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Sharks 36 Reds 28

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Despite scoring four tries to end their dearth of five-pointers in the 2006 Tooheys New Super 14 competition, the QR Queensland Reds went down 36-28 to the Sharks at Kings Park, Durban on Saturday night.


It was a mixed night for winger Peter Hynes who scored two tries and made some solid bursts but he also forced his team to play a man down after he was sin-binned for a professional foul.


The Reds looked to have found some of their attacking flair and were promising when they threw the ball wide but were starved of possession as the Sharks dominated in the lineouts and scrums.


The Sharks missed a penalty goal in the opening minute but were first to score as their forwards showed their strength and size allowing Deon Carstens to score from a rolling maul off a lineout in the sixth minute.


Tony Brown had a rare miss at the conversion.


The Reds hit back immediately when halfback Sam Cordingley, playing his 50th match for Queensland, charged down a kick and hooker Stephen Moore scored.


Huxley’s conversion put the Reds ahead but the Sharks again took the lead when Heno Mentz out-did the Reds defence and scored out wide.


Brown didn’t miss this time but Hynes’ first try through an overlap out wide and Huxley’s conversion gave the Reds a 14-12 lead and some confidence.


In a massive blow just a quarter of the way through the match, Cordingley was forced from the field with a foot injury and he will undergo scans overnight.


A penalty to the Sharks with three minutes to the break gave the Sharks the halftime lead although the Reds had the chance take first half honours but Huxley missed the penalty shot.


Hynes’ sin-binning for a professional foul nine minutes into the second half was immediately capitalised on by the Sharks when AJ Venter went over in the very next play.


Brown’s conversion gave the Sharks a seven-point lead but the Reds closed the gap to one point five minutes later when Berrick Barnes crossed and Huxley converted.


The Sharks took the ascendancy with the play the Reds had expected all week ‘ the inside flick from Venter to Warren Britz which led to a converted try.


With an eight point deficit, the Reds then had to withstand three consecutive Sharks lineouts and a scrum all from around five metres out from their own line.


It proved too much as the Sharks sealed the match with a blindside try to halfback Ruan Pienaar.


The Reds salvaged some pride and grabbed a bonus point when Hynes crossed for his second and the team’s fourth try, and Huxley converted, leaving the final score at 36-28.


The win is the first for the Sharks over the Reds since 1998 and only the second in Super Rugby history.


Hooker Stephen Moore will undergo a scan on a bruised sternum and Sean Hardman has a medial ligament strain but medical staff will wait until Sunday to make an assessment on the extent of his injury.


Sharks 36 (Carstens, Ments, Venter, Brits, Pienaar tries; Brown pen; Brown 4 conv) d QR Queensland Reds 28 (Hynes 2, Moore, Barnes tries; Huxley 4 conv).


Sharks:


15. Percy Montgomery,14. Odwa Ndungane ,13. Adrian Jacobs ,12. Bradley Barritt ,11. Henno Mentz ,10. Tony Brown ,9. Ruan Pienaar ,8. AJ Venter ,7. Jacques Botes ,6. Warren Britz ,5. Johann Muller , 4. Johan Ackermann , 3. BJ Botha ,2. John Smit (captain),1. Deon Carstens.Reserves: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Heinke van der Merwe ,18. Albert van den Berg ,19. Keegan Daniel ,20. Craig Davidson,21. Waylon Murray ,22. JP Pietersen


Reds: 15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Caleb Brown, 13 Ben Tune, 12 Julian Huxley, 11 Peter Hynes, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Sam Cordingley, 8 John Roe, 7 David Croft, 6 Tom McVerry, 5 James Horwill, 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Rodney Blake/Anthony Mathison, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Greg Holmes. Reserves: 16 Sean Hardman, 17 Anthony Mathison/Aniva Niumata, 18 Ben Mowen, 19 Mark Connors, 20 Josh Valentine, 21 Lloyd Johansson, 22 Henari Veritau.


Referee: Steve Walsh (NZ).

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