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Hurricanes beat Sharks in tight tussle

  • Hurricanes beat Sharks in tight tussle

The Hurricanes have become the first team in Super Rugby to reach 10 wins with a 32-24 win over the Sharks in Wellington tonight.

It was a tight affair throughout with both sides showing excellent defence.

Hurricanes wing Cory Jane grabbed the first try of the match before Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis tied the scores at 7-7 when he barged over.

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Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith extended the lead with a brilliant solo effort before halftime and Frans Steyn kept the Sharks in touch with a penalty goal.

The home side led 14-10 at the break.

Sharks wing Sibusiso Sithole surprised the home side with a try from a turnover soon after halftime before Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes got the lead back again with a try from close range.

The Sharks were denied a try for obstruction from a lineout drive at the 60 minute mark which would have given them the lead.

It did not make too much of a difference though as wing Odwa Ndungane finshed a nice move to put the Sharks out to a 24-21 lead with 13 minutes left to play.

Lock Jeremy Thrush scored the match winner and secured a bonus point with six minutes left to play.

First five-eighth James Marshall added two late penalties for the home side.

Lock James Broadhurst and wing Matt Proctor had a standout match for the Hurricanes while centre JP Pietersen and prop Jannie du Plessis were both excellent for the Sharks.

A concern for the Hurricanes is a failed concussion test by star fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Hurricanes 32 (Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Reggie Goodes, Jeremy Thrush tries; James Marshall 3 con, 2 pen) beat Sharks 24 (Bismarck du Plessis, Sibusiso Sithole, Odwa Ndungane tries; Frans Steyn pen, 3 con). Halftime: 14-10.

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