Sharks beat Crusaders

Jake White (C) celebrates with Bismarck du Plessis (R) after the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Sharks at AMI Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

The Sharks won their first game against the Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand with a 30-25 victory in Christchurch on Saturday.

The South African side played more than 60 minutes of the game with 14 men after flanker Jean Deysel was sent off in the 16th minute for stamping on the face of loose forward Jordan Taufua, while Willem Alberts was sinbinned in the 64th for a professional foul, SuperSport reported.

Centre Sibusiso Sithole and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach also scored tries, while Frans Styen adding two conversions and two penalties before replacement Tim Swiel added a penalty and converted Cooper’s try.


Crusaders – Tries: Colin Slade. Conversions: Slade. Penalties: Slade (5).

Sharks – Tries: Sibusiso Sithole, Cobus Reinach, Kyle Cooper. Conversions: Frans Steyn (2), Tim Swiel. Penalties: Steyn (2), Swiel.

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