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Sharks continue strong start to Super Rugby

February 22, 2014

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — The Sharks continued their strong start in Super Rugby under new coach Jake White with a hard-fought 27-9 win over New Zealand’s Hurricanes in the second round Saturday.

The Sharks had tries from Springboks Willem Alberts and Lwazi Mvovo to take two wins from two in the new season, but didn’t break completely clear of the Hurricanes until wing Mvovo’s intercept try with just over 15 minutes to go.

Flanker Alberts barreled over from close range in the 19th minute after a rumbling Sharks maul and flyhalf Pat Lambie kicked a conversion and penalty for a 10-6 halftime lead for the home team at Kings Park.

But the Hurricanes were hanging in there at 16-9 despite a creaking scrum that was dominated by the Sharks until Mvovo pounced in the 64th and showed his express pace to put the game beyond the New Zealand team. Lambie ended up with five penalties, his last two in the final three minutes, for 17 points overall as the Sharks ultimately wore down the visitors to stay top of the early-season standings.

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett kicked two penalties and fullback Marty Banks one for the Hurricanes.

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Sharks 27 (Willem Alberts, Lwazi Mvovo tries; Pat Lambie conversion, 5 penalties) def. Hurricanes 9 (Beauden Barrett 2 penalties, Marty Banks penalty).

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