Richard Ferguson

Under 21′s win ugly opener

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 23 Jul 2012 at 11:12
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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. 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.


  • Interesting to see that the Border u/21`s beat the mighty Blue Bulls u/21`s in the first week. Border then went on to win against the leopards last week. Any reasons for Border u/21s to be sooo good?

    Glad to see our u/19s reverse our defeat to the Free state a few weeks ago.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.12 11:22:20 by VanWilder Reply
    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @VanWilder (Comment 1) : yes… all the boys from the former Zululand Rugby Academy are now playing for Border. They will LOVE it if they beat us this weekend.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.12 11:24:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Did they move to East London, or are they falling in the Border region now?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.12 11:44:25 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • @VanWilder (Comment 3) : they picked up the whole thing, lock stock and barrel, and moved it to East London because they fell out with the Sharks. Apparently felt their players weren’t getting a proper look in for the Sharks junior sides.

    Trust me, there will be a lot of niggle in this week’s under 21 game

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.07.12 11:47:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : thats quite a loss for us… :sad: but also good to see young talent spreading over to other provinces aswell.

    Thanks for the info.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.07.12 11:50:50 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player

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