The Sharks were left reeling after slumping to a 10-point defeat by Griquas in an ill-disciplined Currie Cup clash in Durban on Saturday.
The upset win takes Griquas up to second in the Currie Cup standings, level on points with their victims but ahead on points difference.
For the now third-placed Sharks, this was a second loss of the campaign, coupled with three ‘draws’ and two victories.
Matchflow: The match was marred with ill-discipline, with Griquas conceding five yellow cards and the Sharks one. Be that as it may, Griquas steamrolled their more favoured opponents, who scored a few late tries which added some respectability to the scoreline.
Griquas opened the scoring in the second minute and from there led throughout the encounter. Further tries by Jan Uys and Ederies Arendse gave the visitors a 21-8 lead at the break.
The same trend continued at the start of the second half, with Griquas bamboozling the hosts to extend their lead to 31-8. But when they were handed three yellow cards in the space of three minutes, the Sharks received a reprieve.
Reniel Hugo, Yaw Penxe and Thembelani Bholi all crossed for the Sharks, but a couple of penalties by George Whitehead made the game safe for Griquas.