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Finals history: Sharks vs Lions


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Oct 2014 at 09:13
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The Cell C Sharks will travel to Ellis Park this weekend where they will face the Xerox Golden Lions in the ABSA Currie Cup Premier Division semi final.

Both sides come off good wins this past weekend. The Lions scored six tries in their annihilation of the Free State Cheetahs at home, 47 – 7, and the Sharks beat Western Province in Cape Town, 28 – 20, after trailing 8 – 20 with five minutes to half time.

The second place Lions have won 7 games and lost 3. They have scored 358 points and conceded 206, with 44 tries for and 21 against, bagging 8 bonus points. The third placed Sharks have also won 7, lost 2 and 1 draw. They have scored 287 points and conceded 222, with 25 tries for and 20 against and 3 bonus points.

The two sides are not unfimiliar with the proceedings that awaits them on Saturday, as they have played each other in five finals and two semi finals since the early ’90s.

Since the inception of the competition the Sharks have won 7 finals and the Lions 10 (including one shared title). The Lions have won the last two finals played between the two provinces, with the most recent being 2011 at Ellis Park, 42 – 16. Other finals include ’99 where they won 32 – 9 and ’93, 21 – 15 both played at Kings Park.

The Sharks have won two finals at Ellis Park, the first being in ’92, 14 – 13, and the second in ’96, 33 – 15.

They have also played two semi finals, both at Kings Park, winning one each. The Lions won in ’07, 29 – 14, while the Sharks won the following year, 19 – 12.

The Sharks will enter this match wearing the underdog tag, something they might not mind, as all the pressure will be on the Lions to remain unbeaten at Ellis Park with only Western Province giving them a good run for their money, losing 33 – 35.

Discipline and defence will have to be spot on for the Sharks, as they have given away too many soft tries this year, and having scored 44 tries, the Lions surely knows how to cross the try line.

Kick-off is at 14:30.



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