Promising start for Sharks juniors

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 2 Jul 2013 at 09:52
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Both the Sharks under 19 and under 21 sides recorded good victories over their Lions counterparts, in friendly matches played in Harrismith last Friday.

The junior teams have been working flat out for over a month already, preparing for their respective campaigns, which kick off on Friday 13 July with matches against, ironically, the self-same Lions teams, at Kings Park. While the under 21s were somewhat weakened due to the withdrawal of several SA Under 20 players, the under 19s were probably at close to full strength.

The under 19 side recorded a solid 24-18 win over the Lions in the earlier match, with number 8 Ray Williams crossing over for two of his team’s tries to cap a great performance.

The under 21s – even without the likes of Marne Coetzee, Rob du Preez, Stefan Ungerer and Hanco Venter – notched up a good 43-29 win, with a mostly first-choice combination building up a solid first-half lead before wholesale changes were made, which allowed the Lions back in.

The under 21 side boasted a strong starting line-up, with Allan Dell and captain Franco Marais in the front row both capped at Currie Cup level. Fred Zeilinga ran things well from flyhalf, while there was also the super rugby experience of Sean Robinson to call on at wing. The centre pairing, in particular, is an interesting one; it’s unlikely that many teams at this level will be able to better Andres Esterhuizen and Tyler Fisher for size, power and pace.

The elephant in the room for the under 21 side, of course, comes in the expected announcement of their head coach, Sean Everitt, as Sharks assistant for the Currie Cup campaign. We understand that moves are well underway to hand over Everitt’s duties, but there has, as yet, been no official confirmation from the Sharks as to any coaching appointments.


  • Good to see Esterhuizen at 12.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.07.13 10:19:20 by JJR Reply
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  • Please can you get full team sheets for both sides.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.07.13 10:34:34 by TheGoose Reply

  • @TheGoose (Comment 2) : yes please!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.13 10:37:31 by Ludz Reply

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  • @TheGoose (Comment 2) : @Ludz (Comment 3) : would love to. You think I can get those from the Sharks? Nothing more secretive than junior team sheets.

    Fked if I know why.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.13 10:48:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think the u21s lined up more-or-less as follows:

    1 Dell 2 Marais 3 Kerrod 4 Hay 5 Lewies 6 Majola 7 Meyer 8 Alexander 9 Marcus 10 Zeilinga 11 Robinson 12 Esterhuizen 13 Fisher 14 Bernahrdt 15 Hauptfleisch

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.13 10:56:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 6) : Oops! Wrong article…

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.13 11:15:44 by David12246 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I think the captaincy being given to Franco is an indication that Allan Dell will be involved in the senior Currie Cup at some point this season

    The 1st choice u21 team as I see it. Alexander not getting the captaincy also might mean Plank is the preffered 8thman, still too early to tell.

    1.Allan Dell/Simon Kerrod 2. Franco Marais 3. Maks van Dyk 4. Hay 5. Stefan Lewies 6. Khaya Majola 7. Wade Elliot (I think he’s still u21, he was huge last year) 8. Guy Alexander/Johan Plank Meyer 9. Hanco Venter/Stefan Ungerer 10. Fred Zeilinga/Gavin Hauptfleisch 11. Japan chap, I forget his name. 12. Andre Esterhuizen 13. Tyler Fischer 14. Mike Behardt. 15. Sean Robinson

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.13 12:13:13 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : Kotaro Matsushima.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.13 12:18:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : it’s a good side that.

    Also mustn’t forget some of the u19 loose forward from last year that did so well… Andre van Tonder and Jean Pretorius

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.07.13 12:19:22 by robdylan Reply
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