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Big test for junior teams


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 11 Oct 2010 at 10:41
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In a pretty bizarre twist of fate, all three Sharks team will face semi-final encounters against the Blue Bulls this weekend. Unlike their senior counterparts, though, the Sharks under 19 and under 21 sides could not manage a top of the log finish and as both teams finished third on their respective logs, a daunting trip to Loftus Versveld is in store for them.

There is little doubt as to who the “big three” teams in South African rugby are this year. The Sharks, Blue Bulls and Western Province have all managed to send their respective teams through to the semi-finals off all three competitions, while the Cheetahs were surprisingly poor at under 19 level this year. The Leopards, finishing fourth in the under 19 competition, will take on Province at Newlands, with the Cheetahs sending their under 21 side off to the same venue. Province topped the log in both junior competitions,with the Blue Bulls second. Interestingly, the supposedly resurgent Lions failed to make the semi-finals of any of the three competitions, highlighting the scale of the work that still needs to be done at that union.

Things could have turned out very differently for Swys de Bruyn’s Sharks under 21 side. Going into last weekend’s game against WP, they could have sealed top spot on the log themselves and faced a home semi against the Leopards. Alas, it was not to be and they were soundly beaten. More alarmingly, they picked up a few nasty injuries, the most serious of which was the broken leg sustained by impressive fullback Wynand Pienaar. Captain Ross Cronje (scrumhalf) and inside centre Dwayne Jenner are also doubtful for the trip to Pretoria, while hooker Kyle Cooper (ankle injury) and lock Jandre Marais (possible suspension) might also miss out, turning an unlikely mission into a virtually impossible one. Despite a good season that has seen them lose very few games, the young Sharks have been properly beaten twice by their Bulls counterparts – the last time they went to Pretoria they conceded 50 points – and it would take a very brave man to predict a Sharks victory in that game.

The under 19s, though, expertly lead by Sean Everitt, have overcome some patchy early-season form to return a 100% win rate from the second leg of the competition. On days when both the senior and under 21 sides lost, it was the under 19s alone who emerged victorious, both in Pretoria a month ago, as well as in Cape Town this past weekend. With star SA Schools centre Piet Lindeque in fine form and former Michaelhouse flyhalf Orefile “Reef” Nakin directing the backline superbly, this side knows how to win big games away from home. Paul Anthony’s Blue Bulls side will lack no motivation and will be superbly prepared, as always, which should make this one an intriguing encounter.

So, while there are 3 huge matches coming up this weekend, let’s at least salute the work done by all involved in the Sharks union to get us to this point. No resting on laurels, though, as we have three huge games to win this weekend.

Sharks Forever!



24 Comments

  • They should play these games as curtain raisers for the CC semi.. It would have been great to see all three encounters at the Tank.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.10.10 10:44:39 by Sportbilly(Oubaas2009) Reply
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  • @Sportbilly(Oubaas2009) (Comment 1) : ja, but that’s also pretty unfair on the sides that have worked hard to end top or second.

    The finals will all be played as curtain raisers to the CC final.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.10.10 11:00:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • reef nakin is from michaelhouse…. big stuff up

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.10.10 11:05:30 by mikey Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    So there will be no curtain raiser on Saturday for the semi.. tha is pretty shit to only see the one game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.10.10 11:08:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Yeah, I guess u right. That said, wonder if the Bulls players wouldn’t prefer playing in front of a packed Sharkstank or an dead empty Loftus?

    Could have been on TV as well en Tannie Santie would haf seen dem.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.10.10 11:09:03 by Sportbilly Reply

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  • @mikey (Comment 3) : apologies… will fix it now

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.10.10 11:14:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @mikey (Comment 3) : since you’re clearly a House boy, fill me in here. I see Lambo played with the elbow guard at school level too. What’s up with it?

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.10.10 11:20:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks man… means a lot…. he is such a talent..its a pity he is going overseas

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.10.10 11:20:47 by mikey Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    At Newlands!! :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.10.10 11:24:48 by wpw Reply
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  • Ya i know Pat really well.. my parents are his god parents..(true story) He hurt it badly playing u16 i think and doctors told him he had to wear it or risk not playing again…. plus he looks cool and he totally pulls it off,,, He has lost the white scrum cap since school though.. You must have seen videos when he was at school.. he was amazing

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.10.10 11:24:49 by mikey Reply

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  • @mikey (Comment 10) : dude, he is STILL amazing, at CC level, Super 14 level, whatever.

