Vodacom Cup: Sharks back on track after win

2012-04-23 00:00

LUBABALO Mtembu scored two early tries to help the Sharks XV get their Vodacom Cup campaign back on track with a 28-18 win over the EP Kings at King’s Park on Saturday.

Although the home team raced to a handy lead early on, they never managed to get away from the plucky Kings, who never gave up as they lost their second match of the

season.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer would have been happy to see the Sharks’ experienced Test prop Tendai Mtawarira come through the first 55 minutes of the game — his first action this year after picking up a fractured ankle in pre-season.

Western Province clinched pole position in the South Section, but the North Section is still wide open with one round of league action to go.

The Capetonians beat the SWD Eagles by 29-14. Griquas moved back to the top of the log after they edged the Leopards by 42-40. Three of the top four in the North — Griquas (20 points), Ford Pumas (18) or the Blue Bulls (16) — can still play themselves into the top two.

Boland came from behind to beat the Border Bulldogs by 45-40 in Wellington.

RESULTS

Free State XV 20 Pampas XV 40

Boland 45 Border 40

Falcons 33 Griffons 38

SWD Eagles 14 Western Province 29

Leopards 40 Griquas 42

Sharks XV 28 EP Kings 18

MTN Golden Lions 33 Pumas 37

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