Bumbling Sharks leave it late to beat Dragons

MATCH REPORT: The Sharks recorded their second straight victory on their United Rugby Championship tour with a 20-19 win over the Dragons in a scrappy affair in Newport on Saturday.

The visitors, who started their tour with a 42-37 win over Zebre last weekend, were 6-19 down with 20 minutes left in the game.

After a converted intercept try from Grant Williams narrowed the margin to six points, the Sharks finally found themselves in front with just five minutes left on the clock after Thaakir Abrahams' found his way to the tryline before Henry Chamberlain was successful with a tricky conversion.

The Sharks will now head to Dublin to face Leinster.

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The scorers:

For Dragons:Try: Dee Con: Reed Pens: Reed 4

For Sharks:Tries: Williams, Abrahams Cons: Chamberlain 2 Pens: Chamberlain 2


Dragons: 15 Angus O’Brien, 14 Rio Dyer, 13 Sio Tomkinson, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Ashton Hewitt, 10 Will Reed, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Taine Basham, 6 George Nott, 5 Will Rowlands (captain), 4 Ben Carter, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 2 Elliot Dee, 1 Aki Seiuli. Replacements: 16 Bradley Roberts, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Chris Coleman, 19 Joe Davies, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Max Clark, 23 Jordan Williams.

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi, 7 Dylan Richardson, 6 James Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3Thomas du Toit (captain), 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu. Replacements: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marnus Potgieter, 23 Anthony Volmink.

Referee: Ben Blain (Scotland) Assistant referees: Gwyn Morris (Wales) & Elwyn Morris Roberts (Wales) TMO: Sam Grove-White (Scotland)