Sharks sneak past Southern Kings, Cooper sees red as Reds thrashed

Sharks, Lions and Jaguares have all won three out of four matches in Super Rugby this term after claiming respective victories on Saturday.

Southern Kings came agonisingly close to recording a first Super Rugby win over Sharks on Saturday, before going down 19-17 in Durban.

Last season's two meetings between the sides proved one-sided, Sharks triumphing 53-0 and 43-8, but the underdogs put up a much better fight this time around.

Converted tries from Ruaan Lerm and Makazole Mapimpi saw Southern Kings lead at the break, but Sharks - who crossed in each half through Lourens Adriaanse and Jacobus Van Wyk - snatched victory courtesy of a 71st-minute penalty from Curwin Bosch.

Courtnall Skosan scored four tries as Lions bounced back from their defeat to Jaguares by trouncing Queensland Reds 44-14 in Johannesburg.

The Reds were not helped by the dismissal of Quade Cooper, who was sent off for a high tackle on Rohan Janse van Rensburg early in the second half.

Saturday's other game saw Ramiro Moyano's hat-trick help Jaguares to a 41-14 victory over Cheetahs.

Jaguares and Lions each have 14 points and sit top of the Africa 2 Conference, with Sharks a point behind having also won three games out of four this term.

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