The Sharks Under 21’s got their Currie Cup off to a good start by beating Free State 31 – 9 on Friday night, in a game that was dominated by the boot of young Fred Zeilinga.
Sharksrugby.co.za and blogger beet reports that the match was far from the flowing game that we all love to watch, with first game jitters and stop-start rugby being the order of the day. Zeilinga landed 8 penalties and a conversion, scoring 26 points in the process, practically kicking the Sharks side to victory.
A single try was scored on the day, eighthman Braam Steyn picking up the five pointer late in the game, to put the result beyond doubt.
Feedback from beet makes for difficult reading, with the scoreboard clearly flattering the Sharks’ performance, with the team lacking innovation in the backline, with most of the play taking place amongst the forwards and around the breakdown, where young Chris Cloete gets praise for hard work put in.
The Sharks backline boasted players that have been around for a while and it is concerning to read that none of the outside backs did anything worthy of a mention, particularly looking at Heimar Williams, Wandile Mjekevu and Piet Lindeque, names we are all familiar with. The spark from previous seasons was missing, with players like Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and Gouws Prinsloo clearly being missed.
The forwards did not dominate as expected, considering the talent amongst the front row, Mienie. Marais and Schonert all being touted as future senior Sharks.
At the end of the day, a win is a win, and it can only get better from the young Sharks, as they gel and combine for a long Currie Cup season ahead. Thanks to beet for his report from the stadium on Friday night.Tweet