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Unfancied youngsters topping the charts


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Oct 2012 at 08:37
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I find it quite interesting that a pair of young flyhalves, neither of whom could get a look in at any sort of national age-group level, have emerged as top points scorers in the Under 19 and Under 21 competitions this year, after the bulk of matches have been played.

I wouldn’t be mentioning this, of course, if they weren’t both playing in black and white – and what’s even more pleasing is that both are home grown lads, nurtured through KZN schools and the oft-maligned Sharks Academy.

Match-winning flyhalf Rob du Preez (Kearsney), son of the former Sharks scrumhalf of the same name and whose two brother are SA schools representatives, tops the Under 19 point-scoring chart with 110 points, even though we’re expecting that to be revised downward to 105 when the powers that be realise that Rob was credited with Mike Bernardt’s try on Friday afternoon! Just behind du Preez is Lions man Johannes Deale, followed by Province’s Tommy Allan (nephew of Sharks hooker John). You ahve to go some way down the table to find a Blue Bull, by the way…

The under 21 table is even more compelling, with Glenwood man Fred Zeilinga (152 points) a good 30 clear of his nearest rival, Lions fullback Marais Schmidt. That’s even more impressive considering Fred didn’t even play last week.

Keep it up, Sharks boys! The rest of the country may crow about their Goosens, Pollards and whatever else, but we know that our future at 10 is properly sorted too.



18 Comments

  • @robdylan,i see you were playing the man and not the ball again on your Thursday blog,glad to see some other bloggers can see the problem with that team,and it is not talent,when i was in JHB the other day i went to the ground early to watch the Lions u13 7′s a and b teams play against each other,does that mean i am related to them as well[must have the biggest family tree in history]if that’s the case,if you need to know my interest lies in the u21′s and thus don’t blog about the team,but if the 2 teams play at the same venue i will watch both games,enough said,keep your eye on the ball,we are all sharks fans and just want the best for them,so tell me how the u19′s squandered a 17 3 lead on Friday and nearly lost,and then i will tell you what i saw change in the 46th minute

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.10.12 09:11:46 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 1) : why do you never post comments on the u21 threads then? Only ever u19s and only ever to slate the coach for the same perceived failing…

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.10.12 09:40:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bobby, I’m sorry if you think I’m victimising you, but I am so sick of the continued bashing of the Sharks junior structures. If all the guys in durban love the Bulls so much, they should rather just start supporting them rather and be done with it.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.10.12 09:43:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rob d,read my post above carefully and think about it,and you will see why there is frustration,BULLS where does that come from???,i read your articles about the u19 games and you always say they were unlucky to lose and then i wonder what game you were watching[or writing about] they lost because they made the same mistake as the last 3 games,massive first halves,Bulls up 18 0, Leopards 6 5 down but in control,and end up losing,WP friday 17 3 up and nearly lost,down 20 25 in the last 5 min,and could he not see that his forwards were exhausted,they were walking across the field,channel one was like a open highway next to the mauls and rucks,the forwards were finished,3 forward subs not used at all, out of 5,at that stage of the game i could have put on 3 Glenwood u16′s and they would have had more impact on the game than those guys that had given everything they had,and let me say the forwards were great in those conditions,but i have realized that you dont attend away games and that your match stats come from another site and that leads to confusion,and i am way to old to care about being victimized,the team is 4th on the log so no failing there,just could have been alot easier.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.10.12 10:36:39 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 4) : maybe you’re getting caught in the cross fire here unfairly, in which case I apologise.

    There seems to be a very strong school of though – a lot of it coming from Maritzburg College – that the Sharks are a joke at junior level and that the Bulls have got the whole thing sewn up.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.10.12 14:48:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : rob that is not my school of thought and i don’t think that the baby sharks are a joke,in fact if i did i would not bother blogging about it,i think they are a very talented bunch of players,regarding the coach,i have 2 problem areas,the non use of his subs and the lineouts,why does he not seek help??never the less he is 4th on the log and thats not to bad,getting back to Fridays game,in the 46th min WP brought on 2 prop subs and a flank sub plus the blood bin lock went back on,4 sets of fresh legs up front and they scored 3 tries in no time,the sharks could not cover the field quick enough,we made no changes to counter their move and we got no more ball and the gaps opened up,worst of all we nearly lost again,after leading, why?? please i am not slating the coach it just confuses me and i cant understand the logic and it happens week in and week out,said and meant in the best and kindest possible way

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.10.12 15:46:29 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 6) : ok – seems I must have misunderstood your motives, in which case I apologise unreservedly.

    I honestly do feel a lot for Etienne, because he hasn’t been given a squad with anywhere near as much depth as the likes of Paul Anthony has… and also, it’s his first campaign as head coach at this (or, to my knowledge, any) level. If the guy is making basic errors and needs help, then perhaps we can find a nice way to try and get that message to him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.10.12 15:52:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Who at College thinks The Baby Sharks are a joke?! As you well know I am connected to College i.e my son is there and I always got a good vibe, but I am not in with the 1sts (yet) maybe that is why so many of our youngsters choose to go to the Bulls – Read Kriels, and Stefan also nearly signed with the Bulls, sad! :(

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.10.12 16:03:36 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 8) : I am not at liberty to name names on this forum, but trust me, if I could, I would.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.10.12 16:06:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : this is a rugby blog and thus i don’t expect you to think the same as me,in fact if we all thought the same what would be the point and like i said earlier, i am to old to care, so no apology needed,my suggestion to the coach would be,is to throw away that game plan book and play the conditions and opposition as the game unfolds,you cant predetermine what is going to happen,who in your side is going to have a shocker and who is going to have a blinder,against the Lions the hooker had a mare on Friday he was solid those calls you have to make on the fly,as for a message to the coach,i think he needs to row this boat him self,i just hope it does not cost him a place in the semi’s,cause the players do not deserve not to make it threw

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.10.12 16:25:50 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Maybe College guys and their coaches are just closer and identify more with the whole Bulls/Pretoria culture than they do with the Sharks culture. Rugby in Pretoria is a cultural thing and not everyone will be happy in that set up – quiete different to what I imagine the Sharks would be. I, for the life of me, could not imagine anyone choosing to go and play rugby in Pretoria above doing it in Durban, if all paramaters are the same. That having been said I think if one is “Bulls” inclined in ones upbinging then Pretoria would be a happier place to be. I just presume the Kriel brothers are culturally closer to Pretoria and their ways than they are with the Sharks setup.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.10.12 16:31:34 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : that was an impressively roundabout way of saying what I think you’re trying to say :)

    But it’s not just Afrikaans kids.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.10.12 16:34:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Well you have to like the stadium music to start with, and if you are serious about it you should realise that you will have to put up with it for at least 3-8 years. Hell I know some died in the wool Pretorians that would not be able to stommach that.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.10.12 16:40:58 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : I grew up in Pretoria and could never feel any affinity to that team… so I get what you’re saying completely.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.10.12 16:41:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 10) : let’s just hope he gets another season to apply what he’s learned… otherwise we’ll be starting all over again… again!

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.10.12 16:46:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : I spend a week or two near Pretoria most years – love the climate.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.10.12 16:53:48 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : Nope the Kriels are R orientated unfortunately. Their mother is a widow with no two cents to rub together, they went where they were made the biggest offer. Learned this yesterday from a very close friend of Mrs Kriel. This is pretty much a needs choice more than a which team I prefer choice :(

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.10.12 08:40:03 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 17) : I’ll never judge a mother for making a decision like that.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.10.12 08:41:12 by robdylan Reply
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