2019 Lions Super Rugby Preview
April 5, 2019 - The match was played at Ellis Park on Friday 5 April 2019, and kicked off at 19:10pm SA Time.
The Sharks kicked off the match and from the start managed to pin the Lions back in their own 22. The Lions defended well, but the Sharks kept the pressure up and this lead to a few penalties conceded by the Lions, which prompted the referee to put the team on a warning, and in the 19th minute, Rhyno Herbst received a yellow card when the executed a no-arms tackle on a Sharks player close to the Lions try-line.
With the Lions one man short, the flood-gates opened and the Sharks scored three quick tries by Vermeulen, Mapimpi and Am to go 17-0 up, and then it also started raining to make conditions tricky for both teams.
Just before half time, Mapimpi scored his second try of the night to make the halftime score 25-0 for the visitors.
In the second half Thomas du Toit scored a try from close range for the Sharks, and the Lions answered with a Sylvian Mahuza try on the 78th minute. The Lions then tried to run the ball from the kickoff, but the ball went into touch inside their 22, and from the line-out the Sharks sent Fassi over the line in the right hand corner.
In the end the 42-5 win was one of the worst Lions defeats at home in a very long time.
Referee: Mike Fraser
AR1: Rasta Rasivhenge
AR2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Willie Vos
Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee; 14. Tyrone Green, 13. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 12. Lionel Mapoe, 11. Courtnall Skosan; 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje; 8. Ruan Vermaak, 7. Cyle Brink, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Marvin Orie, 4. Rhyno Herbst, 3. Carlu Sadie, 2. Malcolm Marx (Capt), 1. Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16. Jan-Henning Campher, 17. Nathan McBeth, 18. Jacobie Adriaanse, 19. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20. Stephan Lewies, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Hacjivah Dayimani, 23. Sylvian Mahuza.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Lwazi Mvovo, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Kobus van Wyk, 23 Aphelele Fassi.
Lions: 5 (0): Tries: Sylvian Mahuza. Conversions: Penalties:
Sharks: 42 (25): Tries: Jacques Vermeulen, Makazole Mapimpi (2), Lukhanyo Am, Thomas du Toit, Aphelele Fassi. Conversions: Robert du Preez (1), Curwin Bosch (2). Penalties: Robert du Preez (1), Curwin Bosch (1)