Sharks edge Cheetahs in controversial Super Rugby Unlocked clash in Durban


The Sharks have beaten the Cheetahs in an error-strewn and controversial Super Rugby Unlocked clash at Kings Park in Durban.

The Sharks won 19-13 after leading 6-0 at half-time.

The Cheetahs suffered a blow prior to kick-off when their Springbok centre Frans Steyn was ruled out with a groin injury.

A late Sharks try by wing Madosh Tambwe gave the home side the win, although there appeared to be a forward pass in the movement which was missed by the referee and his fellow officials.

Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch added the conversion and was also on target with four penalties.

The Cheetahs replied with a try by centre William Small-Smith, while flyhalf Tian Schoeman added the conversion and two penalties.

The Sharks picked up four points for their victory, while the Cheetahs left with a single bonus point for losing by seven or fewer points.

In Saturday’s Super Rugby Unlocked matches, Griquas host the Stormers in Kimberley (16:30), while the Lions welcome the Bulls to Ellis Park (19:00)



Try: Madosh Tambwe

Conversion: Curwin Bosch

Penalties: Bosch (4)


Try: William Small-Smith

Conversion: Tian Schoeman

Penalties: Schoeman (2)



15 Manie Libbok, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi, 7 Henco Venter (captain), 6 Dylan Richardson 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 John Hubert-Meyer, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Ruben van Heerden, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Werner Kok


15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Chris Smit, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Junior Pokomela (captain), 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 JP du Preez, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais

Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Oupa Mohoje, 20 Jeandré Rudolph, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Howard Mnisi Protection Status


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