Cape Town – The Sharks have won their South African Super Rugby derby encounter against the Lions, running out 27-17 victors at Kings Park in Durban.
The Sharks secured a 14-0 lead with a quarter of the game gone thanks to tries from Curwin Bosch and Daniel du Preez with both scores converted by the flyhalf.
The Lions hung on, however, and struck back just before half-time with veteran centre Lionel Mapoe crossing the tryline for a converted score as the teams went into half-time with the Sharks leading 14-7.
The Lions tied up the match 10 minutes after half-time with a brilliant try that saw them cover the length of the field before flank Cyle Brink crashed over the line.
Bosch kicked a penalty in the 54th minute to give the Sharks a 17-14 lead and then Makazole Mapimpi extended that lead to 24-14 with a converted try after taking an intercept and running ove 80 metres to score.
The Lions through they had scored in the 74th minute only for the try to be disallowed. Jantjies kicked a penalty to cut the Shark lead to seven points at 24-17.
A Curwin Bosch penalty in four minutes from time put the game out of the Lions grasp, however.
Next week the Lions face the Stormers in Johannesburg while the Sharks take on the Hurricanes in Durban.
Tries: Curwin Bosch, Daniel du Preez, Makazole Mapimpi
Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3)
Penalties: Curwin Bosch (2)
Tries: Lionel Mapoe, Cyle Brink
Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2)
Penalties: Elton Jantjies
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola
Substitutes: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Kobus van Wyk
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi; 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom; 8 Kwagga Smith (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Vincent Tshituka, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green