I had the privilege of chatting to Sharks U21 eighthman Meyer Swanepoel. Swanepoel should be named in the team to face the Bulls U21 in the U21 Currie Cup semi final in Pretoria on Friday.
According to Swanepoel, the team feels it is a great achievement to have reached the semi finals, and even though they would have wanted to play at the Tank this weekend, they have to do the best with what they have ended. “The mood in the camp is positive”, and even though they have lost to the Bulls twice in the league phases, they feel they can win their match.
“We will be going into this match full of confidence and plan on fighting fire with fire. We know that all age group Bulls teams are very physical, and we plan to take them on in all departments”. Let’s hope the senior Sharks team takes some advice from the youngsters and do the same come Saturday afternoon.
The build up to the big game was filled with getting the basics right and focusing on what has been working. “We don’t want to change anything last minute and have to learn everything new. The plan is to stick with what has gotten us into the semi finals and to play the game we know works.”
As for his future plans, “I would like to extend my stay with the Sharks. I have done my three years with the U21’s and the team is successful and I like it here. The competition amongst the players is really good, and it motivates you to go out and do your best. If you play the one week, you play for the team and not yourself, because you might not play the next.”
We would like to wish the Sharks U19 and U21 teams all the best in their attempts in Pretoria. You have already made us proud by getting this far, go and give it your best! Thank you to Meyer Swanepoel for his time and we hope to get more of the younger players interviewed to expose the talent to the readers out there.Tweet