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What they had to say: Sharks vs Lions, Round 9

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Apr 2015 at 09:17
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What an encouraging display by our boys in black and white! I know we lost, but I’m happier with the effort and heart shown by our boys.

Special mention to Odwa at fullback, who I thought looked full of running and was safe at the back, and to The Bone Collector on making an impact on his return (those doubting this can give poor Mark Richards a call). On that note, I’m glad to see Mark was looking ok on the sidelines.

Let’s dive into what the press had to say, although, this being a South African derby, the Aussie Press had little to say on the matter:

South Africa:

“They looked initially to have shrugged off that setback, when Renaldo Bothma went over as he spun through two tackles after an initial break through the middle by Andre Esterhuizen. Speedy wing Lwazi Mvovo then outran the Lions defence to stretch the early lead to eight points. But the Lions rallied through Mnisi and tries from De Klerk and Vorster in the first six minutes of the second half – as they turned the scoreline around to 23-14.” –

“Some will say it was an improvement on the Sharks’ most recent performance against the Crusaders. In that fixture, the Sharks conceded eight tries and 52 points, as well as a red card. On this occasion at Ellis Park, they leaked 29 fewer points and five fewer tries, and conceded a yellow instead of a red. But to accept that argument is to embrace a loser’s mentality. The Sharks battled for much of this contest against the Lions, and an instant of indiscipline robbed them of momentum once again at a crucial juncture of the game.” –

“The Lions were 14-6 down before debutant Howard Mnisi scored on the stroke of half-time and then went over for two quick tries at the start of the second period as his side won for the fifth time in six games.” –

“Three tries in the space of seven minutes straddling halftime knocked back a passionate and committed Cell C Sharks response to a week of doom and gloom in Durban and set the Emirates Lions on course for a 23-21 win in a frenetic and nail-biting Vodacom Super Rugby derby at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday. The Sharks coaches, who had spent much of the week apologising for last week’s shocking 52-10 defeat to the Crusaders at Kings Park, asked for the players to respond to the crisis that was threatening, and they got the response they ask for. Fred Zeilinga had an opportunity to set the seal on a committed performance when he lined up an angled long range penalty on the stroke of fulltime, but sadly for him and the brave Durbanites, the ball held up to the right and confirmed the Lions’ fifth win in the last six starts.” –

New Zealand:

“The Lions came back after conceding two first-half tries to beat South African rivals Sharks 23-21 at Ellis Park on Saturday (Sunday NZT) to keep up their winning run in Super Rugby. The Lions were 14-6 down before debutant Howard Mnisi scored on the stroke of halftime and then went over for two quick tries at the start of the second period as his side won for the fifth time in six games.” –


“The Lions survived a stoppage-time scare to defeat the Sharks 23-21 Saturday and secure a Super Rugby top-six place for the first time this season. After building a nine-point lead early in the second half of the ninth-round clash, the Johannesburg Lions looked set for a South African derby victory before being rattled by a late Sharks comeback.” –


“The Lions made it back-to-back South African derby wins within a week after overcoming the Sharks 23-21 at Emirates Airlines Park. Three tries in seven minutes transformed the contest as a whole, with the Lions going from tamed to tremendous and in the process leaving their visitors shellshocked. Their home ground always brings the best out of the Lions and while their running game didn’t materalise in last week’s one-point win over the Bulls, they were in full flow here once Howard Mnisi struck just before half-time.” –

“Even an alleged laser from the stands in the eyes of Elton Jantjies couldn’t prevent the onslaught in the second half as the Lions made it five wins from their last six matches.” –

“The Lions and the Sharks both scored three tries each and the difference came down to kicks. The Sharks had the opportunity to win the match with a late penalty but Fred Zeilinga’s kick went wide. The result takes the Lions record to five wins from 9 matches and the Sharks four wins also from 9. The Sharks led 11-14 at half time but were outscored in the second half 12-7 which cost them the match.” –


“Willem Alberts > Mark Richards @TheSharksZA #ssrugby #SharksvLions”

“When the Lions are higher on the log than the Sharks… *shaking my head* @SuperRugby #SuperRugby #TheSharks #SharksRugby”

“Decision to axe Plumtree has borne no fruit.#sharksrugby man dumped for Mercenary White & Gold-plated pretender.Where is @mfactorcoaching?”

“In case you missed it. Willem Alberts is back. #BoneCollector #sharksrugby #SuperRugby”

Here’s hoping I’ll be commenting on a Sharks win this time next week.


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