4 Apr 2010

Sharks rally in second half to clinch narrow win over Reds

8:38 am on 4 April 2010

The Sharks overcame a 12-point deficit early in the second half by running in three tries to record a 30-28 win over the Queensland Reds in their Super 14 rugby clash in Durban.

The home side fought back through clever use of the rolling maul after first five Quade Cooper had extended the Reds' 14-9 halftime lead when he scythed through the home side's defence from just outside the Sharks' 22-metre line.

Sharks winger Odwa Ndungane responded with a try and the home side took the lead in the 56th minute when flanker Jacques Botes was shoved over the line and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar succeeded with the conversion.

With 14 minutes left in the contest the hosts stretched their lead to nine points when wing JP Pietersen was on hand to score under the posts.

But the visitors struck back almost immediately as Cooper was responsible for another scoring pass when the pivot found replacement prop Greg Homes unmarked with the front rower scoring in the left-hand corner for the Reds' fourth try.