Super Rugby: Table-topping Sharks beaten by Stormers

The Stormers celebrate their unexpected 21-19 victory over the Sharks in Durban. Photo / Getty Images.
The Stormers celebrate their unexpected 21-19 victory over the Sharks in Durban. Photo / Getty Images.

A dropped goal at the death from Stormers fullback Jaco Taute stunned the table-topping Sharks as he sealed an unexpected 21-19 victory in Super Rugby on Saturday.

Aside from a brief period in the first half, the Stormers trailed throughout the game until Taute's strike after the final hooter silenced the home crowd and left the Sharks with just a two-point lead over the second-placed Waratahs going into the June international break.

Sharks halfback Cobus Reinach scored the only try of a match in which kicking for territory featured much more prominently than creative running, as neither side showed a great deal of ambition.

That ultimately came back to haunt the Sharks, as the Stormers crept back from 19-12 down to steal the points.

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