Sloppy Sharks stumble past Sunwolves
Cape Town - The Sharks put in a stuttering performance to beat the Sunwolves in their Super Rugby clash in Durban.
As it happened: Sharks v Sunwolves
The Sharks won 40-29 after leading 21-19 at half-time.
The Sharks scored six tries through prop Coenie Oosthuizen, wing Lwazi Mvovo, centres JP Pietersen and Andre Esterhuizen, flyhalf Garth April and replacement back Curwin Bosch. April was also on target with five conversions.
The Sunwolves replied with tries by scrumhalf Kaito Shigeno, centre Mifiposeti Paea (2) and hooker Takeshi Kizu. Flyhalf Yu Tamura added three conversions and a penalty.
The Sharks picked up a four points for their victory to ensure their spot in the playoffs.
The Sunwolves left empty-handed.
The Sharks will be on the road in next weekend's quarter-finals where they will face either the Lions or the winner of the New Zealand Conference.
The Durban-based franchise will only learn the identity of their opponents after the Lions clash against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday (23:40 SA time).
15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Heimar Williams
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura (captain), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki
Substitutes: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama