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Cell C Sharks Remain unbeaten:

The Cell C Sharks defeated the Golden Lions 37-21 at a very wet Jonsson KINGS PARK on Saturday afternoon in our fourth Currie Cup clash of the pool stages, to maintain our unbeaten status in the competition.

In the most commanding performance of the season, a bonus point win confined the Lions to their second successive defeat and kept us well on track for a home semi-final.

Persistent rain and damp conditions underfoot made conditions difficult and both sides had their fair share of issues, but it was the visitors who failed to adapt to the conditions and compounded their woes with some poor discipline as they gave away penalties with seemingly gay abandon.

A penalty within the opening three minutes of the game saw the Cell C Sharks take an early lead, Robert du Preez converting after the Lions were penalised for holding on as they tried to run the ball out their 22.

But under pressure in our 22, we couldn’t hold out under sustained pressure and the Lions managed to eventually score the opening try of the game, with the touchline conversion taking them into a 7-3 lead inside 10 minutes of the game.

A strong and patient build-up took us deep in Lions territory and a scrum penalty set us up nicely for more points, du Preez adding a second penalty on the quarter hour.

His third on the quarter of the match took us into the lead after the Lions were penalised for offsides, paying for numerous indiscretions.

With our confidence high, we attacked with venom, the ball taken through numerous hands and Kobus van Wyk having a big role to play before making the try-scoring pass to Daniel du Preez for our first try, converted by his older brother Robert for a well-worked 16-7 lead with 15 minutes of the half remaining.

The Lions were failing to handle the pressure and another strong scrum in the Lions 22 following a defensive knock-on didn’t require the penalty advantage as Dan du Preez broke away and fed scrumhalf Louis Schreuder who needed a TMO call to confirm his try, the conversion taking us into a healthy 23-7 lead.

The Lions suffered further with their indiscipline as they lost a man to the sin bin for a stupid piece of foul play and at the subsequent penalty, we opted for a dominant scrum with Luke Stringer driving over for the third try, Robert du Preez keeping his 100% kicking record with his sixth successful shot at posts for a well-deserved 30-7 half-time lead.

We were denied an early second half try when a pass to Jeremy Ward was ruled forward by the TMO in only the second minute, but there was no letting up as Dan du Preez went over for his second try, the bonus point with half an hour of the game remaining, with his brother Robert adding his seventh conversion for a 37-7 lead.

With just over a quarter of the match remaining the Lions finally managed to score a second try, having pressed hard for some time in their quest to catch up to what was looking to be an unassailable lead.

With four minutes of the game remaining, the Lions, having defended their line for eons, managed to take a quick lineout and kick upfield for the chase that resulted in a late try, the conversion taking it to a 37-21 score, although by then it was too late.

Although the game went four minutes over regulation time with the Lions pushing hard for very little reward, we had done too much on attack and defence to allow them any sniff of victory.

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