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Edinburgh want another South African scalp after win over Sharks

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Werner Kok, Ben Muncaster (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
Werner Kok, Ben Muncaster (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

Edinburgh forward Ben Muncaster targeted a South Africa double after his side created United Rugby Championship history with victory over the Sharks in Durban.

Mike Blair's men became the first northern hemisphere team to win a URC game in South Africa thanks to a 21-5 victory in torrential rain – accompanied by more than 80 per cent humidity and a temperature of 23 degrees.

Blair Kinghorn crossed twice and full-back Emiliano Boffelli claimed a try and three conversions as Edinburgh underlined their play-off credentials.

Edinburgh face the Lions next weekend and Muncaster is determined to follow up their incredible display against South Africa’s form team.

The back-row forward said on a club video: "I'm extremely proud of the boys, that was a complete squad effort, everyone was so up for that game.

"The management was really good, they were a tough team but we stuck in there and put in a full 80-minute performance, which was vital. The Sharks are known for being extremely good in the last 20. There were a couple of games where they were down after 60 minutes against northern hemisphere sides and in last 20 they just go away with it.

"I'm really, really proud of the boys. That was a full, full squad effort, from the starting 15 to the bench to the boys who weren't playing, everyone was just fully into that.

"We are really, really happy with this result but we are going straight to the next game. This is a two-game tour, this isn't finished. The Lions are an extremely good side and it's extremely hard playing in high altitude in Johannesburg."

Meanwhile, Sharks captain Siya Kolisi lamented missed opportunities.

"We did all the hard work but didn't take our opportunities and you have to take them in this competition," said the World Cup winner.

"If you don't convert those opportunities, you're going to battle. Edinburgh controlled the pace of the game and although we wanted to up the pace, we couldn't."


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