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The Sharks turned out to be their own worst enemy this week against the Hurricanes. The Sharks looked like they were going to win another match away from home in the first half but handling errors let them down in the second half which let the Hurricanes in to win the match.


In the first half the Sharks discipline kept the Hurricanes in the hunt giving away penalty after penalty. Gopperth kicked two of them but the Sharks led at half time 10-6.


The Hurricanes capitalised on Sharks errors in the second half and this gave the game to the home side.


Jason Eaton showed some good hands picking up the ball from a Sharks error and he got the ball to the flyer Lome Fa’atau. Fa’atau managed to keep the ball in touch although Sharks fans will say he was out as he wildly threw the ball back to be caught by Masoe who scored the try.


A short while later Fa’atau got another try and the Sharks looked like they were going to be slaughtered in the last 15. Instead the Sharks held strong and scored a late Bobo try to get them within 7 points for the bonus point.


The Sharks now head home to face the Reds and the Hurricanes who now top the log host the Crusaders in what will surely be the match of the week next week.


Final Score Hurricanes 23 Sharks 17


Scorers


Hurricanes


Tries
Masoe
Fa’atau


Conversions
Gopperth 2


Penalties
Gopperth 3


Drop goals



Sharks


Tries
Ackerman
Bobo


Conversions
Brown 2


Penalties
Brown


Drop goals


Teams


Hurricanes
15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Lome Fa’atau, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 11 Shannon Paku, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Piri Weepu; 8 Rodney So’oialo (c), 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Luke Andrews, 4 Paul Tito, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Joe McDonnell.


Reserves: 16 Luke Mahoney, 17 Tim Fairbrother, 18 Ross Kennedy, 19 Jason Eaton, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 201Brendan Haami, 22 Tamati Ellison.


Sharks
15 JP Pietersen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Adrian Jacobs, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Henno Mentz, 10 Tony Brown, 9 Craig Davidson, 8 AJ Venter, 7 Jacques Botes, 6 Warren Britz, 5 Johan Muller, 4 Johan Ackerman, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (c), 1 Heinke van der Merwe.


Reserves: 16 Bismarck Wilhelm du Plessis, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Daniel Farani, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Gcobani Bobo.

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