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Sharks cruise but Lions upset Cheetahs

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Sportal.co.nz     15 Feb 2014     Getty Images

First five-eighths Patrick Lambie scored in injury time to claim the fourth try bonus and end the game with 16 points.

The Sharks had scored three tries in the first half to Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and Odwa Ndungane.

It was a mixed day for Lambie with his boot as he missed several shots at goal while the Sharks suffered for indiscipline when Jean Deysel was sin-binned late in the second half for repeated infringements.

Jonathon Ross scored a late try for the Bulls while former Springboks lock Victor Matfield played 35 minutes of the second half but even his presence could not lift the side.

Meanwhile, the Lions marked their return to Super Rugby with a 21-20 upset win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

It took a last minute dropped goal from first five-eighths Marnitz Boshoff to secure the win.

The Cheetahs dominated throughout but their Springbok first five-eighths Johan Goosen marked his own return to the top flight with a below par goal-kicking performance, missing his first two shots at goal.

The Cheetahs did score the first try of the game after a break by fullback Willie le Roux who passed on to wing Raymond Rhule who scored wide out, with Goosen landing the conversion.

Boshoff, who landed six penalty goals during the game got the side back to 9-10 at half-time. But early in the second half le Roux was involved again in set up play before Cornal Hendricks scored on the other wing.

A late charge on Boshoff by flanker Jean Crook saw the kicker pull the Lions back to within two points. Replacement Cheetahs first five Elgar Watts extended the lead to five points. But just short of full-time Boshoff landed his sixth penalty goal and then still had time for his side to get into position for him to land the coup de grace to snatch the win.

In a warm-up game, the Stormers, who had the bye, were beaten by Boland 24-29 in Wellington.