Blues denied in injury time
A brace to Blues wing Frank Halai wasn't enough for the Auckland franchise as they were downed 20-22 by the Sharks in injury time on Sunday (NZT).
Halai struck back for the Blues ahead of half-time and his side continued to fight back in the second half.
Having trailed 5-17 at the break, the Blues scored 15 unanswered points to take a 20-17 lead as Baden Kerr's penalty broke a 17-17 deadlock.
In the end, however, they were denied by Sharks fullback Riaan Viljoen, whose try ensured the Blues continued their search for a first win in Durban since 2004.
Try-scorer Rene Ranger went from hero to villain as Viljoen stepped inside the Blues substitute to score the match winner to the dismay of coach Sir John Kirwan.
It was a stunning result for the Sharks, whose season has been wrecked by a number of injuries to key players.
It was an especially important victory for the players after coach John Plumtree decided to end his time with on Wednesday after 10 years with the franchise.
The win sees the Sharks move equal with the Stormers on 42 points after the latter team defeated the Cheetahs 28-3.
The 25-point defeat to put a dent in the Bloemfontein-based franchise's finals hopes as the Stormers ran riot in Cape Town.
The Blues and the Cheetahs do battle in Round 19 in what looks to be the do-or-die match for two sides looking to make the top six with one round to play.
Sharks 22 (Marcell Coetzee, Charl McLeod, Riaan Viljoen tries; Patrick Lambie 2 cons, pen) Blues 20 (Frank Halai 2, Rene Ranger tries; Chris Noakes con, Baden Kerr pen) HT: 17-5.