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Super Rugby: Sharks beat Reds to stay unbeaten
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.
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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|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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