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.