Emirates Lions triumph in #SuperHeroSunday

03 February 2018

 

The Emirates Lions’ Spiderman team won 19-14 over the Cell C Sharks’ Black Panther side. The match was clearly used as a ‘practice’ and there were the obvious pre-season errors which was to be expected and the first quarter ended scoreless.

The Sharks opened the scoring with Makazole Mapimpi intercepting a no-look pass from replacement Shaun Reynolds in the 25th minute.

The Lions continued to push for tries, declining kicks at goal and they got their reward in the 35th minute, when hooker Malcolm Marx barged over from a line-out five metres out from the Sharks line. Elton Jantjies kicked the conversion to make it 7–7.

At the start of the second half both teams made a rash of changes, as both coaches tested their fringe players. It was a moment of magic from flyhalf Elton Jantjies that set Courtnall Skosan up for the first try after the break. Jantjies’ conversion attempt drifted wide.

The Sharks did not take long to get back into the game, with Armand van der Merwe driving over after a few powerful phases near the Lions’ line. Bosch added the conversion to edge the Sharks into the lead 14-12.

A stray pass was capitalised on by Sylvian Mahuza, who sprinted from well within his own half to get the Lions back in the lead. Jantjies made it 19-14 with the conversion.

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