Strong second half performance leads Hurricanes to 38-22 win over Sharks

Dane Coles scored a try for Hurricanes
Dane Coles scored a try for Hurricanes

Hurricanes 38-22 Sharks, Sky Stadium

Hurricanes built on their win over Jaguares as they defeated Sharks 38-22 in the third round of Super Rugby at Sky Stadium on Saturday.

The win has taken Hurricanes to the third position in New Zealand Conference with eight points while Sharks are at second place in South African group.

Jordie Barrett started the proceedings with a seventh minute penalty goal before Sharks thought they scored the opening try in the game when Juan Schoeman went over the line but was ruled out due to a forward pass on the build up. Nevertheless, the visitors claimed the lead in the 13th minute when Madosh Tambwe dotted down following an intercept from Lukhanyo Am.

The hosts looked dominant as Wes Goosen strolled over the line at the back of a dominant scrum but his effort was negated when Tyler Paul scored a try of his own for the visitors as the scoreline became 10-14. With Ngani Laumape scoring Hurricanes' second try and Sanele Nohamba slotting a penalty goal the teams finished the first half levelled with a 17-17 scoreline.

Hurricanes were the quickest to get off the block in the second half with Ben Lam scoring back to back tries in the 44th and 51st minutes while Dane Coles crossed the whitewash in the 65th minute as Hurricanes took their tally to 38 points before Mzamo Majola scored a consolation try for Sharks in the 68th minute to reduce their losing margin.

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