The Reds came from behind to beat the Sharks on Friday 28-26 and secure a four try bonus point as well.
The Sharks started well against the Reds scoring a try within the first three minutes through Du Preez to take an early lead.
The Reds hit back immediately with a penalty and kept the Sharks in their half with some great interplay with the Sharks having to defend.
The Reds were dominating play for most of the first 20 minutes with the Sharks having to defend for all they were worth to keep the Reds from scoring their first try.
When the Sharks did manage to get into Reds half they got another penalty which Lambie knocked over to take the scores to 10-7.
Against the run of play the Sharks got another penalty which Lambie knocked over to take their lead to 13-6.
The Sharks had another a great opportunity but poor handling at the back prevented them from getting over for a second try.
The Sharks kept on making silly handling errors which give the Reds most of the possession and territory and they took it and scored their first try to make the scores level after 33 min.
Not one of the best rugby we have seen the Sharks play but they did lead the Reds 16-13 at halftime with Lambie knocking over another penalty just before halftime.
The second half the Sharks started much better playing in the right areas and putting the ball behind the Reds. They were able to force another penalty which took their lead to 19-13.
A string of penalties followed which gave the Reds the opportunity to move back into the Sharks half and force a penalty.
They went for a scrum which they spread the ball wide from and scored in the corner. The conversion was not there which gave the Sharks a small lead of 19-18 after 51 min.
The Sharks did handle the ball more in the second half and manage to take their lead to 26-18 after a great try from a forward drive with Tera the man that put the ball over the line.
The Reds never stopped trying in the game and hit back with a penalty and a brilliant try of their own and took the lead for the first time in the match with 28-26.
A late yellow card gave the Sharks some hope but their mistakes on attack with ball in hand let them down again and the Reds took the win.
Tries: Higginbotham, Kerevi 2, Tuttle
Pens: Cooper 2
Yellow Cards: Douglas, Hunt
Tries: Du Preez, Mtembu
Cons: Lambie 2
Pens: Lambie 4
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