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Tame end to forgettable campaign


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Oct 2014 at 09:23
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The Sharks under 21 side ended their season in rather typical style, conceding a 51-32 defeat to their rampant Western Province counterparts at Newlands on Saturday.

Deon Kayser’s side had done well to take an 18-10 lead into half time, having outscored their hosts by three tries to one during the period, but then seemingly forgot to play in the second period. Province crossed the Sharks line and embarrassing 7 times during the 40 minutes that followed, with the bonus point to the Sharks due to scoring two more themselves of scant consolation. Province flanker Tapiwa Tsomondo scored 4 of their tries on his own.

This year’s under 21 campaign has been little short of a disaster for the Sharks, who ended in fifth position a good 11 log points away from a semi-final berth. That fate was clear a good few weeks ago, meaning motivation must surely have been low heading into the Cape clash. A fair few players, who have understandably not been offered contracts at senior level, were playing their final games for the Sharks and would have wanted to finish off with a win.

Perhaps more concerning, though, is that despite the presence of senior squad members in Johan Meyer, Tim Swiel and Tyler Fisher, the Sharks couldn’t produce a better showing. This weekend’s semi finals see table-topping Province take on the Cheetahs, with the Blue Bulls hosting the Lions in the other fixture.

Western Province u21 (53): Tries Tapiwa Tsomondo (4), Willem Strydom, Devon Nash, Jacques van Staden, Solomon Ferreira. Conversions Strydom (2), Brandon Thomson (2). Penalty Strydom.
Sharks u21 (32): Tries Nkululeko Marwana, Michael Cloete, Johan Meyer, Sandile Kubeka, Tyler Fisher. Conversions Tim Swiel (2). Penalty Swiel.



28 Comments

  • The results of our junior rugby is concerning!!!! When last did any of our junior sides played in finals or won a trophy?!?!?!
    Somehing must be done to improve these results and greater cooperation between the Sharks (junior structures and Academy) and the UKZN IMPI’s is needed!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.10.14 09:37:05 by JD Reply
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  • The players we recruited are just not cutting it…our conditioning seems poor compared to other sides too…but perhaps thats just the players body types not the Sharks program. Whatever it is, it is very concerning. The Sharks academy seems to be producing the average not the exceptional

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.10.14 10:46:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : That is why I think a DOR is important to resolve these issues across the board.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.10.14 12:12:12 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Very concerning indeed. Wonder what steps will be taken to turn this round for future years?

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.14 12:27:58 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 4) : well for one JB will be doing the recruitment of new youngsters, so somethings are being done but it will take time. My main concern is the lack of cooperation between Sharks and the UKZN IMPI’s. For the youngsters to produce better results we need a Varsity cup side!!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.14 13:10:56 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : The situation is tricky at Sharks Academy has links with Varsity College and not so much UKZN. Its going to take a long time and lots of behind the scenes talks. Basically the Academy needs an [email protected]Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Well our previous fly by night DOR did bugger all about it. Unfortunately i think the horse has bolted for next couple years so the chequebook will be needed to supplement the senior side with quality

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.14 13:18:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) :

    Why is it necessary for the Sharks to recruit junior players? Natal has some of the top rugby schools in the country.

    Perhaps the best course of action would be to grow your own and at least foster some pride in the jersey?

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.14 13:23:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : eep.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.14 13:24:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kayser is clearly out of his depth

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.10.14 14:01:06 by Saffex Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : Probably for the same reason that WP recruit, and the Bulls, and ….

