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Bonus point for Sharks

23rd April 2011 15:46

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Ryan Kankowski

Late try: Ryan Kankowski

A commanding second half performance saw the Sharks clinch a 40-24 win over the Hurricanes in Durban on Saturday.

Held at 13-13 at half-time, the Sharks cut loose in the second period with Lwazi Mvovo scoring two of the home side's four tries after the break.

It was a ding-dong battle until the 60-minute mark when Mvovo scored his second try to give the Sharks the lead for the first time at 28-24.

From there it was one-way traffic as the 'Canes crumbled, allowing the Sharks to romp home and climb to fifth in the Super Rugby standings.

The visitors were first to cross the whitewash - despite being a man down after James Broadhurst's early yellow card for over-zealous rucking - when centre Ma'a Nonu bust clear to create a try for full-back Cory Jane.

Back at fly-half, Pat Lambie had a shaky start, missing three of his first four kicks, but skipper John Smit, in his first start at hooker, got his team back in the game when he crashed over in a textbook disply of support running to leave the scores at 13-10 to the 'Canes.

Lambie found his kicking shoes on the half-hour mark to level the scores and so it remained until the break.

The Hurricanes started the second period with a bang. After Sharks scrum-half Charl McLeod was charged down, Nonu broke clear again before finding Faifili Levave, who muscled his way over.

Sharks replied when Mvovo capped a quality build up from the home pack by turning on the gas out wide.

'Canes fly-half Daniel Kirckpatrick landed two penalties to but the visitors back in front but the final quarter would belong to the home side.

The Sharks landed two decisive blows courtesy with tries by Bosman and Mvovo - the latter a breakaway by the Sharks winger from inside his own half.

Any chance of a comeback was then made more difficult after Nonu received a yellow card for illegally knocking the ball out of the hands of Tendai Mtawarira.

Lambie made it five out of ten with the conversion, before Kankowski went over for a converted try to seal the win.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries: Smit, Mvovo 2, Bosman, Kankowski
Cons: Lambie 3
Pens: Lambie 3

For the Hurricanes:
Tries: Jane, Levave
Con: Kirkpatrick
Pens: Kirkpatrick 4

Yellow cards: Broadhurst (Hurricanes - 5th min); Nonu (Hurricanes - 70th min)

Sharks:15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Eugene van Staden, 2 John Smit (C), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden 17 Jannie du Plessis 18 Gerhard Mostert 19 Keegan Daniel 20 Conrad Hoffmann 21 Adrian Jacobs 22 Odwa Ndungane

Hurricanes:15 Cory Jane, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Jayden Hayward, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jack Lam, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Michael Bent, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Andre Taylor.

Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

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