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Connacht pile the ache on winless Sharks



The embattled Sharks suffered a fifth successive defeat of the Vodacom URC season on Saturday night after happening to Connacht in Durban.

Trailing 10-5 at half time, the Sharks took the lead for the primary time with half-hour left to play however Man of the Match JJ Hanrahan kicked eight factors to assist the guests clinch a 13-12 win at Kings Park.

It was the primary match again house for the Durbanites after a disappointing European tour, as John Plumtree’s males prolonged their winless run towards the Irish provinces to 9 and stay rooted to the foot of the URC desk.

The hosts received themselves into good positions on assault within the first 40 minutes, however lacked the composure to complete off their probabilities regardless of the return of double World Cup-winning Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am, whereas missed penalties every from Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch and alternative Boeta Chamberlain in both half price them dearly.

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Connacht struck first with a seventh-minute attempt from highly effective No 8 Sean O’Brien. Flyhalf Hanrahan added the extras and the guests weathered loads of strain from the Sharks till free ahead Sikhumbuzo Notshe barged over inside the ultimate 10 minutes of the primary half.

A Hanrahan penalty simply earlier than the break undid among the Sharks’ good work, however their resilience paid off after the restart when bustling proper winger Werner Kok dotted down below the posts towards a 14-man Connacht following lock Oisín Dowling’s yellow card.

Bosch added the extras, but Hanrahan cut up the uprights from the kicking tee to regain the scoreboard benefit for the Irish inside the ultimate quarter, after which dug in for victory.

The Sharks should now regroup for a go to from Welsh outfit Dragons subsequent Saturday.

Photograph: Steve Haag Sports activities/INPHO/Shutterstock



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