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Sharks beat Cheetahs 19-8
Sharks beat Cheetahs 19-8 to consolidate lead at top of Super Rugby table
Associated Press
2014-04-19 11:22 PM

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- The Sharks consolidated their lead at the top of the Super Rugby table as they beat the Cheetahs 19-8 in a drab South African derby on Saturday.

Just six points were scored in the first half of a game that was short on quality, and Francois Steyn's three penalties proved decisive after both sides registered a try apiece in the second period.

Although Rayno Benjamin's try for the Cheetahs in the 65th minute suggested that the game was headed toward a tight conclusion, Jean Deysel crossed for the Sharks five minutes later to put the encounter to bed.

The victory gave the Sharks a six-point lead over the Brumbies at the top of the standings, while the Cheetahs remained in the bottom two.

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