Springboks scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar kicked a penalty after the fulltime siren to lift South Africa’s Sharks to a 29-26 win over the Wellington Hurricanes in a Super 14 rugby match on Saturday.
Pienaar finished with 19 points from five penalties and two conversions – seven goals from eight attempts – to lift the Sharks to their second straight win and consign the Hurricanes to their fourth straight loss.
Fullback Patrick Lambie in the first half and winger J.P. Pietersen in the second scored tries for the Sharks who led throughout the match but never managed to distance the tenacious Hurricanes.
Wellington leveled the match 26-26 with a converted try to Victor Vito four minutes from fulltime but Pienaar’s final penalty from near halfway clinched a Sharks’ win. – Sapa-AP