Sharks remain unbeaten as Lambie boots Kings
March 10, 2013
The Sharks' Patrick Lambie kicks a penalty goal against Southern Kings
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The Sharks have maintained their perfect record to the 2013 Super Rugby season with a 21-12 win over Southern Kings.
In an all-South African clash in Port Elizabeth, the Sharks - who were runners-up last year - made it three wins from three thanks to a superb performance from fly-half Pat Lambie.
Lambie kicked six penalties and one drop goal in the nine-point win as the Southern Kings, a new entry in the competition this season in place of the Lions, lost for the first time in their history.
The Sharks made the perfect start with three Lambie penalties giving them a 9-0 advantage after 24 minutes.
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Southern Kings fly-half Demetri Catrakilis responded with a penalty of his own but the winners maintained their nine-point buffer thanks to a Lambie drop goal on the stroke of half-time.
Lambie kicked truly again 13 minutes into the second half and although the Kings reduced the margin to nine on two occasions, and then six, thanks to the boot of Catrakilis, that was as close as they got.
Springbok Lambie added the polish to the victory with a 79th-minute penalty, as his brilliance ensured the Sharks would win despite failing to score a try for the second week on the trot.
The Sharks lead the South African Conference, while they are also second in the overall standings after their latest win.
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