11 Jun 2009

Lions thump Sharks

11:35 am on 11 June 2009

The British and Irish Lions have continued their unbeaten start to their rugby tour of South Africa with a five-try, 39-3 win over the Sharks in Durban.

The Lions capitalised on their territorial domination in the second half.

The touring side enjoyed 79 percent of possession in the first half but the hosts held them at bay with a tremendous defensive effort and trailed just 7-3 at the interval.

The Lions scored five tries and the victory was their fourth straight on tour.

They have now won 10 of 11 matches against Natal dating back to 1910.

The performance was an improvement from the one that saw off the Cheetahs last weekend, but head coach Ian McGeechan still has plenty of work to do before the first Test against South Africa in 10 days' time.

The Lions play Western Province in Cape Town this weekend with the first Test 10 days away.