Published: Saturday September 29, 2012 MYT 10:13:00 AM
Rugby: Sharks hold off Bulls with 14 men
JOHANNESBURG: - Sharks went top of the Currie Cup table Friday with a 13-12 home win over Blue Bulls in wet Durban despite playing the final 10 minutes a man short.
Hooker Pieter Dixon was given a harsh red card by referee Mark Lawrence when his stray foot accidentally struck an opponent in the face with his side holding a four-point advantage.
But all the Bulls could manage with a numerical advantage was a penalty from fly-half Louis Fouche as the 23-time South African champions slumped to a fifth loss in eight outings that kept them second last in the table.
Fouche kicked two penalties and a drop goal in the opening half on a pitch made treacherous by torrential rain while wing Paul Jordaan darted down the blindside for a try to leave the Sharks trailing 9-5 at the break.
Discarded Springbok loose forward Keegan Daniel scored a second Sharks try five minutes into the second half after a break by scrum-half Cobus Reinach and centre Meyer Bosman stretched the lead with a penalty.
Sharks have 25 points, defending champions Golden Lions 24, Western Province 20, Griquas 15, Bulls 14 and Free State Cheetahs 12 with the top four advancing to the semi-finals while the bottom team go into a two-leg relegation play-off. - AFP