Sean Everitt and his Sharks under 21 side turned the tables on their more-fancied Western Province opponents for the second time this season, prevailing in last night’s semi-final to claim a place in the final next week.
In an untelevised match at Florida Park in Ravensmead, Cape Town, last night Monde Hadebe’s boys prevailed 19-12 over their hosts, in a match which the skipper described as “ugly”. Hadebe went on to say that it took “big balls” from the Sharks to pull through.
A yellow card to WP wunderkind JP du Plessis on 27 minutes proved the undoing of his side, as the Sharks went on to overturn a 3-9 deficit, scoring the match’s only try through Sibusiso Sithole, while the right wing was off the field. Gouws Prinsloo’s conversion gave the visitors a 10-9 lead at the break. All of Province’s points in the half came via the boot of flyhalf Kurt Coleman.
The second half belonged to the Sharks, with three further penalties to Prinsloo eclipsing the solitary three points that Coleman managed to add to Province’s total in the second 40.
The Sharks will now play the Blue Bulls in next Saturday’s final, which will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Currie Cup Final proper, wherever that may take place.
Scores: WP (12). Penalties : Kurt Colemn (4)
Sharks (19). Try: Sibusiso Sithole. Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo. Penalties: Prinsloo (4)