Sharks edged by Reds in Super Rugby nail-biter

The Reds started their Super Rugby campaign on a winning note when they claimed a hard-fought 28-26 win over the Sharks in Brisbane on Friday.

As the scoreline suggests, this was a tense affair and although Kane Douglas and Karmichael Hunt were both yellow-carded and Quade Cooper missed several shots at goal the Reds did enough to hold on for the win.

In a tough and physical encounter, both sides stayed true to their attacking instincts by giving the ball plenty of air but were guilty of committing too many errors.

The Reds eventually got the rub of the green and outscored the visitors by four tries to two, although the Sharks will be kicking themselves as they dominated for large periods but failed to secure the result especially in the second half when Douglas and Hunt were sent to the sin bin.

The Sharks made a terrific start and were rewarded as early as the second minute when Jean-Luc du Preez went over for the opening try.

This, after Cooper knocked on close to the halfway line. The ball was snapped up by Lukhanyo Am who offloaded to Kobus van Wyk who, in turn, threw an inside pass to the on-rushing Du Preez who had an easy run-in under the posts.

Despite that setback it did not take long for the Reds to open their account when Cooper landed a penalty in the fifth minute but the Sharks restored their seven-point lead 10 minutes later when Lambie slotted a penalty of his own.

The Reds dominated the territory ans possession stakes for the next 10 minutes but all they had to show for their efforts was a 23rd minute penalty from Cooper after the Sharks were pinged for offside play in defence.