Golden Lions
Janse (10') ,
Van (11') ,
Nel (15') ,
Van (16') ,
Volmink (20') ,
Jansen (30') ,
Booysen (45') ,
Van (46')
Mtembu (40') ,
Vermeulen (51') ,
(51') ,
(55') ,
Schreuder (60') ,
(60') ,
(67') ,
(68') ,
Vermeulen (74') ,
(75') ,
Daniel (79') ,


CONVERSION, SHARKS, APRIL! 31-47: April slots a beauty!
FULL TIME: The Sharks did really well to come back in the second half. The red card to Coetzee was the turning point in this game. At that stage the Sharks were overshadowed and only with the extra man and the advantage in the scrum after that, were they able to dominate.
TRY, SHARKS, DANIEL! 31-45: Keegan Daniel goes over to rub more salt in the Lions wounds. The TMO confirms all in order. That came from a turnover ball yet again.
The Lions are all over the place now. They will not be able to come back here.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, APRIL! 31-40: April extends the lead.
TRY, SHARKS, VERMEULEN! 31-28: The Lions string together eight phases before knocking it on. The Sharks lead the counter attack after the turnover and eventually Vermeulen goes over for his second try!
Van der Walt and Janse van Vuuren break the line and the Lions come close, but they go too far wide and the ball goes into touch. The Lions are panicking now. They should just play their normal game.
The Lions have the feed to the scrum on the halfway line.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, APRIL! 31-33: April ensures that the Sharks take the lead.
TRY, SHARKS, MEYER! 31-31: The scores are level as the Sharks drive forward after the line-out and Meyer forces his way over.
The Sharks win a penalty for a ruck infringement. April finds touch nine meters out.
A promising Lions move comes to an end as the ball goes out into touch.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, APRIL! 31-26: April makes it a five point game.
TRY, SHARKS, SCHREUDER! 31-24: It is all happening for the Sharks now. They apply the pressure at scrumtime and Schreuder goes over on the right for the bonus point try.
The Sharks win a scrum free-kick and they opt for another scrum. The Lions scrum have been under pressure since the departure of Coetzee with the red card.
NO TRY and the Sharks should have scored! April knocks it on in front of an open try line after a shocking pass from Keegan Daniel.
PENALTY TRY, SHARKS! 31-19: The Sharks are awarded a penalty try, after repeated scrum infringements by the Lions five meters from their own line.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, APRIL! 31-12: This time April slots the conversion.
RED CARD, LIONS, COETZEE! 31-10: Coetzee is red carded for kicking Vermeulen in the face after he scored the try. That was unintentional but those are the rules.
TRY, SHARKS, VERMEULEN! 31-10: The Sharks control the possession after the line-out and then Vermeulen forces his way over for a well deserved try.
The Sharks win a penalty and Coetzee is penalised for hands in the ruck. April finds touch on the Lions 22.
CONVERSION, LIONS, VAN DER WALT! 31-5: van der Walt shows April how it is done!
TRY, LIONS, BOOYSEN! 29-5: The Lions turnover yet another Sharks ball. Janse van Vuuren then breaks the line and Dayimani creates a gap and sends Booysen away to score! Great work!
Janse van Rensburg overcooks a kick and it goes directly into touch for a Lions line-out.
Robbie Coetzee is down due to an injury with a lot of blood around.
We are off in the second half as van der Walt starts proceedings.
TRY, SHARKS, MTEMBU! 24-5: A great break by Janse van Rensburg creates an opportunity for the Sharks to narrow the gap on the stroke of half time. The conversion is completely messed up by April from out front.
HALF TIME: It has been all Lions in the first half here and they have not allowed the Sharks to get into this game until the last minute before half time. The Sharks will have to score first if they want to have any chance here tonight. Please join us for the second half soon.
The Sharks win an offside penalty and April finds touch outside the Lions 22.
The Lions win a scrum penalty after putting the Sharks under pressure. Van der Walt finds touch inside the Sharks half.
The Lions scrum have been better this evening. They have had a torrid time in the scrum thus far in this campaign.
It's all going wrong for the Sharks and they just cannot get going.
The conversion is again missed by van der Walt.
TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN VUUREN! 24-0: Kruger steals a Sharks line-out ball five meters from the Sharks line. They keep the ball in hand and then Janse van Vuuren scores after some great work from his forwards. A good team try!
The Lions secure the line-out and after 12 phases, van der Walt gives possession away with a silly attempt at a drop goal.
The Lions win a penalty and van der Walt finds touch inside the Sharks 22.
A rookie mistake by the Sharks as the line-out throw fails to go at least five meters and also thrown directly to a Sharks player.
The conversion is missed by van der Walt.
TRY, LIONS, VOLMINK! 19-0: That was too easy. After the line-out they keep possession and go wide. That was great work from the left wing to finish that off and to score in the right hand corner.
The Sharks concede a penalty for a shoulder charge and van der Walt finds touch near the Sharks 22. What a great strike from him.
Once again the Sharks mess it up after making their way into the Lions 22.
CONVERSION, LIONS, VAN DER WALT! 14-0: van der Walt slots a beauty!
TRY, LIONS, NEL! 12-0: The Sharks now string together eight phases, before knocking it on in contact. Kankowski then launch a counter attack after the turnover. They then decide to kick foward and again the bounce favours them and Nel goes over to score their second try.
CONVERSION, LIONS, VAN DER WALT! 7-0: van der Walt extends the lead.
TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 5-0: Janse van Rensburg scores after the bounce from a van der Walt kick favours him. Finally the pressure leads to points.
We have a Lions line-out on the Sharks 10 meter line.
The Lions win the line-out and make their way to within a meter of the line, before losing the ball forward in the tackle.
The Lions win a penalty on their own 10 meter line. Once again the player fails to release the ball. Jaco van der Walt finds touch seven meters from the Sharks line.
Garth April fails to open his account with a long range penalty.
The first penalty is awarded to the Sharks on the Lions 10 meter line, for not releasing the ball in the tackle.
Garth April gets us going here in Johannesburg.
Welcome to our live coverage of this exciting Currie Cup Premier Division clash between the Golden Lions and the Sharks, from Emirates Airline Park, in Johannesburg.
The Golden Lions will be seeking for a win today after having lost two of the three games they have been involved in. They do however have the benefit of having been rested, while their opponents were involved in a tough game against the Bulls on National Womens Day. They will also be boosted by the return of some of their quality Super Rugby players.
The Sharks on the other hand will be in a confident mood after their victory over the Bulls at Loftus on Wednesday. They have now managed three wins in a row after an initial opening round loss to the Free State Cheetahs.
Team Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski (c), 7 Fabian Booysen, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie. Substitutes: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Janse van Vuuren, 21 Siya Masuku, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi
Team Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’bu Nkosi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit Substitutes (from): Akker van der Merwe, Inny Radebe, Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer, Jean Droste, Louis Schreuder, Michael Claassens, Mzamo Majola, Wian Vosloo
The last time these unions met was when the Lions beat the Sharks at the same venue in the Super Rugby quarterfinals.
Our referee is Egon Seconds.
Odwa Ndungane leads the Sharks out in his 100th match.

Match Summary

Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
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