Sharks Make History

The Cell C Sharks beat the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday for the first time in Super Rugby history.  The first scrum of the match resulted in a penalty to the Saders.  After that, Frans Steyn burst through the home defence and passed to Sbura Sithole who scored.

Steyn added the conversion and the visitors were leading 7-0 after nine minutes.  However the hosts would draw level with a converted try of their own through Colin Slade, who added the conversion.  Jean Deysel was then sent off for stamping on Jordan Taufua.  Two penalties later and the Crusaders were 13-7 up.  In the last 10 minutes of the first half there was 81% possession for the Crusaders but the Sharks hung in there and went into the break 13-10 down.

Whatever coach Jake White said during the interval worked.  The Sharks were back in the lead in the 43th minute when Jacobus Reinach went over.  After a bunch of penalties were traded the Saders led 22-20 going into the final 15 minutes and the smart money said the hosts would make their numerical advantage count.

However that was not the case.  With five minutes to go the home side were leading 25-23 and then Kyle Cooper dotted down for a try that was converted by Tim Swiel to seal a famous 30-25 victory in Christchurch.