Sharks Win At Last

The Sharks brought their six-game Super Rugby losing streak to an end as they recorded a 21-14 victory over the Reds at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday.  Francois Steyn got the match’s opening points from the kicking tee after Liam Gill was charged for an offside play on defence.  The visitors pulled further ahead with a try from Stefan Ungerer after the scrumhalf broke on the blindside of a Sharks scrum and sprinted over the line in the right hand corner.

Steyn slotted the extras as the visitors led 10-0 after 17 minutes.  The Queenslanders managed to cut the deficit with a try of their own through Chris Kuridrani who finished off a well-worked team try, which was the Australian’s first in Super Rugby.  James O’Connor stepped up and slotted over the conversion.
Steyn extended the Durban franchise’s lead by six points through two well-taken penalties as Gary Gold’s men led 16-7 at the interval.  The hosts began applying sustained pressure on the away side’s defensive line and their efforts were rewarded when Sami Kerevi bulldozed his way over the line for a try in the 50th minute.  O’Connor kicked the sundries as the visitors’ lead was cut to two points.

The Reds’ momentum began to fade and the visitors extended their lead after O’Connor’s awful attempt at a clearance kick fell into the arms of Ungerer, who strolled over the tryline for his second try of the match.  Richard Graham’s men tried hard to hit back but failed to breach the visitors’ defence as Gold’s men held on for the win.