The Sharks bagged two essential bonus factors within the race for a Currie Cup semi-finals berth regardless of dropping to the Lions at Kings Park on Saturday night.
The Joburgers fought again from a 22-14 half-time deficit, thanks in no small half to 2 penalty tries, to safe their second victory of the season in Durban.
A bonus-point attempt for the Sharks, in addition to a degree for dropping inside seven factors, left the Durbanites in fifth on the log however sizzling on the heels of the fourth-placed Pumas forward of the final spherical fixtures of the common season.
The Sharks raced right into a 10-0 lead after flyhalf Tito Bonilla opened the scoring from the kicking tee, earlier than lock Thembelani Bholi dotted down for the primary attempt of the match. Bonilla added the extras.
However, two tries from younger Lions No 13 Henco van Wyk, with Tiaan Swanepoel making no mistake changing each touchdowns, noticed the guests seize management of proceedings.
Sharks No 8 Mpilo Gumede survived a potential yellow card for a controversial sort out on scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba, who was later despatched to the naughty chair for a harmful no-arms hit across the ankles on the unfastened ahead.
The hosts capitalised on their one-man benefit as hooker Jason Alexander accomplished a brace on debut earlier than the half-time hooter. Bonilla added one other conversion to his first-half tally because the Sharks went into the break eight factors forward on the scoreboard.
The Lions pulled again to inside a degree quickly after the restart, referee Cwengile Jadezweni penalising the Sharks for a number of scrum infringements.
Bholi was then yellow-carded for collapsing the maul and the guests leveraged their supremacy at scrum time to earn one other penalty attempt to regain the lead.
No 4 Ruben Schoeman crashed over for the Lions’ fifth attempt of the match, with Swanepoel including the extras, because the Joburgers powered right into a 13-point lead.
However, proper winger Marnus Potgieter shrugged off a number of tackles to safe an important bonus-point attempt for the Sharks, and Bonilla transformed, with slightly below 20 minutes left on the clock.
Swanepoel nailed his second penalty of the second stanza earlier than Bonilla struck the very important three factors for the house facet simply earlier than the ultimate whistle to finish a 38-32 end result.