When 14-men were enough

When 14-men were enough

We take a look back at side's that have claimed a win after going down to 14 men same.

The Sharks in 2014

The Sharks claimed a remarkable and historic win over the Crusaders in 2014. The side for Durban claimed a 30-25 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch. 

The Sharks were down to 14 men in the 15th minute when flanker Jean Deysel was shown a straight red card for stumping.

In the 63rd minute they sank to 13-men for 10 minutes when Willem Alberts was sent to the sin-bin

What made the win even more special for the Sharks was the fact that it was the first time the Sharks had beaten the Crusaders at home in the history of Super Rugby, and it was the first time any South African side had won in Christchurch since 2001.

Ireland over South Africa in 2016

Ireland produced a historic first-ever win in South Africa as they beat the Springboks 26-20 at Newlands despite playing an hour of the game with only 14 men.

Ireland had their flanker CJ Stander sent off after 20 minutes for a horror challenge that left Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie spread-eagled on the field, but despite the disadvantage, they won the first of the three-test series with a gutsy showing.

They were assisted by an error-ridden performance from the home side, playing their first game under new coach Allister Coetzee. The start was a horror start for Coetzee who tenure as Springbok coach ended in 2017.

Ireland scored tries through Jared Payne and Conor Murray while Lwazi Mvovo and Pieter-Steph du Toit went over for the Boks.

Scarlets against Leinster in 2017

Leinster became the first team to lose a home Pro12 semi-final when they failed to break down Scarlets at the RDS despite having an extra man for the entire second half, with the Welsh side running out deserved 27-15 winners. 

The Welsh visitors stunned the crowd in Dublin by outscoring their hosts three tries to one in the first half to build a 21-10 interval lead.

Leinster were reeling but looked to have been given a lifeline when Evans was shown a red card just before half-time for a tip-tackle on Ringrose.

14-man England beat Argentina in 2016

Winger Elliot Daly was sent-off after five minutes for tackling a player in the air in an incident-packed game that saw the Pumas reduced to 14 late on.

Despite Daly's red card, for taking out Leonardo Senatore, England opened up a 16-0 lead, but tries from Facundo Isa and Santiago Cordero cut the gap to two points.

A Jonny May score pulled England clear with Argentina's Enrique Pieretto also sent off for a stamp on Joe Marler.


Eddie Jones brilliantly summed up the game saying: "There was enough drama in the game to fill 10 episodes of EastEnders", said England boss after the 27-14 win.

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