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Sharks storm back into Super Rugby contention

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Sharks 25 Stormers 20

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel scores a try.

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel scores a try. Photo: Reuters

The Sharks played themselves back into contention for Super Rugby honours when they beat the Stormers 25-20 at in Durban on Saturday.

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Their fourth successive win lifted the Sharks into third place on the South African conference log, five points behind the Stormers and three behind the the Bulls.

Stormers went into the weekend as overall log leaders after winning 10 of their first 11 matches, but were knocked out of their stride by a combative Sharks team, who dominated the scrums and were stronger at the breakdown.

Sharks were also able to put pressure on the Stormers' lineout, normally one of the Cape side's strengths.

"It was tough, but we came up with a game plan," said Sharks captain and eighthman Keegan Daniel.

But the Durban side had to withstand a strong second-half challenge as the Stormers fought back from a 19-point deficit with two converted tries by full-back Gio Aplon.

Stormers led 6-3 early in the game after two penalty goals by fly-half Peter Grant against one by Sharks full-back Patrick Lambie.

The match changed dramatically in the 18th minute when the Sharks were awarded a penalty in front of the Stormers' posts.

With the Stormers seemingly expecting the home side to take an easy three points with a kick at goal, Sharks scrum-half Charl McLeod took a quick tap and sent out a long pass to French fly-half Frederic Michalak, who twisted over for a try Lambie converted.

A penalty by Lambie was followed by a second Sharks try three minutes from half-time when a powerful scrum set up Daniel to dive over. A conversion by Lambie gave the Sharks a 20-6 lead at the break.

Left wing Lwazi Mvovo squeezed over in the left corner for a third try as the Sharks continued their domination, but a breakaway try by Aplon, who ran 60 metres after picking up a wild pass by Michalak, gave the Stormers hope with 27 minutes left.

Stormers pressed strongly as rain fell in the last 20 minutes with Aplon scoring a second try from a scrum move eight minutes from time.

"We made a lot of mistakes, but the better team won tonight," said Stormers captain and inside centre Jean de Villiers.

Stormers were forced to start with reserve hooker Deon Fourie at flank after Siya Kolisi was ruled out shortly before the match, continuing a string of injuries to their loose forwards.

SHARKS 25 (Keegan Daniel, Frederic Michalak, Lwazi Mvovo tries Patrick Lambie 2 cons 2 pens) bt STORMERS 20 (Gio Aplon 2 tries Peter Grant 2 cons 2 pens) at ABSA Stadium. Referee: Jaco Peyper.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
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WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
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NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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Overall standings
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France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
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Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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