Sharks under 19 coach Etienne Fynn will have breathed a sigh of relief yesterday ad, for the first time in his maiden campaign, he was able to announce a completely unchanged squad for this weekend’s match against teh Lions.
The rookie coach, who played tight head prop for the Sharks and Springboks back in his playing days, will know better than to think that his side’s successful run in the last two games should necessarily translate into a win in Johannesburg on Saturday; after all, it was during the first round of matches that the self-same Lions managed to halt a great start by the Sharks, beating them by a single point at Kings Park after the team had started with two good bonus point wins.
Fynn’s team went on to lose their next three matches after that game too and have only just managed to bounce back into contention for the semi-finals, thanks to big wins over Free State and South Western Districts in the last two weeks.
Sharks Under 19s
15. Sean Robinson, 14. Kotaro Matsushima, 13. Tyler Fisher, 12. Gareth Meikle, 11. Alcino Izaacs, 10. Robert du Preez (Capt), 9. Cameron Wright, 8. Jean Pretorius, 7. Andrew van Tonder, 6. Francois van der Vyver, 5. Myles Tucker, 4. Gideon Koegelenberg, 3. Marne Coetzee, 2. Morne du Plessis, 1. Nicolas Roebeck
16. Warrick Venter, 17. John-Hubert Meyer, 18. Louis Hazelhurst, 19. Theo Kruger, 20. Brendan Cope, 21. Takudzwa Chieza, 22. Michael Bernardt, 23. Matthew Jones