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Watch - Werner Kok carded for wild WWE style 'suplex'

By Ian Cameron
Werner Kok Credit: BT Sport

Sharks winger Werner Kok was yellow-carded for a bizarre WWE-style ‘suplex’ against Bordeaux Begles in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup.

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The Sharks continued their winning start to life in European rugby’s Champions Cup with a 19-16 victory over the French side, with Kok scoring a crucial try.

The South African franchise were marginal underdogs heading into the clash, despite debuting with a strong win against Harlequins, but once again showed they mean business as they successfully overturned a halftime deficit.

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The French side were 13-9 ahead at the interval, with Renato Giammarioli going over for a try after just seven minutes.

Jules Gimbert converted and added a couple of penalties as the hosts cashed in on some errors, but nine points off the boot of Curwin Bosch, including a drop goal, kept things tight.

The game broke open at the start of the second period, Kok smartly gathering Boeta Chamberlain’s offload to touch down from close-range and give his side a lead they never surrendered.

Bosch put over the extras and slotted two of his next three penalties, with Zack Holmes replying for Bordeaux.

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There was a lengthy delay after Madosh Tambwe suffered an unintentional collision with Kok late on, but when play resumed the Sharks were able to settle in and protect their advantage.

Kok’s yellow card for the bizarre ruck suplex on Jean-Baptiste Dubié caught the eye, with many believing he was lucky to get away with the yellow.

Dubié – who Kok went over to check on as he lay on the ground – seemed to recover after a few minutes.

Kok is known for his speed, agility and – despite not being the larger winger – his physicality.

The 29-year-old began his professional career with the Western Province in South Africa. In 2020, he joined the Sharks where he has become a key player for the team.

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Kok has represented South Africa at the Under-20 level and had also been a regular member of the Sevens team.

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