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Super rugby report: Sharks top South African conference after Kings victory
The Sharks moved top of the South African conference after recording a hard-fought 21-12 Super Rugby victory over the Kings on Saturday.
John Plumtree's side failed to score a try for the second match in succession, but still got the job done courtesy of the boot of Springboks fly-half Pat Lambie, who landed six penalties and a drop-goal.
His opposite number, Demetri Catrakilis, kicked all of the Kings' points with four penalties as they proved their win on debut over the Western Force was no fluke.
The Sharks had one try disallowed and were held up over the line on three other occasions as they could not quite penetrate a hugely-committed Kings defence.
In the twelfth minute, with the Sharks leading 3-0 after a Lambie penalty, Louis Ludik rounded off a back-line move in the left-hand corner but, after consulting the television match official, referee Jason Jaftha disallowed the try due to a forward pass from Paul Jordaan to Ludik.
It was one-way traffic for the rest of the half as the Sharks launched several attacks, but all they could show for their efforts were two further penalties and a drop-goal, just before half-time, from Lambie.
Despite leading leading 12-3, at the interval, the Sharks would have expected a greater reward for the amount of time they spent on the attack in the Kings' half.
The Kings repeated their defensive heroics in the second period and also denied Lwazi Mvovo a try when he was held up over the line.
However, they had too few opportunities on attack to seriously threaten the Sharks and it was only the accurate boot of Catrakilis which kept them within striking distance of the Durban-based franchise.
After spending much of the first half on the back foot, the home side improved in the second half as Catrakilis booted three penalties, although the Sharks rarely seemed in danger of surrendering their lead.
Catrakilis narrowed the margin to 18-12, giving the Kings an outside chance of a major upset, but the Sharks were equally effective on defence and the hosts could find no way through, with Lambie sealing the win with another penalty in the 80th minute to deny the Kings a bonus-point.
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|Friday 6th March|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Highlanders|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
|06:35||Blues vs Lions|
|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|17:10||Stormers vs Sharks|
|Friday 13th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Blues|
|11:00||Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 14th March|
|03:30||Crusaders vs Lions|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Waratahs|
|08:40||Reds vs Brumbies|
|13:00||Stormers vs Chiefs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Sharks|
|Friday 20th March|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Hurricanes|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Lions|
|Saturday 21st March|
|06:35||Crusaders vs Cheetahs|
|15:05||Bulls vs Western Force|
|17:10||Sharks vs Chiefs|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|05:05||Waratahs vs Brumbies|
|Friday 27th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels|
|09:00||Reds vs Lions|
|Saturday 28th March|
|05:30||Chiefs vs Cheetahs|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Stormers|
|08:40||Waratahs vs Blues|
|15:05||Sharks vs Western Force|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Lions 19 - 22 Stormers|
|Bulls 43 - 35 Sharks|
|Melbourne Rebels 15 - 20 Brumbies|
|Chiefs 40 - 16 Crusaders|
|Friday 27th February|
|Cheetahs 25 - 24 Blues|
|Western Force 13 - 42 Hurricanes|
|Highlanders 20 - 13 Reds|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Sharks 29 - 12 Lions|
|Stormers 27 - 16 Blues|
|Reds 18 - 6 Western Force|
|Highlanders 20 - 26 Crusaders|
|Friday 20th February|
|Bulls 13 - 17 Hurricanes|
|Melbourne Rebels 28 - 38 Waratahs|
|Chiefs 19 - 17 Brumbies|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Waratahs 13 - 25 Western Force|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Bulls 17 - 29 Stormers|
|Sharks 29 - 35 Cheetahs|
|Blues 18 - 23 Chiefs|
|Friday 13th February|
|Lions 8 - 22 Hurricanes|
|Brumbies 47 - 3 Reds|
|Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels|
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