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  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 15th Mar 2014
  • KO 15:05
  • Ground: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Super Rugby: Sharks beat Reds to stay unbeaten

Last updated: 15th March 2014  

Stefan Lewies of the Cell C Sharks clean take

Stefan Lewies claims clean lineout ball

Cobus Reinach of the Cell C Sharks and Mike Harris of the Reds

Sharks' Cobus Reinach competes for the ball with Mike Harris of the Reds

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Super Rugby leaders Sharks maintained their perfect start to the season with a 35-20 win over the Reds in Durban.

Replacement prop Dale Chadwick's late try finally finished off the Reds after second-half scores from Mike Harris and Will Genia pulled the Queenslanders back into the contest.

Willem Alberts scored the only try of the first half as Jake White's side took a 25-6 half-time lead.

Quade Cooper kicked over all the Reds' first-half points inside the opening 15 minutes, with Frans Steyn and Pat Lambie responding for the hosts to make it 6-6.

They forged ahead on the back of two Lambie's penalties before Alberts crashed over on 27 minutes.

SP Marais' clever cross-field kick into the Reds 22 found Sibusiso Sithole and with the away defence back-tracking Alberts rumbled over to finish the move.

Lambie and Steyn added further conversions, the latter typically from long-range again, to make it 25-6 at half-time.

The Reds were far better after half-time and served notice they could yet end the Sharks three-game winning run to the season.

Feeble tackling

Mike Harris ran through some feeble tackling to score under the posts on 54 minutes and while Lambie landed a penalty shortly after Genia found a gap to run over.

The Australia scrum-half saw the opportunity to burst through a gap on the 22 and allow Cooper the simplest of conversions to make it 28-18 heading into the final quarter.

The Reds' comeback stalled on the sin-binning of Beau Robinson on 68 minutes, for pulling down lock Tera Mtembu down in a lineout.

The Sharks were denied a try to seal the match by the television match official, but it mattered not when Chadwick went over for his first Super Rugby try.

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