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Lambie seals bonus point for Sharks

Pat Lambie's last-gasp try sealed a bonus-point victory for the Sharks over former champions the Bulls on the opening weekend of the new Super Rugby season on Saturday.

Lambie crossed after the final hooter had gone to complete a personal match haul of 16 points and wrap up a 31-16 triumph for the Sharks over their South African rivals at Kings Park Stadium in Durban.

The Springboks fly-half was one of four tryscorers for the hosts, with Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and Odwa Ndungane having gone over in the first half as the Bulls built a 23-9 interval lead.

Lambie only managed to convert one of those tries but added three penalties to his tally as 2012 runners-up the Sharks got their new campaign off to an ideal start.

The Bulls, who lifted the title in 2007, 2009 and 2010, only managed the one try through Jono Ross's late score, which came after the Sharks had been reduced to 14 men by Jean Deysel's sin-binning.

The rest of the Bulls' points came from Louis Fouche, with two penalties and a drop-goal, but there was some good news in defeat for the Pretoria outfit with the second-half return of South African World Cup-winner Victor Matfield on his comeback after retiring two years ago.


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