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Cheetahs beat Sharks 27-20 in Super Rugby
Cheetahs beat Sharks 27-20, possibly making playoffs route harder for Sharks
Associated Press
2014-07-06 03:42 AM

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) -- The Cheetahs put a dent in the Sharks' Super Rugby title chances as they held off a late resurgence from the visitors to triumph 27-20 on Saturday.

Although the Cheetahs led by 14 points going into the 75th minute, a try by substitute Bismarck du Plessis sparked a Sharks side that had been lackluster in the second half, and set up an exciting finale.

The visitors were then awarded two penalties just meters from the Cheetahs tryline in the final moments but were unable to make them count, ensuring they came away with nothing more than a losing bonus point.

That left the Sharks in third position going into the final round of the regular season, meaning they could have to win three knockout games in the playoffs to lift the trophy.

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