In a brutal, physical, contest, the Hurricanes nearly let a 20-3 lead slip, as the Sharks came back to within three points early in the second half.
The win was slightly soured however by a red card to Vaea Fifita for a high, no-arms tackle, and tempers flared in the final minutes as well, as a brawl nearly broke out to conclude the match.
In the end, the Hurricanes’ early buffer – started by tries to Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape, and continued by a superb performance from Savea – proved enough to hold on, giving the Hurricanes their first win in Durban since 2005.
The Crusaders sit nine points ahead after their shock loss to the Chiefs, but the Hurricanes have a game in hand, meaning they would have to beat the Lions and Blues in their final two games – with at least one bonus point – and hope the Crusaders lose to the Rebels at home.
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