The Sharks comprise left themselves in prime arrangement to recount a house semi-last after romping to a 56-14 use over the Lions at Ellis Park.
Sharks scrumhalf Grant Williams was the catalyst for an attacking sport from the visitors in the first half of, and they would bustle in four unanswered tries in the first stanza.
Williams the spark
Williams exploded off the assist of a driven lineout to pierce the Lions defence and space up centre Marius Louw to pause the opening ranking.
His Sharks halfback partner Lionel Cronje then created a moment of magic with an dauntless circulation to space Thaakir Abrahams in for the first of his three tries.
Lions hooker PJ Botha was sin binned for cynical play in a moment that regarded to abolish off any kind of vigour from the hosts.
Williams was again the spark in the third attempt, taking a spot before handing off to Jeremy Ward who would throw the last circulation to skipper Phepsi Buthelezi.
The Sharks clinched their bonus point before half of time when fullback Anthony Volmink crossed huge on the left after Williams had fired out a circulation from a centre area ruck to the uncovered Lions’ flank.
In a crushing blow to the Lions they thought they had scored simplest to query the ball ripped from Emmanuel Tshituka’s hands on the line and the Sharks going 100 metres to ranking through Abrahams.
Tshituka deserved the reward for his laborious work and after a succession of shut-vary drives, he in the end powered through three tackles to flooring the ball half of method out on the left to destroy the Lions duck.
Change scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba made his have spectacular observation with the Sharks’ sixth attempt, dancing and jigging his method in from midway, after an supreme SBW-model rooster-hover offload from replacement assist Murray Koster.
Nevertheless Nohamba’s quickstep was outdone by hat-trick certain Abrahams eight minutes later – sandwiching a second attempt for the Lions by replacement hooker Jaco Visagie. Abrahams essayed three immense facet-steps off his left foot in dodge interior a sweeping defence to jig in the assist of the poles.
Ancient Lion Volmink finished the scoring in the last minute of play, taking Abrahams’ scoring circulation, as the Sharks broke out from their have half of all over again as another doomed Lions assault broke down.
Scorers: Lions 14-56 Sharks
Lions 14 (0) – Tries: Emmanuel Tshituka, Jaco Visagie. Conversions: Jordan Hendrikse (2).
Sharks 56 (28) – Tries: Thaakir Abrahams (3), Anthony Volmink (2), Marius Louw, Phepsi Buthelezi, Sanele Nohamba. Conversions: Lionel Cronje (5), Boeta Chamberlain (3).