Sharks maintain top place in South African Conference with 33-19 win over Jaguares

Andre Esterhuizen was one of the try-scorer for Sharks
Andre Esterhuizen was one of the try-scorer for Sharks
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Sharks 33-19 Jaguares, Jonsson Kings Park

Sharks moved to the top of the South African Conference as they defeated Jaguares with a 14-point margin at Jonsson Kings Park.

Lock Hyron Andrews gave a head start to Sharks with a fourth minute try as he went past Jaguares defence and five minutes later Sikhumbuzo Notshe followed the suit in the ninth minute to take them to a 12-point lead.

Santiago Carreras led Jaguares response with a 18th minute try but Andre Esterhuizen's touchdown in the 27th minute with a penalty kick and a conversion on either side from Curwin Bosch meant the home side had a 17-point lead that was cut down to 10 points before the break with Joaquin Tuculet dotting down for the visitors.

Bosch with back to back penalties after the restart extended Sharks' lead before Kerron van Vuuren went over the line for the hosts in the 52nd minute to make the scoreline 33-12.

The chances of Jaguares coming back was put off as scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou was sent off just after the hour mark for tackling his opposite number without the ball.

Even though the Argentina side did not concede a point, the gap still remained 21 points as the final 10 minutes kicked-off. They were given a lifeline as Sharks lost Aphelele Fassi to yellow-card with seven minutes left in the game as Sebastian Cancelliere with his try reduced their losing margin.

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