The U21 team faced an unbeaten WP team as a curtain raiser to the Currie Cup fixture on Saturday and showed what they are capable of by defeating them 41 – 14.
Guy Cronje’s left boot was in potent form from early on in the match as he opened the scoring with a penalty early on. WP was on the back foot from the start as the Sharks attacked wave after wave. Cronje added another on the 20 minute mark to take valuable points in the tight first quarter. WP finally got some points on the board through flyhalf van Aswegen, who slotted a penalty for the stripes. Cronje added a third soon after to restore the 6 point gap.
WP’s defence was finally penetrated minutes before half time with a great score from the impressive Mark Richards. WP got a penalty right on half time to make the scoreboard read 16 – 9 at the break.
Two quickfire tries in the second half by Kyle Cooper and Mark Richards stunned a Province outfit that I suspect were still enjoying the half time break. The scoreboard suddenly read 28 – 9 and the Sharks were looking a great bet.
Kyle Cooper managed another try after a fantastic run by the youngster, as did Mtembu, and the best defensive team in the U21 competition so far had just leaked five tries and their unbeaten run was looking to be coming to an abrupt halt. WP managed a late try to get them into double figures, but a scoreboard of 41 – 14 was always going to look like a beating.Tweet