PRO 14 Rainbow Cup Highlights: Stormers v Sharks

PRO 14 Rainbow Cup Highlights: Stormers v Sharks

The Rainbow Cup SA kicked off with the Sharks edging the Stormers 33-30 in the opening round. The Stormers got off to a blistering start, as an early penalty was followed by two quick tries as the hosts raced into a 17-0 lead. The Stormers then picked up a red card 13 minutes and a yellow card just a minute later saw them reduced to13 players for a time. The Sharks capitalized immediately on their numerical advantage, with a try getting them on the board as they trailed 17-7. However, despite being down players, the Stormers managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over, slotting two penalties to push their lead out to 23-7. The Stormers then missed two shots at goal, with the Sharks running in a late first half try to see them down 23-12 at the break. The Sharks came out firing in the second half, with an early try getting them right back in the match at 23-19. A Stormers player also picked up his second yellow of the match in the process, resulting in another red card for the home side. This time the Sharks took full advantage, racing in two quick tries to surge in front 33-23. The Sharks picked up a yellow card after 72 minutes and the Stormers went over immediately for a try to make it a three point ball game and set up a tense finish to the match. The Stormers would have a late chance to snatch victory with time up on the clock, but failed to ground the ball as the Sharks held on for a tight win.



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