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Dead-eye Elton nails Sharks in one-sided final

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Oct 2011 at 11:21
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Young flyhalf Elton Jantjies came within a whisker of breaking Derick Hougaard’s record for most points in a Currie Cup Final yesterday, as he scored 24 in a perfect kicking display that consigned the Sharks to the also-ran scrapheap in this year’s competition. Josh Strauss’s Lions team broke a 12-year trophy-less streak in winning their first title since 1999.

With the Lions showing greater composure, discipline and dare we say hunger, the Sharks capitulated, conceding kickable penalties virtually every time the home side forayed into their territory. Scoreboard pressure was duly applied, with the Lions racing out to a 12-3 lead before a laughably simple dummy from Doppies le Grange sent Stefan Terblanche the wrong way, resulting in a good try to Michael Killian on the 26-minute mark. At 19-3 and later 22-3 after yet another penalty, the Lions had the game all but sewn-up by the halftime break.

Aside from indiscipline, the Sharks were again prone to sending one-off runners into contact and while this approach yielded strong gains in terms of territory at times, the season-long problem of impatience in the red zone saw them regularly concede possession in the Lions 22, through turnovers or the all-too-frequent concession of penalties for holding on, or going off their feet.

The first stanza of the second half offered a glimmering of hope for Sharks fans, as a 13-point flurry, including a dodgy-looking try to Willem Alberts, brought them back into contention at 16-22 down. The Lions rose to the challenge majestically, though, by first stopping what should have been a second try and then pressuring Conrad Hoffmann into a horrible knock in the Sharks territory. From that phase, the Lions went on to score through Pat Cilliers, by which stage the game was effectively sewn up. A further try to Jaco Taute and a slew of penalties from Jantjies saw the Sharks lose by the embarrassing margin of 42 – 16, quite a turnaround from the 53-9 scoreline in Durban when these two teams met two weeks ago.

Lions (42) – Tries: Michael Killian, Patric Cilliers, Jaco Taute. Conversions: Elton Jantjies(3). Penalties: Jantjies (5), Jaco Taute. Drop goal: Jantjies.
Sharks (16) – Try: Willem Alberts. Conversion:Frederic Michalak. Penalties: Michalak (3).


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