Cape Town – The Hurricanes have beaten the Sharks in Super Rugby encounter that saw the South African franchise ravaged by injury both before and during the match.
The Hurricanes ran out 38-22 winners, outscoring their opponents by fives tries to three.
The Sharks were severely disrupted before the match began with tighthead prop, Thomas du Toit having to pull out of the run on XV.
That brought a host of changes before the match even began with Ox Nche dropping to the bench and John-Hubert Myer and Juan Schoeman starting at prop.
The Sharks then lost winger Makazole Mpimpi and flyhalf Boeta Chamberlain early in the match which caused even further changes.
They aquitted themselves well to the task, however, particularly in the first half as the teams entered the shed at 17-all at half-time.
The Hurricanes scored two tries during the first half through Wes Goosen and Ngani Laumape with Jordie Barrett kicking two conversions and a penalty.
The Sharks’ points came through two tries from Madosh Tambwe and Tyler Paul with Boeta Chamerblain and Sanele Nohambe kicking a conversion a piece.
Nohambe also added a penalty.
The second half saw the Hurricanes quickly extend their lead to 31-17 thanks to a brace of tries from Ben Lam, both of which were converted by Barrett.
The Hurricanes went even further ahead in the 65th minute through a converted try by hooker, Dan Cole to put the lead out to 38-17.
The Sharks hit back with their first try of the second half a few minutes later thanks to replacement Mzamo Majola but a failed conversion only cut the Hurricanes lead to 38-22.
And that’s the way it stayed to full-time with the Sharks suffering their first defeat of the season.
Next week the South African franchise continue their Australasia tour by visiting the Rebels while the Hurricanes have a bye.
Tries: Wes Goosen, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam (2), Dan Coles
Conversions: Jordie Barrett (5)
Penalties: Jordie Barrett
Tries: Madosh Tambwe, Tyler Paul
Conversions: Boeta Chamberlain, Sanele Nohamba
Penalties: Sanele Nohamba
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong
Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Billy Proctor
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Ox Nche, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Dylan Richardson, 21 Phepsi Buthelezi, 22 Sanele Nohamba, 23 Jeremy Ward