Sharks vs Lions 2.0

Written by Jan Dyman (JD)

Posted in :Supersport Rugby Challenge on 29 Jun 2018 at 09:49

After sneaking into the Quarter-Final with a great 48-21 victory over the Toyota Free State XV the Cell C Sharks XV will now face the Xerox Lions VX at 14h00 on Saturday at JONSSON KINGS PARK. Originally the match was scheduled to be played on Sunday 1 July at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium but according to the official Sharks website the game will now be the curtain-raiser to the Cell C Sharks match against the Emirates Lions (however some other websites still have different places and dates for the match).

All I know it that it’s going to be an interesting game as last week both teams used the chance to give Super rugby players some game time to remove a bit of rust before the restart of Super rugby this weekend.

Of the starting team only Courtney Winnaar did not have Super rugby experience and 9 players (Juan Schoeman, Ross Geldenhuys, Hyron Andrews, Philip van der Walt, Cameron Wright, Louis Schreuder, Marius Louw, Lwazi Mvovo and Curwin Bosch) are now included in this weeks Cell C Sharks Super rugby (23 man) squad.

The Cell C Sharks XV to play the Xerox Lions XV is:

1. Jordan Els
2. Franco Marais
3. John-Hubert Meyer
4. Rikus Zwart
5. Andrew Evans
6. Cornelius Otto
7. Wian Vosloo
8. Tera Mtembu (C)
9. Grant Williams
10. Garth April
11. Tristan Blewett
12. Jeremy Ward
13. Kobus van Wyk
14. Aphelele Fassi
15. Courtney Winnaar

16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Khutha Mchunu
18. Mzamo Majola
19. JJ van der Mescht
20. Kwanda Dimaza
21. Francois de Villiers
22. Danrich Visagie

Best of luck to the team and let’s hope we can beat the Lions twice on one day!!!


  • Haven’t been able to see any of this team’s matches this year. How is young JJ shaping at higher level? Will he be what we are hoping for in a few years’ time?

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.06.18 10:03:03 by T-Shark Reply
  • @T-Shark (Comment 1) : I was wondering the same thing

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.06.18 12:03:10 by StevieS Reply
  • Xerox Golden Lions vs Sharks VX:
    1 Sithembiso Sithole
    2 Pieter Jansen
    3 Jacobie Adriaanse
    4 Robert Kruger
    5 Rhyno Herbst (c)
    6 James Venter
    7 Vincent Tshituka
    8 Len Massyn
    9 Bradley Thain
    10 Shaun Reynolds
    11 Tyrone Green
    12 Manuel Rass
    13 Wandisile Simelane
    14 Sylvian Mahuza
    15 Gianni Lombard

    16 H.P van Schoor
    17 Chergin Fillies
    18 Reinhard Nothnagel
    19 PJ Steenkamp
    20 Morné van den Berg
    21 Jan-Louis La Grange
    22 Madosh Tambwe

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.06.18 12:16:02 by Baylion Reply

  • Courtney :mrgreen: this guy must be one hell of a boxer to make it to this level of rugby with a name like that. I reckon his fists have drawn blood on many occasions when someone had a smart mouth about it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.06.18 12:24:15 by Poisy Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : Didn’t know Green is playing SRC. Him, Lombard and Simelane are great prospects. Very entertaining to watch too. Should be a good game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.06.18 13:10:31 by Quintin Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : Agreed! At least it’s not Computer, or Little Tree 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.06.18 13:11:36 by Quintin Reply

  • In terms of match readiness how would you rate lions vs sharks. Lots of sharks have had a run last week it might be a plus.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.06.18 14:44:33 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 3) : How much game time have the lions guys had since we had to break for springbok rugby?

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.06.18 14:46:04 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : @Quintin (Comment 6) : must say he just looks like the type of guy that would not be bothered about what people say and think he will just carry on doing his own thing!

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.06.18 15:35:52 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 8) : The Lions team is loaded with their u20 Boks (potent backline) and fringe SR players, with some of the u20 Boks not making the team. This is a strong Lions side

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.06.18 16:55:16 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 10) : Not arguing that but have they had game time? Just trying to assess the matchup in terms of rustiness. On paper it seems lions are favoured but that could be a factor.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.06.18 17:07:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : Are your talking about the SSRC team or the SR team..

    In the SR match, the Sharks are playing 13 of Rassie’s Boks, the Lions 5. The Sharks are favoured. But it depends on which team gells. The big issue in the SR game tomorrow will be the forwards. The Sharks pack outweigh the Lions’ 925 kgs to 868 kgs, the Lions have a lightweight speedy pack, the Sharks a heavy slow pack.

    As to game time, the Lions gave their SR players a run last week against a virtual SR Bulls side, barring their Boks, and won 47-29.

    Tomorrow it is about which team gells

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.06.18 17:15:47 by Baylion Reply

  • BTW, I haven’t been on the site since Rob abdicated and I’m glad to see Richard and others have kept the site going. Hopefully rob will decide to join us again

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.06.18 17:20:01 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : So it’s pretty even as who to had enough field time. Still very evenly matched?

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.06.18 17:21:14 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 14) : Are you talking about the SR game or the SSRC game?

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.06.18 17:29:39 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 15) : Well field time is field time. If they played a game it count more than idle time. So both I guess.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.06.18 17:35:05 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 13) : think for a lot of us it would just be unthinkable for Sharksworld to “close down” and really appreciate Rob trusting us to run it! So welcome back and hope to see more of you!

