Sharks overcome Chiefs in a tight 28-24 win


Sharks 28-24 Chiefs, Kings Park Stadium

Sharks managed to return back to winning ways after they edged out Chiefs in their Super Rugby face-off at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday.

The win has taken Sharks to third position in South African Conference while Chiefs are also at third in New Zealand Conference.

Robert du Preez kicked a fifth-minute penalty to begin the proceedings and five minutes later he contributed with a converted try as Sharks claimed a 10 point lead.

An infringement from Jean-Luc du Preez allowed Chiefs to make a comeback in the game after Marty McKenzie put the ball into the corner and eventually Tyler Ardron crossed over in the 18th minute. McKenzie's conversion brought down the gap to 10-7.

The teams went into the break level with a 10-10 scoreline following McKenzie's penalty goal in the 37th minute.

The Sharks began the second half with a better intent as Sbu Nkosi advanced only to be stopped two metres out but Lwazi Mvovo carry forwarded the momentum to score their second try.

The visitors were quick to respond as Andre Esterhuizen erred pass was capitalised by Charlie Ngatai as he dotted down and McKenzie's conversion took Chief's to lead for the first time in the game.

Du Preez restored Sharks lead with a 50th minute penalty goal and seven minutes later, Cameron Wright crashed past the post. A conversion and a penalty from du Preez meant Sharks had a comfortable 11 point lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.

A last minute try from Solomona Alaimalo helped Chiefs claim a vital losing bonus point as Sharks completed a 28-24 win.