The Sharks and Stormers kicked off the 2020 edition of Superhero Sunday, and the men from the Cape held on to win the encounter 21-19.
The two coastal outfits threw everything at one another in a preseason extravaganza and put on a good show for the fans who turned up to the FNB Stadium.
Sharks denied by the TMO early on Superhero Sunday
The Sharks thought they had taken the lead through Sbu Nkosi who stretched over into the corner after a swift short side attack off a scrum 15 minutes into the match.
The Stormers punished the Sharks profligacy when a huge gap opened up in front of Herschel Jantjies after a maul was stopped short of the line.
Makazole Mapimpi hit back for the Sharks gathering a Lukhanyo Am chip kick and sprinting into the corner after a quickly taken penalty from Louis Schreuder.
Stormers hit the front
The Stormers carried a two-point lead into the half-time break after Bosch missed his conversion attempt from out wide.
Slick handling from the Sharks back early in the second half saw Mapimpi grab his second try of the match and put the men from Durban in front for the first time. Bosch was succesful with his kick making the score 12-7 in the Sharks favour.
Jantjies has that scoring knack
It was some shrewd play from the Stormers scrumhalf jantjies that turned the game around once again as he intercepted a pass from Schreuder and sprinted in to score under the sticks. The conversion kick gave the Stormers a two-point lead in the 53rd minute of the match.
The Stormers needed a moment of brilliance from open play to carve open the resolute Sharks defence, with Sergeal Peterson chipping ahead after strong work from Dixon and replacement scrumhalf Godlin Masimla gathered the kick and forced his way over.
Marius Louw sprinted onto a Bosch chip to give the Sharks hope of a late fightback but they weren’t able to get back up the field after Jean-Luc Du Plessis missed a late penalty goal attempt.
Later in the day on Superhero Sunday the Bulls defeated the Lions 40-35 in a pulsating Jukskei Derby.
Watch highlights of the Superhero Sunday clash between the Stormers and Sharks
Highlights courtesy of Supersport.