The Sharks outmuscled the Jaguares to scoop a 19-15 win in a lukewarm Super Rugby encounter on Saturday in Durban. The home side punished their visitors from the onset as in the third minute Joe Pietersen slotted from the tee. The first try of the match however fell for the Argentines in the sixth minute.
However the lead was short-lived as the Durbanites scored a try of their own in the 10th minute through Marcell Coetzee. It proved to be a high-paced and equall- contested clash by the 15th minute as the two sides were deadlocked at 10-10. The home side showed more composure with the ball in hand, however in the 32nd minute they launched a promising attack but their opponents capitalised on a turnover to score a try through fullback Santiago Cordero who showed a clean pair of heels to outsprint veteran Odwa Ndungane and so Gary Gold’s men went to the break trailing 15-13.
The two outfits came into the second stanza more defensively strong as they refused to give anything away inside the first 10minutes. Soon after the 50-minute mark, the Sharks regained their lead through a Joe Pietersen penalty. In the 68th minute, Gold’s men regrouped and slotted another three pointer.
The Sharks managed to push back their opponents and maintain their lead by the sound of the hooter but it was not pretty. At the end, the Sharks secured their second victory of the campaign while their counterparts suffered defeat for the first time.
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