEAMS

Lions: EW Viljoen; Rabz Maxwane, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal (capt), Courtnall Skosan; Jordan Hendrikse, André Warner; Len Massyn, Vincent Tshituka, MJ Pelser; Reinhard Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Carlu Sadie, Jaco Visagie, Sti Sithole. Replacements: PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer, Asenathi Ntlabakanye, Willem Alberts, Emmanuel Tshituka, Morné van den Berg, Fred Zeilinga, Dan Kriel.

Sharks: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Werner Kok, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Henco Venter (captain), 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu. Replacements: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Jeremy Ward.

MATCH INFORMATION – LIONS VS SHARKS

Lions vs Sharks

Date: Saturday, 5 June

Time: 16h00

Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

Referee: Stuart Berry

Assistant Referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Aimee Barrett-Theron

Television Match Official: AJ Jacobs

TV: SuperSport Rugby and Grandstand