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Kings run Sharks close in Durban

The Southern Kings gave the Sharks a mighty old scare on Saturday when they ran them close by only loosing 19-17 that gave the Sharks the win.

The Sharks put the first points on the ball through a penalty and took an early lead of 3-0 after 6 min.

As last week against the Stormers the Kings did not stand back for the Sharks and were good on defense and took opportunities to get into the Sharks half.

The game did not go anywhere much as both teams where either forcing a pass or forcing a kick to get the edge but too many mistakes being made in the process.

Both teams struggle to get any rhythm going as well and did not keep the ball for long periods of time.

Charged down kick turned into a try for the Kings and gave them the lead 7-3 after 20 min. This was a bit against the run of play.

The Kings scrums have also been solid for them as they got a few penalties from it as well which was a bit of a surprise.

The Kings were penalised a few times in the rucks slowing it down and got yellow card for their trouble after 25 minutes.

That gave the Sharks the extra man and they used it to drive Adriaanse over for the Sharks first try and the lead of 8-7 after 27 min.

The Sharks made a crucial mistake which the Kings took full advantage to score their second try by Makazole Mapimpi.

That gave the Kings the lead again of 14-8 after 33 minutes and that was the halftime score as well.

The second half started with not much quality from both teams but the Sharks did get a penalty over to take the lead to the Kings only 14-11.

The Sharks finally started to play and got a brilliant try putting the ball through the hands. The Kings still leaded 17-16 after 65 min.

The Kings also got Cloete send off with a yellow card after a no arms tackle in the leadup to the try.

The Sharks had enough good ball all night but handling errors stop any momentum they had on attack.

The Sharks got themselves in the lead when Bosch slotted over a 50-meter penalty. With 9 min to go they led the Kings 19-17.

The Sharks were able to hold on to that lead and took the game.

Scorers

Sharks

Tries: Lourens Adriaanse, Kobus van Wyk

Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3)

Kings

Tries: Ruan Lerm, Makazole Mapimpi

Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2)

Penalty: Cronje

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