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Super Rugby | Johannesburg
12:30 (GMT) | 22-07-2017
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The ball goes dead as the siren sounds and that brings this epic encounter to an end. The Lions are the victors
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Lions scrum inside their own half as they look to hold onto the ball
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Combrinck is a man for the occasion as he slots it over
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Lions line-out on their own 5 and they look to run it from their own half. They win a penalty close to the 50 mark just inside their own half and opt for goal
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The Sharks look to attack and Bosch lines up a drop-kick from out far but it drops short. The Sharks get the ball back from the 22 and it's obvious that Bosch will go for the drop-kick again
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Reinach kicks it back into Lions territory and the Lions kicks it back and chases. Scrum won by the Sharks as they are held up but it's from a fielded kick so they keep their ball
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The Lions look to run it back from the 22 drop-out and they find some space before Combrinck kicks it through
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Another place kick missed by the LIons as Combrinck's kick goes wide
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Lions scrum inside the Sharks half. They put up a few phases but the Sharks defence holds up. Penalty award to the Lions in kicking position and Combrinck steps up to take it
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Bosch adds the extras
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The Sharks opt for the scrum and Daniel du Preez goes over for the try
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After the restart the Sharks win a penalty and opt for touch. They find some momentum from the maul and then play wide. Reinach goes over for a try but the ref goes upstairs to check obstruction and he doesn't award the try but goes back to a penalty for the LIons and shows Mostert a yellow card
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Jantjies adds the extras
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The Lions runs the ball and after a well timed pass by Vorster, Lionel Mapoe goes over for the try
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Jantjies opts for the cross kick but the ball goes into touch. The Sharks clears and the Lions look to run the ball back.The Sharks makes a turnover and clears with a kick
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Sharks scrum on halfway. They look to attack the blind and finds some space. The Lions win the ball back on the ground. Lions scrum
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The Sharks win the ball back and Bosch opts to kick. The Lions return the kick. Sharks line-out close to the 50 mark
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From the restart the Lions look to attack. Jantjies clears with a kick and Mvovo kicks it into touch
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Jantjies fails to add the extras again
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The Lions holding on to the ball now and attacking in front of goal. Kriel powers his way over the try line
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From the restart the Lions look to attack and they win a penalty on the ground for no clear release. They opt for touch and JAntjies finds it on the away teams 22
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Jantjies misses yet another kick
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The Lions attacking in front of goal and Mostert goes over for a try
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A penalty is awarded to the Lions and a yellow card is shown to Lewies. The LIons opt for the scrum 5m away
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The Lions wins a scrum penalty and opt for touch. The home team puts it up in the midfield .
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Lions scrum close to the half way line as the Sharks loses the ball forward. Free-kick awarded to the Lions and they opt for another scrum
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The 2nd half gets on the way and right from the start the Sharks looks to attack again. Bosch goes for another drop-goal but he misses

