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.Tweet