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Wayward Sharks go to top of Currie Cup log on a frustrating day in dusty Welkom

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The Sharks moved to the the summit of the Currie Cup log with a bonus point 35-9 victory over the Griffons in Welkom on Friday afternoon, but will be acutely aware that the relatively emphatic scoreline was deceiving.Armed with several URC enforcements in the form of Springboks Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Ntuthuko Mchunu and Sikhumbuzo Notshe as well as a settled core of domestic tournament stalwarts, the Durbanites largely failed to capitalise on their superior firepower with a spluttering performance despite dominating the second half.In fact, they were under pressure several times in the first 40 as an enthusiastic and well-organised home side exploited the Sharks' initially conservative approach of playing a percentage game, generally exiting well and then patiently working themselves into good field positions as their opponents suddenly found themselves defending far more than they would've anticipated.Scrumhalf Jaywinn Juries' unerring boot - he remains this season's leading points scorer to date - gave the Griffons a deserved 6-0 buffer yet, despite the initiative of their underrated captain Duan Pretorius, didn't quite have the attacking nous to outfox a resolute defence.Ironically, the one occasion late in the first half when the hosts did opt to set up an attacking line-out, they lost possession and ultimately conceded an embarrassingly clumsy try, when wing Domenic Smit - good as tactical kicker up to that point - had his desperate hoof in his red zone charged down by Sharks lock Ockie Barnard before midfielder Carel-Jan Coetzee, a former Blitzbok, threw a no-look backward pass to no-one.Durbanite pivot Lionel Cronje was on hand to dot down.Juries' third penalty though gave the hosts a 9-7 lead at half-time,

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