The Sharks dug deep at Kings Park on Friday night time to outlive a pink card and hand the Pumas their first Currie Cup lack of the season.
Tiaan Fourie (one attempt) and Fred Zeilinga (one conversion and three penalties) powered the Sharks right into a 16-0 half-time lead in opposition to the defending champions. Zeilinga’s second-half penalty accounted for all of the Sharks remaining factors on the night time as they have been compelled to tread water after shedding two gamers – one completely – with half-hour to go, and needed to cling on to say a 19-12 victory.
The hosts have been fast out the gate, controlling territory and possession as they raced to a 13-point lead within the first quarter due to a sniping attempt from Fourie.
Defence was the story of the day as each side struggled to indicate any attacking effectivity, and Zeilinga added one other penalty getting ready to half time because the Sharks jogged off with a 16-0 lead.
Shortly after the restart the hosts have been decreased to 13 males, prop Dian Bleuler was despatched to the bin for collapsing a Griquas attacking maul which led to a penalty attempt, and he was adopted off by flanker Corne Rahl, red-carded for a headbutt.
Regardless of being two males down, the Sharks rallied in defence and managed to run down the clock, Zeilinga kicking yet another essential penalty for a 19-7 lead within the fourth quarter.
The guests got here proper again into the sport when hooker Llewellwyn Classen dotted from a maul drive however ran out of time as they succumbed to their first defeat of their title defence.
— SA Rugby journal (@SARugbymag) April 6, 2023
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