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Shaun Goosen
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12 Mar 2022
06:11

Scrappy win for Sharks against Scarlets

Shaun Goosen

The Sharks secured a scrappy 37-20 bonus-point win over Scarlets in their United Rugby Championship clash at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on Friday night.

The Sharks secured a scrappy 37-20 bonus-point win over Scarlets in their United Rugby Championship clash at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on Friday night.

The victory, their third in a row, means the Durbanites now lie sixth on the URC log ahead of six more home fixtures to come. The visitors, who were without as many as 19 players due to injuries and Six Nations call-ups, remain 12th.

The Sharks were inaccurate in a number of areas, with the absence of Lukhanyo Am in defence particularly hard felt. They struggled to hold onto the ball for prolonged periods, with unforced errors blighting their momentum time and again.

Their scrum functioned fantastically once more though, and earned them several penalties at crucial moments.

It was a stop-start affair in the first-half, with Sam Costelow and Curwin Bosch trading two penalties apiece to see the sides head into the shed locked at 6-all.

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Replacement Aaron Shingler scored the opening try early in the second-half for the Welsh outfit before a neat Jaden Hendrikse grubber was collected and finished off by Aphelele Fassi, who was all class on the night.

Bosch charged down a Scarlets exit in-goal and dotted down to extend the lead, while a further penalty try and Marius Louw score after the hooter sealed the deal for the Durbanites.

Steff Evans had scored a good try late on but it was too little too late for the men from Llanelli, who finished with 14-men after Steff Thomas was yellow-carded.

SCORERS

SHARKS — Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Curwin Bosch, Penalty try, Marius Louw; Conversions: Bosch (2), Tito Bonilla; Penalties: Bosch (3)

SCARLETS — Tries: Aaron Shingler, Steff Evans; Conversions: Sam Costelow, Dan Jones; Penalties: Costelow (2); Yellow card: Steff Thomas