Cape Town – The Sharks blew a golden chance to beat the Hurricanes when they conceded a 85th-minute converted try to go down in their Super Rugby clash in Napier on Friday.
Hurricanes won the thrilling encounter 38-37, after the Sharks led 27-19.
Hurricanes, who were forced into an 11th-hour change when star flyhalf Beauden Barratt was forced to withdraw, appeared lackluster and directionless for large parts of the match under the leadership of Barrett’s replacement at pivot, Ihaia West.
Either way they bounced back by scoring four tries through fullback Jodie Barrett and centres Ngani Laumape (2) and Vince Aso. West landed three conversions – including the match-winner and four penalties.
This victory by the Hurricanes extended their lead at the top of the New Zealand conference and have moved up in the Overall table.
The Sharks have now lost to the Brumbies (24-17), the Rebels (46-14) but defeated the Blues (63-40) in their previous tour matches, picking up just a single point for losing by seven points or fewer and moved to second in the South African Conference and sixth in the Overall standings.
The Sharks next feature is against the Bulls in Durban on Saturday 14 April 14th 17;15pm.
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