Cape Town - The Sharks have claimed their first win of their Currie Cup campaign after defeating Western Province at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.
As it happened: Sharks v Western Province
The home side won 32-27 after leading 15-10 at half-time.
The two sides traded blows throughout the match with seven tries scored in total, but the Sharks were just that little bit better in the end.
Curwin Bosch and SP Marais kicked a penalty each in the early going, as the Cape side struggled to keep the ball in hand. They had knocked the ball on four times within the first 10 minutes.
The visitors answered back straight away, though. They built up a nice series of phases patiently moving the ball into the Sharks half before winning a penalty and setting up a lineout close to the Sharks line.
This time his kick was accurate and the Sharks led 15-10 at the break.
Marais kicked a 70th minute penalty to narrow the gap even further, but it turned out to be a bit of a trojan horse.
But that's how it stayed and the Sharks picked up their first win of their 2019 Currie Cup campaign.
Next week Western Province are up against the Golden Lions at Newlands while the Sharks have a bye.
Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Jacobus Van Wyk, JP Pietersen, Craig Burden
Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3)
Penalties: Bosch (2)
Tries: Jaco Coetzee, Ruhan Nel
Conversions: SP Marais (3)
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Phendulani Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi
Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Craig Barry