Half Time

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That's the end of an exciting 1st half, could we possibly see an upset by the Sharks?
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The Sharks wins a penalty in front of goal and o Bosch kicks it perfectly as it goes sailing over
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Scrum penalty won by the Sharks and they opt for touch. The LIons win the ball back and looks to attack
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The Lions apply pressure from the restart kick and wins the ball back. The home team looks to attack but the Sharks defence holds up strong and they win a scrum
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The Sharks wins a penalty in front of goal and Bosch slots it.
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The Sharks kicks and chases with good numbers and the ball boumces in their favour but the ball is knocked forward. Lions scrum
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The Lions attacking and edging closer but the ball is won back by the Sharks and the pressure is relieved
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The Lions loses the ball and the Sharks look to attack. Another penalty won by Marx on the ground
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Penalty won by Marx on their own 5 and the pressure is relieved. The Lions opt for touch
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Lions scrum close to their own 10. A powerful scrum by the Sharks sees them win the ball and attacking in front of the Lions goal
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The Lions wins another scrum penalty in kicking distance but Jantjies fails to kick it over
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Lions putting up a few phases inside the Sharks half but a forward pass stops their momentum
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Both teams making use of the boot and Bosch slices on that goes directly into touch. Lions line-out in striking distance
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The Sharks in attacking position. Bosch goes for the drop goal and slots it
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The Lions on the attack and the ball is lost forward. The Sharks boots it down field and it goes over the try line. 22 drop-out for the Lions.
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After the restart both teams look to make use of the boot. 22 drop-out for the Lions
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Bosch fails to add the extras
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A mistake by the Lions sees the Sharks attack and Van Wyk goes over for a try wide
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The ref goes up to check foul play and awards a penalty to the Lions in front of goal and this time Jantjies makes sure
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The Lions wins a penalty in a relatively easy kicking position. They opt for goal and Jantjies strikes the upright as it bounces of the poles and the Sharks clears into touch
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The Lions on the attack edging closer but the Sharks defence forces another turnover. Sharks scrum deep inside their own half
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Sharks defence holds strong and forces a knock by the Lions and Reinach clears
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The Lions look to maul and they win a penalty as the Sharks collappse it. They opt for touch again and look to maul
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The Lions get the game on the way and the Sharks knocks the ball on from the kick off. Lions scrum and the win a penalty soon after and opt for touch
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The players are doing their final preparations before taking to the field. It's a beautiful afternoon for some running rugby in Durban. Referee Marius van der Westhuizen will be in charge of this fixture
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Players to look out for in this encounter would have to be Ruan Combrinck, Ross Cronje and Captain Jaco Kriel while Sharks strong performances by Andre Esterhuizen, Cobus Reinach and Jean-Luc Du Preez if they want to win this match
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The Lions are out to correct their wrongs of last year as they lost in the final to the Hurricanes away. The Sharks have come close on quite a few occasions and will hope that this is their year. This will be an epic encounter as we witness a South African derby of two teams that evenly however the Sharks have been struggling with consistency throughout the competition while the Lions have been dominating. So we would expect the Lions to take this one. But let's wait and see how this story unfolds.
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Welcome to Ellis Park, Johannesburg, where the Lions will take on the Sharks in this Super Rugby quarter final
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Ruan Dreyer
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Jaco Kriel
  • 7 Albertus Smith
  • 8 Ruan Ackermann
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Harold Vorster
  • 13 Lionel Mapoe
  • 14 Ruan Combrinck
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Armand van der Merwe
  • 17 Corne Fourie
  • 18 Johannes Jonker
  • 19 Lourens Erasmus
  • 20 Cyle Brink
  • 21 Francois de Klerk
  • 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 23 Sylvian Mahuza
START LINE UP
  • 1 Thomas Du Toit
  • 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle
  • 3 Coenie Oosthuizen
  • 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Stephan Lewies
  • 6 Philip van der Walt
  • 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 8 Daniel du Preez
  • 9 Cobus Reinach
  • 10 Curwin Bosch
  • 11 Sibusiso Nkosi
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Jacobus Van Wyk
  • 15 Lwazi Mvovo
RESERVES
  • 16 Franco Marais
  • 17 Juan Schoeman
  • 18 Lourens Adriaanse
  • 19 Jean Droste
  • 20 Lubabalo Mtembu
  • 21 Michael Claassens
  • 22 Garth April
  • 23 Jeremy Ward
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Preview: Lions v Sharks

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:54

SUPER RUGBY QUARTERFINAL: The Sharks must be the most successful team never to have won the trophy.

Their failures in play-off matches are well-documented.

The Durban-based franchise has been runners-up five times, lost in the semifinals on another four occasions and got knocked out in the quarterfinals or preliminary play-off stages twice more.

The Lions, in contrast, can claim a Super Rugby title.

And for the cynics, go look at the teamsheets for the 1993 Final between Transvaal and Auckland to understand why the Super 10 was a genuinely SUPER.

The Lions also appeared in two others finals - having lost 16-30 to Queensland in the 1995 Final and 3-20 to the Hurricanes last year.

Saturday's quarterfinal between the Lions and Sharks in Johannesburg will only be the fifth all-South African play-off in the history of the competition.

The Sharks may have appeared in more play-off matches than the Lions, but they have lost their last five matches against the men from Johannesburg - including twice this year.

The Lions won 27-10 in Durban last week.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann is adamant there is no chance of complacency, despite the team's recent success against their visitors from Durban.

"A lot of hard work went in [to getting into the play-offs],"Ackermann told a media briefing this week, adding that they have learnt some valuable lessons from their loss to the Hurricanes in last year's Final as well as the quarterfinal (against the Crusaders) and semifinal (Highlanders) victories.

"Hopefully the guys will understand the pressure that comes with the play-offs," the coach said, adding: "You only get one shot at it.

"If you don't do the small things well, you are out of here."

Ackermann said that while you don't have to score as many tries in the play-offs as in league matches, it is ion the Lions' DNA to score tries.

"The players are like race horses, they have been groomed and drilled to play in a certain way.

"It would be unfair to expect them to change now."

Ackermann said he wants the Lions to play with the same freedom they had all season, despite it being a play-off where even a one-point win will be good enough.

"I will trust [captain] Jaco [Kriel] to make the right decisions in that regards,"he said of the calls to attack or kick for goal, when to play for territory and when to tone it down.

Ackermann dismissed the notion of complacency, saying they will always 'respect' the opposition.

"I will be disappointed if we, as a group, don't prepare with the same attitude as for any other side."

