The Sharks proved too good for a young Lions side as the Durban side claimed a 43-31 bonus points win in a 10-try thriller in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Lions had the upper hand as soon as winger Boldwin Hansen scored the first try in the eighth minute. However, that joy was short-lived as the rest of the first half belonged to the Sharks. Marnus Potgieter leveled the scores in the 11th minute before Cameron Wright put the visitors ahead 15 minutes later.
Boeta Chamberlain, who converted both tries, added two penalties to give the Sharks a 20-7 lead at the break.
The Sharks continued their momentum in the second half as Thembelani Bholi came through in the 44th minute. Unlike the first half, the Lions gave as well as they got as Emmanuel Tshituka and Divan Rossouw scored between Mpilo Gumede’s tries for the Sharks to give the visitors a bonus point of four trials.
Sanele Nohamba came off the bench and knocked down two more penalties but tries continued to flow as Dan Jooste crossed the try line from a maul for the Sharks, before Morne Brandon did the same for the Lions . OJ Noa’s yellow card for a high tackle gave the Lions a boost and they capitalized on James Mollentze’s try. The Lions continued to hunt for a late losing bonus point, but the Sharks managed to hold on to deny them.
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