Sharks extend winning streak
THE Sharks extended their winning streak over the Blues to eight straight matches with a 23-29 bonus point victory in Auckland.
The Blues' sixth loss in seven games adds to the pressure on coach Pat Lam, who broke down in tears this week recounting how racist "fans" had blamed the team's worst ever start to a Super rugby season on his Samoan heritage.
The result maintained the Sharks record as a bogey team for the Blues, who have not defeated the South Africans since 2005 and remain rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand conference after the loss.
It was a deserved win for the Sharks, who scored four tries to two and maintained their attacking edge after the Blues briefly took the lead early in the second half.
After beig well beaten last week 42-18 by the Hurricanes the Sharks sorted out their defence as the Blues threw everything into attack late in the game.
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