Sharks coach Robert du Preez was confident his men could cause an upset, despite there recent run of defeats against the Lions.

"This is finals rugby and whatever has transpired previously is irrelevant in this match," Du Preez said.

"It's going to come down to our execution, discipline, but most of all it is about who wants it the most.
 
"We called for greater intensity this week and our players have heeded that call.

"There is no greater motivation to perform than when you are playing knock-out rugby and everyone is looking forward to this match.

"We want to show what our jersey means to us and make our fans proud."

Recent results:
2017: Lions win 27-10, Durban
2017: Lions won 34-29, Johannesburg
2016: Lions won 37-10, Johannesburg
2016: Lions won 24-9, Durban
2015: Lions won 23-21, Johannesburg
2015: Sharks won 29-12, Durban

Prediction: The Lions have won the last five meetings between these teams, after earning just two wins and a draw from their 13 clashes prior. This will also be the first time these teams have met in the play-offs. The Lions have won their last 12 games on the bounce, a 13th win would be the longest winning streak ever by a South African team, eclipsing the 12-game streak set by the Bulls across 2009 and 2010. The Sharks have scored just 12 points in their last three Finals fixtures away from home, including a tally of zero when they travelled to Wellington in last season’s quarter-finals. The Sharks have slotted 47 penalty goals this season, no other side landed more than 31. Ruan Combrinck is set to line up for his 50th Super Rugby cap; he has scored five tries in his last four games for the Lions. If you are a Lions supporter you will be nervous - because not only is it a play-off match, where anything can happen, but also because the Sharks are a genuine threat. However, we feel the Lions have too much class and should win by 12 points.

Determining Winners if teams are tied at full-time:
a) Extra Time - the procedure will be:
i) After a five minute rest period, the extra time is played in two 10 minute periods with a two minute half-time;
ii) Before the extra time begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss with the two captains one minute before the new kick-off. The winner of the coin toss decides if his team wants to kick-off or if his team wants to choose the side of the pitch it wants to play on for the first 10 minute period;
iii) For the second 10 minute period, the teams change sides and the team that did not kick off in the first period does so;
iv) Coaches are not permitted on the field during the rest period or half-time.
v) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period and at half-time.
vi) Injury time is added to the two 10 minute periods.
b) Sudden Death - if the match is still tied at the end of extra time, the procedure will be:
i) An up to 10 minute sudden death period is played after another five minute rest period;
ii) The first team to score (by a penalty, drop-goal or try) will be the winner;
iii) As for extra time, one minute before sudden death begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss to choose which team kicks-off and on which side of the pitch they will play.
iv) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period.
v) Injury time is added to this period of play.
c) Kicking Competition  - if the match is still tied at the end of sudden death, the referee will conduct a place kicking competition to determine the winner of the match, according to the following procedures:
i) All Players and Match officials will remain on the Playing Area. The referee will call the captains of the two teams together and will conduct a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss then may either choose which Team kicks first (in which case the loser chooses the end at which all place kicks will be taken) or choose the end at which all place kicks will be taken (in which case the loser chooses which team kicks first).

Each team must nominate five players to take part in the competition. Only players on the playing area at the final whistle of extra time may be nominated. No substituted players, injury-replaced players or players who have been shown a red card may take part at any time. For clarification purposes, any player who has received a yellow card and who remains in the sin bin at the time of the final whistle of extra time may not take part in the place kick competition (including during ‘sudden death’). The order in which the nominated players will kick does not have to be pre-determined. The match officials and the 10 nominated players (five from each team) will assemble on the half-way line. Team management and players not nominated must remain behind the half-way line in the side of the playing area not used. No one other than the match officials, the match manager, two ball persons and the participating players are allowed in the part of the playing area being used for the competition (including around the playing area, behind the posts, etc).The five players from each team will place kick from three different points, all on the 22 metre line, as follows:
* First point: directly in front of the posts
* Second point: on the 15 metre line on the left hand side facing the posts
* Third point: on the 15 metre line on the right hand side facing the posts. The referee will start the competition by calling the first player selected from the team kicking first to the first kicking point. Once the player has taken the place kick, the referee calls a player from the opposing team to take his place kick from the same point. The next two players (one from each team) will place kick from the second point in turn. This will continue until all five players from each team have place kicked (the next players place kicking respectively from the third point, the first point and finally the second point), or until one team is unable to equal the score of the other team within the remaining number of kicks (at which time the referee will declare the winner).If there are an equal number of successful kicks once each team has completed its five place kicks, the competition continues on a 'sudden death' basis, following the same order of kickers used in the first five kicks. The competition will continue two kickers at a time (one from each team), going progressively through the three kicking points as stated above (and repeating the process if necessary) until one player succeeds with a place kick and the player from the other team taking the same place kick misses it. Once this occurs, the team of the player who succeeded with the place kick will be declared the winner. Each of these additional kicks shall be taken by the same five players in rotation. Throughout the place kicking competition:
* Once a player has positioned the ball on the kicking tee, he must take the kick within one minute.  Should he take longer, the referee shall declare the kick unsuccessful.  
* After each kick, the referee records the number of the player and whether or not the attempt was successful. The sideline manager/substitution recorder will record the same details on the official match report.
* Whether or not the kick is successful in each case is the sole decision of the referee, who may at his sole discretion rely on the assistance of his assistant referees. The referee’s decision shall be final and binding.
* Once a player has completed their place kick, they shall return to stand with their team behind the half-way line in the side of the playing area not used.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jacobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, 23 Jeremy Ward.

Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT)
Expected weather: Pleasant with plenty of sunshine. High of 21°C and a low of 6°C
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Combrinck breaks Sharks' hearts

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:00

MATCH REPORT: A late long-distance penalty from wing Ruan Combrinck helped the Lions edge the Sharks 23-21 in their Super Rugby quarterfinal in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The wing slotted the angled 58-metre kick at Ellis Park stadium under massive pressure to settle an all-South African quarterfinal that proved much closer than expected.

Lions' reward is a home semifinal next Saturday against defending champions Hurricanes of New Zealand, who beat the Brumbies of Australia 35-16 in Canberra Friday.

Sharks, dismissed as no-hopers after a 17-point regular-season home loss to the Lions last weekend, built a 14-3 half-time lead and were one point ahead when Combrinck struck. 

Converting the penalty was a huge relief for the Springbok, who missed the June Test series against France due to injury, as he missed an easier earlier shot at goal.

On a bad afternoon for Lions' goal-kickers, flyhalf Elton Jantjies succeeded with only two of six attempts before being substituted.

Sharks suffered severely from the harsh yellow-carding of lock Stephan Lewies for offside six minutes into the second half with the Lions scoring two tries while numerically advantaged.

The Lions also had a lock, Springbok Francois Mostert, sent to the sin bin, for intentionally collapsing a maul.

His 10 minutes off the field also proved costly as No.8 Daniel du Preez scored a try, which flyhalf Curwin Bosch converted to put the Sharks 21-20 ahead with 13 minutes left.

The Durban outfit retained the narrow advantage until Combrinck showed once again what a superb long-distance goal-kicker he is. 

But when Sharks fullback Lwazi Mvovo watches replays of the lead-up to the crucial kick, he will be bitterly disappointed.

Comfortably gathering a long kick inside his half and under no pressure, he opted to run the ball and was dispossessed in midfield.

He then drifted into an offside position and the resultant penalty gave Combrinck the opportunity to win the match.

After Jantjies slotted a 10th-minute penalty, the Sharks took control and punished a midfield muddle by the home team to score a try through wing Jacobus van Wyk.

Bosch booted a drop goal to stretch the lead to 8-3 and kicked two penalties in the final five minutes of the half for an 11-point advantage by the break.

With Lewies in the sin bin, Mostert and skipper and flank Jaco Kriel scored unconverted tries while the kicking woes of Jantjies continued.    

After the Sharks were restored to 15 men, the Lions took a 20-14 lead with a quick tap penalty by Harold Vorster leading to fellow centre Lionel Mapoe scoring and Jantjies converting.

Sharks went ahead again just after Mostert was yellow-carded with Du Preez, one of two sons of Sharks coach Robert in the back row, barging over and Bosch converting.

Record seven-time champions the Crusaders of New Zealand will host compatriots Chiefs or the Stormers of South Africa in the other semifinal next weekend.

Man of the match: Sharks captain Philip van der Walt was brilliant in this match. He was strong with ball in hand and he dominated the tackle area as well.

The scorers:

For Lions:
Tries: Mostert, Kriel, Mapoe
Con: Jantjies
Pens: Jantjies, Combrinck

For Sharks:
Tries: Van Wyk, D du Preez
Con: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 2
DG: Bosch

Yellow cards: Stephan Lewies (Sharks, 46 - repeated infringements, offside), Francois Mostert (Lions, 65 - cynical play, collapsing the maul)

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jacobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April, Jeremy Ward

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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Franco Mostert (47min), Jaco Kriel (51min), and Lionel Mapoe (60min)
TRIES
Jacobus Van Wyk (11min) and Daniel du Preez (66min)
Elton Jantjies (61min)
CONVERSIONS
Curwin Bosch (67min)
Elton Jantjies (9min) and Ruan Combrinck (78min)
PENALTIES
Curwin Bosch (34min) and Curwin Bosch (39min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Curwin Bosch (17min)
Franco Mostert (64min)
Stephan Lewies (46min)
 
 
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)