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Sharks bite back after defeat

Super Rugby table-toppers the Sharks bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a comprehensive 32-10 victory over the fifth-placed Waratahs in Durban.

The Waratahs had won four of their last five meetings with the Sharks, but the South African side were comfortable winners at Kings Park on Saturday as they recovered from their 23-19 loss to the Bulls last time out.

Stand-in fly-half Fred Zeilinga contributed 19 points for the Sharks, slotting over five penalties and converting the second-half tries from Ryan Kankowski and Keegan Daniel. Frans Steyn added the remainder with a long-range penalty.

For the Waratahs, number 10 Bernard Foley scored all of his side's points, firing over a first-half penalty and then converting his own consolation try late on when the game was already lost.

Sharks, the 2012 runners-up, were looking for their fifth win from six games this season, and despite falling behind to Foley's early three-pointer, they led 12-3 at the break thanks to three Zeilinga penalties and Steyn's effort from inside his own half.

The Waratahs' hopes of getting back into the match then suffered a blow at the start of the second period when they had captain Dave Dennis yellow-carded, and the Sharks immediately took advantage to score the opening try of the game through Kankowski, who went over after a driving maul.

Zeilinga's boot further swelled the home side's lead with a conversion and penalty before replacement Daniel crossed for the Sharks' second try.

The successful conversion made it 29-3, and although the Waratahs finally had something to cheer when Foley scored their only try with three minutes to go, there was still time for the Sharks to add another three points thanks to 21-year-old Zeilinga.


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