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.10.14 14:07:11 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : Every single province in this country recruits, never mind overseas based teams. So it would be a very naiive Union to believe that because we have good school boys in the province means they will just stay here and play. Unions have to recruit even their local school boys…just the way it is. And as for having good school boys..when last did KZN win the final game at Craven week?? And funny thing about pride…it tends to grow or waiver depending on the size of the cheque at the end of the month

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.10.14 14:25:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : @SheldonK (Comment 11) :

    You guys sound like kiwis… lol.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.10.14 14:42:30 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) :

    Or maybe i should say you sound like Lance Armstrong… “everybody did it”…

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.10.14 14:55:08 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) : Well put it this way..Kiwis recruit and keep talent and they no.1…Tonga dont and they are well…let me scroll to page 2 to see where they are…

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.10.14 15:15:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) :

    I think you may need a refresher in causation and causality my man.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.10.14 15:25:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 14) :

    Anyway, carry on as you are. If that formula isnt working for you then by all means keep on doing it; the other provinces arent complaining. You might even expect a different result next time.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.10.14 15:26:59 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I will also add that the Bulls policy of recruiting anything that walks has backfired quite badly over the last few seasons…

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.10.14 15:28:40 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 17) : The problem in KZn at the moment is that we arent retaining the top2% of players but rather the next 8%. The Academy has more paying students than those top players on bursaries and as we know like when there is a 14 team CC, the average brings down the quality of the top players etc. Its become more about quantity and cashflow than quality

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.10.14 15:52:34 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our Natal universities are dog shite,and that any topNatal boy who can opts for U.C.T. first and then Stellenbosch.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.10.14 15:57:31 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) :

    Yeah – you’ll get no arguments from me re money ruining the game.

    That said, I think the problem with Natal Rugby (versus WP Rugby) is the lack of credible university rugby.
    WP doesnt have an academy, largely because Maties and (to a lesser degree) UCT fulfills that role for them.
    I remember going to my first rugby practices at Stellenbosch as an 18 y/old.
    Guys had to introduce themselves and maybe about 70% of the guys had played Craven Week. And this was at res rugby level… wasnt even playing for Maties.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.10.14 15:59:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) :

    Oooh dawg… we almost agree!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.10.14 15:59:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I remember when the Pmb campus was a fortress with guys like John Smit and Sean Sowerby played for Maritzburgh University,and even earlier when Gary Teichmann went there.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.10.14 16:07:08 by The hound Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : @The hound (Comment 19) : 100% Guys 100%

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.10.14 16:26:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : sorry to say but that makes little sense! !!!! If young players play in a strong Varsity cup competition it will strengthen the juniors later during the Currie cup. Having the youngsters play club rugby rather than Varsity rugby is silly and I can’t see a lot of top quality youngsters rushing to sign for the Academy, but then that’s just my opinion.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.10.14 18:50:25 by JD Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : ja that’s why I feel so strongly about the Sharks and Academy putting their full weight behind the UKZN IMPI’s to get them into the Varsity cup and then get them to be competitive in the Varsity cup!!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.10.14 19:02:16 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 24) : I think you a little confused as to how things work. The Academy gives bursaries to about 10-15 guys a year. Those guys are members of the Sharks academy and either study through Varsity College or ETA as those are the 2 institutes associated with the academy (although there rumors of that changing but for now thats how it is). They are also allocated to the respective KZN clubs. The rest of the Academy intake are full paying students that attend much like you and I applied and paid to go to a varsity etc. Yes these kids would have had to play 1st side rugby etc but not all can be described as having a realistic chance to make it. The only guys eligible to play Varsity Cup for UKZN are the guys that chose to study there, yes there are some academy guys that play but thats because the Varsity Cup rulings allow for some non fully fledged Varsity players to play in the side (yes a daft ruling but still). Quite a few of the guys that played Varsity Cup for UKZN actually play league for other clubs- which is why UKZN get klapped in the league. Hope that kinda clears up the picture

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.10.14 08:15:53 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : Are you talking only juniour rugby here – because it can be very easilyargued that at senior rugby the Sharks have had the wood over the Stormers / WP for many a year now and looking at it in that light then there could be good counter argument that having a strong varsity cup team actually means squat in the bigger picture, the bigger picture being the main teams – not the age group teams.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.10.14 08:34:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : BTW WP have both a rugby institute and a rugby academy.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.10.14 08:37:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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