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Sharks book historic EPCR semi-final spot

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The Hollywoodbets Sharks are the first South African team to advance to the semi-final of the EPCR Challenge Cup, in a weekend of disappointment for the Vodacom Bulls in the Investec Champions Cup competition. 

The Sharks put on a strong second-half display to overturn a 16-14 halftime deficit against Edinburgh in Durban to register a 36-30 victory in their EPCR Challenge Cup quarter-final.

They will face the winner of Sunday’s match between Benetton and Connacht in the semi-final on the first weekend of May.

The Vodacom Bulls, meanwhile, delivered a competitive first-half display against the Northampton Saint, but the hosts pulled away in a one-sided second half, which saw the men from Pretoria succumb to a 59-22 defeat, ending their European campaign.

The visitors came out firing, making a strong statement early on with good intent on attack and charge downs on defence, and they delivered a strong first-half display despite being written off after travelling to the UK without several star players.