    That kid is superb!

    Clayone had a story a while ago where some bud of his saw Pat’s elbow and came to the conclusion that the oke was crocked… said it looked like he’d been run over by a truck :) Guess that’s from the injury you’re talking about?

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.10.10 11:27:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @mikey (Comment 8) : who’s going overseas? Reef? A pity, but jeez, the Sharks have brought in a lot of flyhalves now. I rate him ahead of Ryno Olivier, but he still has Guy, Willie and all the senior okes ahead of him too!

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.10.10 11:28:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • ya… you doing great work with the web site…. keep it up.. reef nakin.. remember the name…Pat actually has an amazing story..He was injured for most of the 2006 season when he was u16.. Then at the beginning of 2007 he failed to make the 1st touring squad… then some guys got caught drinking so pat moved up.. by the end of the year he was playing SA schools

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.10.10 11:36:17 by mikey Reply

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  • Ya.. it is a pity hey… ya.. i think it was reef’s first start against province.. Ya i do rate him ahead of Ryno..Whenever he came on as a substitute he seamed to make such a difference.. it was about time he got a run..Ya Sharks have lots of flyhalves. but reef just has amazing talent and flair that i havent seen from anyone.. very unique.. if he could be crtiticised it cold be said that his kicking needs to improve

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.10.10 11:42:30 by mikey Reply

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  • @mikey (Comment 14) : ja, but kicking is a skill that can come right with tuition and practice

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.10.10 12:02:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Another ‘House’ boy..

    With Cilliers, Lambie, Rhodes, Cronje squared, Richards and this Reefer fellow, house might get its first Springbok at some stage in the next few years!

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.10.10 13:50:30 by Sportbilly Reply

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  • It was sad to hear about Wynand Pienaar’s injury. “Impressive” is an appropriate word to use to describe his form. He’s looked like he’d be a better performer than Ludik for many games during the season, so I’m sad that he didn’t get a run in the senior side.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.10.10 12:19:19 by beet Reply
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  • It’s a pity the Sharks Academy couldn’t sign this year’s MHS star player Patrick Howard. He’s going to WP.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.10.10 12:34:12 by beet Reply
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  • It’s a pity the Sharks Academy couldn’t sign this year’s MHS star player Patrick Howard. He’s going to WP.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.10.10 12:34:12 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 17) : he has been one of the stars of that team. Hopefully he’ll stick around and push hard for the second fullback berth in next year’s Super 15 squad.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.10.10 12:34:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 19) : ja, that was bad. Any idea why he decided that? Maybe after sining Paul Jordaan, the Sharks couldn’t offer him anything decent?

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.10.10 12:35:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry robdylan, I have no idea what the underlying reasons for Howard’s decision were. I doubt it was the lack of a decent off on the table tho’.
    I excited about P.Jordaan for next year. Funny enough I think Jordaan was initially signed as a flyhalf and I was having visions of a new young Hennie le Roux but I think with quality players like Zeilinga and Haupfleisch for no.10 next year, Jordaan will player centre.
    Do you have any idea if the Sharks u21 and u19 games are on the tellie?

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.10.10 15:18:36 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 22) : A fari few of them have been televised in SA… alas, I’m in England, so I haven’t seen any.

    I’m sure the semis will be on…

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.10.10 15:36:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was referring to the semis.
    I’ve watched many of their home games and seen some on the TV as well incl a very good result by the u19s against the Bulls in Pretoria.
    Hopefully our u19s who are the form team of this age group level can do reproduce this result on the weekend, but I’m not holding out for an upset result by the Sharks u21s – they’ve turn out to be pretty poor travellers and got whipped by the Bulls at Loftus last time out. Come to think about it, the u21s had a close defeat to the Bulls in Durban earlier in the year. If they’d won that game, they’d be playing the curtain-raiser this Sat and have a very good shot at winning coz they have generally been outstanding on home soil.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.10.10 16:49:38 by beet Reply
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