Lions back Sanele Nohamba smiling

Lions back Sanele Nohamba. Image: URC website.

Future Springbok stars as Lions reel in toothless Sharks

Sanele Nohamba’s pitch-perfect performance in the Lions’ demolition of the Sharks serves as a timely reminder of just why he is tipped to become a Springbok later this year.

Lions back Sanele Nohamba smiling

Lions back Sanele Nohamba. Image: URC website.

The Sharks’ disappointing Vodacom United Rugby Championship campaign continued as they were beaten 40-10 by the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg.

Sanele Nohamba enhanced his Springbok prospects with a superb display of attacking flair against the Sharks. The Lions scrumhalf proved an elusive operator as far as the Sharks’ defence was concerned.

He announced his intentions during the opening minutes, making a superb break that almost led to a try, before he pounced from 25 metres out following a side-stepping run. He was at the heart of everything good about the Lions team.


The Lions ran in tries from Nohamba —who is one of the brightest Springbok prospects at the moment —, flank JC Pretorius, full-back Quan Horn, prop Conraad van Vuuren, Erich Cronje and Hanru Sirgel, with flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse kicking five conversions to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Lions were dominant throughout the first half, with Nohamba pulling the strings and forcing the Sharks to dance to his tune. The home side was full value for their 19-10 lead at the interval.

Play resumed following the thunderstorm delay and a 10-minute warm-up for both teams, with Sharks having a prolonged spell of territorial dominance, but they could not make it count and then had captain Bongi Mbonambi yellow-carded.

The Lions looked to reassert themselves in pursuit of a bonus-point try, and it arrived 16 minutes from time following sustained pressure.

Van Vuuren was the beneficiary of sustained heavy-duty work by the Lions pack, and Hendrikse’s conversion underpinned an emphatic advantage before Cronje and Sirgel wrapped things up.

Lions star Sanele Nohamba
Lions star Sanele Nohamba. Image: URC website.