Sigma Lions Succumbs To Slow Poison From The Cell C Sharks

 

The Sigma Lions hosted the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park where the Sharks managed to slowly get the upper hand over the Lions as the match progressed and managed to beat them 43-31.

Although the match started evenly in all aspects, the Sharks managed to force the Lions to commit errors with good pressure and territorial play. That being said, the Lions themselves committed many unforced errors which prevented them from getting much needed go-forward momentum and cause them to turn over the ball during the few attacking opportunities that they had. The latter part of the match saw the play opening up and both teams running the ball and capitalising on each other's mistakes. Although the Lions managed to score a few times in it was too little too late.

08:29 Lions winger Boldwin Hansen scores a brilliant try after collecting the ball after it was kicked from the Lions' quarter. Converted by Vaughen Isaacs (7-0).

10:49 Sharks winger Marnus Potgieter scores a try after a break down the sideline in the Lions' quarter. Converted by Boeta Chamberlain (7-7).

20:00 The first 20 minutes of the match both teams decided to use tactical kicking to force the other to commit errors with the Lions committing the majority of the errors, allowing the Sharks to force them back into their half every time they managed to play into the Sharks' half. The forwards were evenly matched in the scrums.

26:27 Sharks scrumhalf Cameron Wright scores a try after collecting the ball from a heel against the head scrum by the Sharks in the Lions' quarter. Converted by Boeta Chamberlain (7-14).

30:10 Penalty awarded against the Lions in their half. Successfully kicked by Boeta Chamberlain (7-17).

41:16 Penalty awarded against the Lions for illegal scumming just inside their half. Successfully kicked by Boeta Chamberlain (7-20).

40:00 The Sharks started to play more in the Lions' half and enjoyed more possession. They managed to score more points with good pressure play forcing more turnovers by the Lions. The Lions could not capitalise on the one or two occasions in which they managed to get into the Sharks' quarter by losing the ball during critical attacking lineouts. At this stage, it is the Lions playing against themselves by committing unnecessary errors which are preventing them from gaining much needed forward momentum and scoring opportunities.

44:32 Sharks flanker Thembelani Bholi crashes over the try line after repeated attacking phase play by the Sharks in the Lions' quarter. The conversion was unsuccessful (7-25).

48:41 Emmanuel Tshituka scores the Lions' second try after driving forward play in the Sharks' quarter. The conversion was unsuccessful (12-25).

51:22 Celimpilo Gumede scored the Sharks' 4th try after falling on a loose ball kicked through by the Sharks in the Lions' quarter. The conversion was unsuccessful (12-30). 

54:11 Divan Rossouw scored the Lions' 3rd try after collecting a loose ball in the Sharks' quarter. Converted by Vaughen Isaacs (19-30).

57:10 Penalty awarded against the Lions in their half. Successfully kicked by Sanele Nohamba (19-33).

60:00 The match opened up more with both teams running the ball and capitalising on each other's mistakes to score. The Lions managed to build on their score however the Sharks managed to stay in the lead.

62:11 Penalty awarded against the Lions in their half. Successfully kicked by Sanele Nohamba (19-36).

66:06 Dan Jooste scores a try for the Sharks after a drinking maul in the Lions' quarter. Converted by Sanele Nohamba (19-43).

70:31 Morne Brandon scores a try for the Lions after a driving maul in the Sharks' quarter. Converted by Vaughen Isaacs (26-43).

77:00 James Mollentze scores a try for the Lions. The conversion was unsuccessful (31-43).

Scorers:
Sigma Lions: Tries: Boldwin Hansen, Emmanuel Tshituka, Divan Rossouw, Morne Brandon, James Mollentze. Conversions: Vaughen Isaacs (3)
Cell C Sharks: Tries: Marnus Potgieter, Cameron Wright, Thembelani Bholi, Celimpilo Gumede, Dan Jooste. Conversions: Boeta Chamberlain (2), Sanele Nohamba. Penalties: Boeta Chamberlain (2), Sanele Nohamba (2)

Teams:
Sigma Lions: 15. Quan Horn 14. Boldwin Hansen 13. James Mollentze 12.Matt More 11. Divan Rossouw 10. Vaughen Isaacs 9. Jurich Claasens 8. Emmanuel Tshituka 7. Vincent Tshituka 6. Sibusiso Sangweni 5. Simon Dinisio 4. PJ Steenkamp 3. Asenathi Ntlabakanye (c) 2. Dameon Venter. 1. JP Smith Replacements: 16. Morne Brandon 17. Banele Mthenjane 18. Chergin Fillies 19. Lunga Ncube 20. MJ Pelser 21. Nico Steyn 22. Fred Zeilinga 23. Tyler Bocks.

Cell C Sharks: 15. Yaw Penxe, 14. Werner Kok, 13. Jeremy Ward, 12. Murray Koster, 11. Marnus Potgieter, 10. Boeta Chamberlain, 9. Cameron Wright, 8. Celimpilo Gumede, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 6. James Venter (Captain), 5. Reniel Hugo, 4. Le Roux Roets, 3. Khutha Mchunu, 2. Fez Mbatha, 1. Khwezi Mona. Replacements: 16. Dan Jooste, 17. Dian Bleuler, 18. Wiehahn Herbst, 19. Emile van Heerden, 20. OJ Noa, 21. Sanele Nohamba, 22. Inny Radebe, 23. Bradley Davids

Article by Francois du Toit