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Sharp-shooter Jantjies sinks Sharks


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 27 Aug 2011 at 18:52
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The Lions beat the Sharks at Coca Cola Park on Saturday night, the final score being 28 – 19, a match which was dominated by the Lions forward play and a fantastic performance from Elton Jantjies, who scored 23 points with his boot.

The match started slowly with the teams feeling each other out. Jantjies got the Lions on the board early with two penalties in the first ten minutes. Fred Michalak hit back with two successful penalties as a result if the Sharks dominating the scrums.

After a good phase of play in Sharks territory, initiated by a break by Jantjies, Mapoe scored in the corner, stretching the lead to seven points after a good conversion by Jantjies from the sideline. Michalak hit back immediately with another penalty, reducing the deficit to only four points.

The Sharks could not get their rhythm and made the same basic errors that cost them so dearly against the Leopards last weekend, and with Jantjies in top kicking form, every error put the Lions further in the lead. At half time, the Lions lead by ten points thanks to two further Jantjies penalties.

The second half started better for the Sharks, as they kept early possession and looked better with ball in hand. Unfortunately the Lions looked even better, and Jantjies kicked his 5th penalty goal to stretch the lead even further to thirteen points. Minutes later the Sharks dropped a Lions maul as they looked like scoring their second try, and Jantjies kept on punishing the Sharks.

After numerous changes to the forwards and backs, with Deysel and Jacobs making an impact, the Sharks finally managed to cross the line, through veteran Stefan Terblanche. The try was created by Fred Michalak who tokk a quick tap penalty after sustained pressure from the Sharks.

A few minutes later, a long range effort from Meyer Bosman pulled the deficit back to six points, a beautiful kick from the half way line. This was contra’d by Jantjies’ seventh penalty and the lead to the Lions was back at nine points.

The Lions managed to see out the game with this lead, the Sharks not able to penetrate the Lions defence. Elton Jantjies was the stand out performance as he punished the Sharks with every penalty conceded, and so keeping the score board ticking.

Scorers:
Lions:
Tries: Lionel Mapoe
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (1)
Penalties: Elton Jantjies (7)

Sharks:
Tries: Stefan Terblanche
Conversions: Fred Michalak (1)
Penalties: Fred Michalak (3), Meyer Bosman (1)



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