Kriel’s try saves Lions
Emirates Lions flanker Jaco Kriel scored a dramatic winning try in the closing minutes of an absorbing local Vodacom Super Rugby derby match on Saturday evening in Johannesburg to clinch a thrilling 34-29 win for the home side against the Cell C Sharks.
The red and white jerseys have now won nine matches in a row on their Highveld home ground.
In the first local derby of the day the DHL Stormers romped to a record 53-10 victory over the Toyota Cheetahs in Cape Town for their biggest ever win over the Free Staters.
And in the remaining Saturday match involving a South African side, the Vodacom Bulls started impressively but could not withstand a successful fightback from the Chiefs who eventually won their Hamilton fixture 28-12.
Hooker Malcolm Marx and Courtnall Skosan also dotted down for the Emirates Lions while prop Coenie Oosthuizen and wing Kobus van Wyk crossed over for the Durban side. Young flyhalf Curwin Bosch delivered another impressive display and although he finished on the losing side, he was deservedly awarded with the Vodacom Man of the Match award.
Emirates Lions 34 – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco Kriel; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2); Penalties: Jantjies (4); Drop goal: Andries Coetzee.
Cell C Sharks – Tries: Coenie Oosthuizen, Kobus van Wyk; Conversion: Curwin Bosch (2); Penalties: Bosch (4); Drop goal: Bosch.