O'Connor has night to forget as Reds go down to Sharks

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Lwazi Mvovo of the Sharks attempts to break away from the defence during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on May 22, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Lwazi Mvovo of the Sharks attempts to break away from the defence during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on May 22, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) Bradley Kanaris

IT WAS a night Queensland Reds fullback James O'Connor would rather forget as his team lost 21-14 to the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium.

He let in a horror try to halfback Stefan Ungerer in the 69th minute, badly miscuing his clearing kick which went just 10m.

Just four minutes later he gave away a penalty while his team was pressing the Sharks' line, for running into teammate and five-eighth Jake McIntyre.

It was Ungerer who put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute with a run and dummy from a scrum 20m out.

The Reds responded seven minutes later with an 80m try to Chris Kuridrani that went through multiple hands.

But the Sharks had a 16-7 lead at halftime thanks to the Reds' ill-discipline, giving away eight penalties to four.

As a result, Francois Steyn kicked three penalty goals.

Big Reds outside centre Samu Kerevi crashed over from close range to see his team trail 16-14 after 51 minutes.

But O'Connor's big late clanger helped end the Sharks' six-game losing streak.

SHARKS 21 (S Ungerer 2 tries; F Steyn 3 pens, con) REDS 14 (C Kuridrani, S Kerevi tries tries; J O'Connor 2 pens). At Suncorp Stadium last night.



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