Sharks maintain impressive season with 23-33 win over Reds

Sharks registered their fourth win in the ongoing season
Sharks registered their fourth win in the ongoing season

Reds 23-33 Sharks, Suncorp Stadium

Sharks maintained their impressive start to the Super Rugby campaign as they defeated Queensland Reds 23-33 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

This is Sharks' fourth win from five games as they occupy the second place in South African Conference while Reds are at third place in the Australian group.

The opening five minutes saw Jock Campbell and Curwin Bosch trade penalties and the trend continued for the remainder of the first quarter as Kerron van Vuuren and Henry Speight exchanged tries as the teams had the scores levelled at 8-8.

Campbell with his second penalty kick in the 29th minute ensured Reds finished the opening half with a three-point lead.

The visitors were the quickest to get off the block in the second half as Dylan Richardson dived from close range and Bosch improved it to make it 11-15 but Reds went on to seize the lead with a try from Tate McDermott in the 51st minute.

However, the momentum once again shifted towards the visitors with Bosch kicking back to back penalties making the scoreline 16-21 by the end of the third quarter.

As the final 10 minutes was about to kick-off, Lukhanyo Am dotted down and with five minutes left in the game Madosh Tambwe also followed the suit to take Sharks' tally to 33 points. With the added minutes extending, Lwazi Mvovo was yellow-carded and Ed Craig went over the line for the Australian side to give them some points but they eventually succumbed to a 10-point defeat.