The Sharks beat the Cheetahs by 34-32 in Durban, with a bonus point, this evening, despite trailing on the scoreboard for most of the game.
After an evenly-matched first quarter, the Cheetahs started to take control through the boots of Sias Ebersohn and Nico Scheepers. A pair of soft first half tries, to scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and winger Raymnond Rhule straight afterwards, saw the visitors suddenly comfortably ahead at 21-6 as the teams went into the shed.
The Sharks would have been disappointed with that, given how they had dominated all the important statistics in the half.
They eventually got on the board early in the second half, via a Riaan Viljoen try, but their joy was to be short-lived as the Cheetahs scored their third, through Scheepers, shortly afterwards. The Sharks were not to be denied, though, as Odwa Ndungane (two) and Meyer Bosman went on to score tries and seal the result for the Sharks.
Sharks (34): Tries Viljoen, Ndungane (2), Bosman. Conversions Bosman (4). Penalties Bosman (2).
Cheetahs (32): Tries Pretorius, Rhule, Scheepers. Conversion Scheepers. Penalties Scheepers (3). Drop goals Sias Ebersohn (2).