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.06.18 17:37:04 by JD Reply
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  • @T-Shark (Comment 1) : His looked surprisingly mobile and confident that far, his big like a athlete not big like a chubby lock (apologies to Wian Hay lol) sharks seem to be bring him in slowly, and with rolling subs they have used him well, they has been a lot of change to the SSRC team this year only constant has been the fullback winnar who last year looked all at sea but this year has really impressed me

    there seem to be a rotation policy with the front row forwards and at time sr front row forwards were given game time.

    That lions second team looks like a tough one

    we gain a curtain raiser but we lose the ability to watch this game live on tv, but with the super sport camera already their I hope they at least capture the game for later broadcast as they did with a few other ssrc game this season

    makes sense not to broadcast it live I guess, with the bulls also playing a sr game at a similar time.

    wish I was in durbs to watch both games though

    Going to green point park to watch wp and the cheetahs see who can knock the ball on the most one sunday in the last quarter final, played in a forecast storm lol.

    When you love rugby, you love rugby I guess. next week I get to watch the sharks live in cape town yay

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.06.18 23:20:40 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : A number of the 13 Sharks’ Boks didn’t get much game time during the England series or in the last test, so the Lions players probably had a bit more time on the field

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.06.18 08:53:18 by Baylion Reply

  • Great game by the guys. 53-12 against that Lions team is a great achievement. Courtney Winnaar was sublime as was Garth April. Main game soon to come, repeat score maybe? Hoping for a good crowd :mrgreen: let’s go boys!!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.06.18 16:08:15 by Fox Reply

  • Peyper clueless in the scrum again

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.06.18 17:38:36 by jdolivier Reply

  • Peyper really wants the lions to win this one

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.06.18 17:40:45 by jdolivier Reply

  • Sharks are trying their best not to win

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.06.18 17:59:30 by jdolivier Reply

  • score?

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.06.18 18:54:37 by Poisy Reply
  • Game over sharks win 31-24

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.06.18 19:08:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Massive 2nd half outscoring the Lions 20-3

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.06.18 19:08:54 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Sharks tries by Dan Dup/Mvovo and AE – 16 points to Robert Dup

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.06.18 19:11:19 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Akker man of the match.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.06.18 19:13:16 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 24) : should have gone to Kings Park could have seen Sharks beat Lions twice in one day! But then again seems the Sharks play there best rugby when the two of us don’t watch them play! 😈

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.06.18 22:32:44 by JD Reply
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  • 55-12. Wow! Didn’t expect this. Not this margin anyway

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.07.18 09:57:15 by Baylion Reply

  • @JD (Comment 29) : Same with me. Only when I miss the game….

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.07.18 10:14:59 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 30) : don’t think anyone expected that margin!

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.07.18 11:20:08 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 31) : I watched most of the first half (and the score shows it) but decided my heart can’t take it so only checked in for updates in the second half. Think it’s the way I’m going to watch Sharks games!

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.07.18 11:24:54 by JD Reply
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  • Glad to hear the defense was looking better. Hopefully that includes the back 3?

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.07.18 12:04:17 by coolfusion Reply

  • Does anyone know whether video highlights are available somewhere for the Sharks XV game?

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.07.18 16:00:43 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 35) : no sign of any, seems super sport only captured the wp vs cheetahs game, though you may see glimpses of the game on the SRC magazine show call born to rugby on super sport.

    with us, griquas, pumas, and free state through I believe fs will play pumas as they where top of the combined log, and we will griquas, will also be interested to see where the venue for these games will be, I stand to be corrected though.

    I think this is the pumas year with this tournament, there accuracy and effectiveness as been next level with stone house back, much like when he coached them in the no defunct vodacom cup, which this tournament is (a reserve league when sr is on)

    Id still like to know where deysel, zas etc are ?

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.07.18 17:30:49 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 36) : Cheers. The Supersport YT channel has some replays of Rugby Challenge games but nothing up to date.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.07.18 18:32:44 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : @coolfusion (Comment 31) : best then you chaps stop watching anymore Sharks games and give them a chance hey

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.07.18 22:46:54 by benji Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 36) : Pumas vs Sharks in Nelspruit, and Griquas vs Cheetahs in Kimberley. Two tough srmi-finals indeed. Sharks were impressive in dispatching the Lions, whilst a good win in conditions that suited WP, for the Chjetahs will give them confidence heading into the semifinals

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.07.18 07:04:44 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : I havtn watched this Cheetahs side of late but seeing Stapelberg at 10 and Ben10 at 13 really caused opposition troubl with their distribution. Those 2 made the hard running 12 that much more effective. That said WP were pretty crap to be honest. But guess you only play as well as you are allowed. Pumas and Griquas must start as the big favourites though

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.07.18 14:06:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 40) : Have to agree! Apart from WP they have been the form teams throughout. Though the Cheetajs and Sharks will fancy there chance, no doubt. Going to be hard fought affairs, I am thinking.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.07.18 14:35:43 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @benji (Comment 38) : for sure only highlights for me format least the rest of the season! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.07.18 17:26:00 by JD Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 36) : @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : @SheldonK (Comment 40) : Ja mustmsay think it’s going to be very tough for any team to beat Pumas in Nelspruit! But then the Sharks usually perform best when they absolutely have no chance of winning so let’s see!?
    Griquas in Kimberley is also going to be tough so best of luck for your team against the Griquas!

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.07.18 17:32:13 by JD Reply
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  • What’s the injury toll? And for how long?

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.07.18 09:05:07 by coolfusion Reply


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