2018 Super Rugby Week 1 game: Lions v Sharks review


So today’s first round of the Super Rugby season between the Lions v Sharks are tight to watch.

We have seen some excellent tries & playing an aggressive set of rugby.

But at the end of the day, it only has to come down to one winner at the 80th minute.

1st half

It was a great start from new fly-half Robert Du Preez Jr. Where he created that gap past Lions No.10 of Elton Jantjies to score his first try for the Sharks.

Like the pass from Ross Cronje to Elton Jantjies where he made a stunning offload to Lionel Mapoe to put the Lions level 7-7 in the 17th minute.

Harold Vorster created some threat by running straight to the Sharks defense before Mapoe built some depth with confidence at the right time.

Like the flowing pass from Andries Coetzee to Warren Whiteley before Aphiwe Dyantyi made a stunning dash to the try line.

It’s outstanding to see Dyantyi score his first try on his Super Rugby debut.

Interesting to point out as said by Warren Brosnihan where Dyantyi:

  • Gave up rugby after graduating from school to study at the University of Johannesburg because he wasn’t tall enough.
  • He has an honors degree in BCom Marketing.
  • He came up with the Varsity Cup system, and it conveys the talent pool within South Africa is in safe hands.

Don’t write Dyantyi off yet because there’s more to come from him throughout this season in the No.11 wing position.

Elton Janjtes made his first successful conversion of the day before the Lions lead the Sharks 14-7 at Half-Time.

2nd half

Young scrum half Cameron Wright made an accurate offload to Sbu Nkosi where he added another try for the Sharks.

The conversion wasn’t successful as the Lions still leads by 14-12 at the 43rd minute.

Excellent chase by Andries Coetzee where he managed to find some support from Sylvian Mahuza to keep the ball alive.

Harold Vorster then struck a fantastic offload to Lionel Mapoe to hit his second try of the match.

There were forwards screaming for the ball on the outside.

But Mapoe didn’t need them, he just held his depth nicely by extending the Lions lead to 21-7.

No.9 Cameron Wright makes a beautiful pass over the top of another new signing on the wing, Makazole Mapimpi before he scored his first try for the Sharks this season.

Mapimpi is looking to help a significant team become a genuine finals contender in the months ahead.

The Sharks trailed the Lions by two points and was on the verge of hijacking their night.

However, No.6 flanker Kwagga Smith made a low body position, and strong leg drive where he quickly placed the ball over the line.

Smith scored the 4th try for the Golden Lions side where they continued their dominance across the South African opposition.


Final Score: Lions 26-19 Sharks.

That is 18 wins on the table for the Lions now.

New coach Swys de Bruin has all the resources covered that still sees the Lions as the team worth to watch this Super Rugby season.

They have a game v the Jaguares next Saturday at Emirates Airline Park.

The Sharks, on the other hand, have high talent where I’m impressed by the talented Scrum-Half of Cameron Wright.

He made some stunning offloads & knows when to identify his team-mates at his disposal where he set himself some Super Rugby standard performances for this match.

So the young talent pool that the Sharks have got now is in great shape.

But at the same time, the poor scrummaging, too many handling errors and a lack of pace needs work if the Sharks want to win back in a fortnight’s time.

Overall, what a fantastic first week back into the new Super Rugby season.

There’s plenty more from the Pretoria Bulls as well as the Sunwolves, Australian, and New Zealand teams beginning next week.

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