The Lions were well-deserved winners of a scrappy Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Lions won 27-12 after leading 14-6 at half-time.
Lions duo, wing Courtnall Skosan and fullback Tiaan Schoeman, scored the only tries of the match to give the home side’s title chances a real shot in the arm.
The Lions picked up four points for their victory to jump to second in the standings.
The Sharks left empty-handed and dropped to third in the log.
In next weekend’s final round of matches for the year, the Lions face a tough trip to Loftus Versfeld to face the Bulls on Saturday, December 26 at 19:00.
The Sharks, meanwhile, will be on the road again, this time against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Sunday, December 27.
Kick-off is at 16:30.
Tries: Courtnall Skosan, Tiaan Schoeman
Conversion: Elton Jantjies
Penalties: Jantjies (3), Tiaan Swanepoel (2)
Penalties: Curwin Bosch (4)
15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 André Warner, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka/Wilhelm van der Sluys, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole/Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Morné van den Berg, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Jamba Ulengo, 24 Carlu Sadie, 25 Manuel Rass
15 Manie Libbok, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Kerron van Vurren, 1 Ox Nche
Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John Hubert-Meyer, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 James Venter, 21 Phepsi Buthelezi, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Jeremy Ward