Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs were much-improved, but in the end it wasn't enough as they fell to a 33-29 loss to the Sharks in a Currie Cup clash in Bloemfontein.
The hosts, inspired by a superb performance from flyhalf Louis Fouche, took a 15-12 lead into half-time but could not hold in.
The Sharks scored five tries to four from the Cheetahs as coach Robert du Preez's men secured their second win in as many matches.
The Cheetahs, meanwhile, have lost three in a row.
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FS Cheetahs 29 (15)
Tries: Louis Fouche (2), Lloyd Greeff, Penalty Try
Conversions: Fouche (2)
Drop goal: Fouche
Sharks 33 (12)
Tries: Lwazi Mvovo, Chiliboy Ralepelle (2), Wihan Vosloo, Dan du Preez
Conversions: Robert du Preez (4)
15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Ali Mgijima, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Tersius Kruger, 11 Lloyd Greeff, 10 Louis Fouce, 9 Rudy Paige (captain), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Gerhard Olivier, 6 Stephan Malan, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Louis Conradie, 3 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Kevin Stevens
Substitutes: 16 Jannes Snyman, 17 Johan Kotze, 18 Luigi van Jaarsveld, 19 Abongile Nonkontwana, 20 Dian Badenhorst, 21 Vuyani Maqina, 22 Reinhart Erwee
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (captain), 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitues: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Khutha Mchunu, 18 Andrew Evans, 19 Luke Stringer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Johan Deysel, 22 Aphelele Fassi