The Sharks held their nerve and defended brilliantly to resist a Lions onslaught to win the derby clash 27-17.
The Sharks missed an early chance to take the lead as Curwin Bosch missed a very straightforward penalty but made up for it minutes later as he perfectly read an Elton Jantjies inside ball to break away and score a great intercept try which he converted.
A Sharks set piece then had Daniel du Preez over in the 23rd minute as the home side asserted their dominance to take a 14 point lead.
The Lions finally got on the scoreboard as Lionel Mapoe crossed the line after a good pop from Janjties who then converted the try to get back within reach at half time.
The Lions started the second half in the perfect fashion as they ran the ball from inside their own half up to the Sharks 5m line before running the hands which allowed Cyle Brink to dive over and Janjites levelled the scores.
The Sharks regained the lead as Bosh kicked a penalty in the 53rd minute and on the hour mark, Makazole Mapimpi intercepted the ball during a promising build up to run the full length of the field and score which Bosh converted.
The Lions continued to press the Sharks and almost had a try which was initially awarded before being overturned by a TMO decision with a penalty then allowing the side from Johannesburg to pull themselves closer.
With six minutes to pay, the Lions had it all to do but a penalty in the 76th minute allowed Bosh a chance to restore the 10 point lead which saw a final scoreline of 27-17 in favour of the Durban side who moved up to second on the South African conference, behind the Jaguares.