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Bloem heartbreak for under 21s


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 19 Oct 2015 at 09:49
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The Sharks under 21 side fought bravely to get ahead of their Cheetah hosts at half time in Saturday’s Bloemfontein, but ultimately fell short in the second 40, conceding two tries to none in the half to suffer an agonising 22-27 loss.

Marius Louw’s team certainly had their share of obstacles to overcome, starting with the late withdrawal of star prop Thomas du Toit due to illness. initially planning a merciless up-front assault late in the game, those plans had to change before kick-off, with lock forward Jean Droste included on the bench (and only a single prop replacement in Barend Potgieter remaining). On a day when the Sharks never quite seemed to get on the right side of the referee, both Louw and openside flanker Graham Geldenhuys found themselves in the sin bin early on, Louw being sent off as early as the 3rd minute, and Geldenhuys following in the 14th just a minute after his captain had returned.

An early penalty to Inny Radebe was all the joy the Sharks had in the opening quarter, with Free State centre Nico Lee and number 8 Steve Meiring scoring tries to hand their team a 12-3 lead. Some wayward kicking by left wing Arrie Vosloo left the door open and when Ayron Schramm scored his third try in as many games in the 22nd minute, the Sharks were right back in the contest. Geldenhuys made good with a score of his own 5 minutes before the break, with Radebe (unsuccessful with either conversion) adding a penalty to see the Sharks lead 16-12 heading into the shed.

Injury to Schramm just after his try had been scored meant the introduction of big Wian Vosloo to the pack, but with the latter also going off just minutes later, the Sharks were forced to play all of the second half with replacement hooker Kerron van Vuuren at flank, a factor which must ultimately have led to their demise. Despite two good penalties from Radebe in the second half to keep them in touch, a try to Vosloo and a further one to Lee late in the game saw Free State edge the half 15-6, ultimately securing a 5-point win and a spot in next week’s final against WP.

For this young Sharks team, it was a disappointing loss but hopefully a sign of good things to come for this corps of players, many of whom are still eligible for age-group rugby next year. Special credit must go to Radebe, who is clear as the competition’s top points scorer, with 135 points courtesy of six tries, 24 conversions and 19 penalties. With the nearest challenger boasting just 89, Inny looks set to win this individual prize in commanding style.

Free State 27 (12). Tries: Arrie Vosloo, Nicolaas Lee (2), Steven Meiring. Conversions: Andre Swarts, Arrie Vosloo. Penalty: Andre Swarts.
Sharks 22 (16). Tries: Ayron Schramm, Graham Geldenhuys. Penalties: Inny-Christian Radebe (4).



43 Comments

  • The only light remaining in Sharks country dimmed for another year. Pretty used to this by now.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.10.15 09:52:52 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Seems as though they gave a good account of themselves. And its a massive improvement from last year. This is still a young side with a lot still eligible for u21s next year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.10.15 10:05:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : ja, I think that’s hte way to look at it.

    Very tempting to pick up all the residual kak that we feel because of the seniors and dump it on these kids’ shoulders. That wouldn’t be fair. They’ve done very well.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.10.15 10:08:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congrats to the U/21′s for making it this far and of course congrats to Free State for the win.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.10.15 10:22:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Sounds like they got very close despite being significantly disrupted by injury. Out of curiosity, anybody know what Louw did to get a yellow card that early – its not going to be repeated offences is it?! Good effort guys.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.10.15 10:28:29 by JR Reply

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  • How shit has our year been when the only thing we have to celebrate is a losing under21 semi final,if we had at least lost the final I’d agree with some of the sentiment on here,but please lets get over with it a disgraceful year,Gold’s annus horribulus,

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.10.15 10:34:58 by The hound Reply
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  • Masterstroke, or momentum killer? Comes to mind. :|

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.10.15 10:40:46 by Rvw Reply

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  • @JR (Comment 5) : Pfffft! What disruption. Thomas du Toit hasn’t played for the u/21′s all season, and it could be argued that his presence could have disrupted team coercion.
    Sharks played well, and survived the first half yellows. 4 tries to two, tells a story in itself, No?
    Ultimately, the Cheetahs u21 have defeated their Sharks counterparts 3/3.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.10.15 10:44:07 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 6) : Compared to last year this in a fantastic year for the u21s. I think we should view that in isolation to the senior side and give due recognition. Thinking we will win every comp every year is a bit unrealistic as we have never done that. If we can keep this u21 side in tact for next year they should do even better. What wont be good is for this side to be pushed up to the seniors due to panic and the u19s then have to try fill this team and our u19s are a problem

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.10.15 10:48:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 6) : Wrong thread, Gold had nothing to do with these guys, well he might have, had he been doing the job he was employed to do. :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.10.15 10:50:03 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Sometimes one team is just better even if the other side didnt play badly.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.10.15 10:51:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Congrats to your boys, I hope they can learn from these Sharks and take the game next week.

    As for the disruptions, if you read the article its clear that the withdrawal of du Toit was not all that went against these youngsters. I think considering what I have read that they did incredibly well to only have lost by 5.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.10.15 10:53:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : True that. The Cheetahs vs Lions semi was a case in point. Think both our sides need to nurture and hold onto these young guys. Franco has used a number of young Varsity Cup players this year, and they have stepped up, by and large as a group.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.10.15 11:01:12 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : Look when I start believing that a losing semi final is a fantastic result,I’ll switch to watching South African soccer because by then I’ll have absolutely no expectations and just stare at the screen in a stupor.
    Please man its the 25th anniversary of the great 1990 Currie Cup win and you trying to convince me that this is a good result.Thank God I at least have experienced what a great Sharks team is really all about.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.10.15 11:02:36 by The hound Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : Yeah they did do well, as was expected. Sharks had two yellows, the Cheetahs had one in the last 10. Sharks did have injury disruptions to be fair. All in all a well fought encounter.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.10.15 11:02:43 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Being at the game, I felt the ref was not entirely fair. Louws yellow card was ludicrous, trying to catch an up and under and colliding with the cheetahs fullback, it was not even a penalty, never mind yellow card.

    Schramm was going very well and is a massive ball carrier, his injury was a big blow. Then Wian gets broken ribs 2 minutes later.

    You guys played good rugby, but I am sure you must have been hanging onto your chair for the last 10. The Sharks went over after a dominant maul. They were held up and then spent the remainder of the final 10 on the Cheetahs tryline. Great defence but I also felt the sharks attack was to narrow. Anyway, a win is a win, so well done to your side, it was a great game of rugby

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.10.15 11:08:36 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 16) : Great to get a spectators view. I was at a father/son camp, so just read the game review. Those collision in the air penalties are becoming as big a lottery as the scrums nowadays.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.10.15 11:17:21 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 16) : @KingCheetah (Comment 17) : ja congrats to the Cheethas and glad to hear the Sharkies showed a bit of guts!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.10.15 11:20:26 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : Sorry but believing that because we have won a few Currie Cups means we should win the CC every year including both junior sides and anything else is a failure is not realistic. Yes i know we Sharks biased here but i think we can still be realistic. Sharks u21s were absolutely nowhere last year. So to closely lose a semi final the following year and playing pretty decent rugby towards the end of the comp is a big positive. Well in reality anyway

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.10.15 11:35:18 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : You are twisting my words,all I am saying is that certain things are worth celebrating,like 1990,and certain things are best consigned to the scrap heap of broken dreams,like losing semi finals.But by all means go ahead and enjoy [email protected]SheldonK (Comment 19) :

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.10.15 11:49:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 20) : What i am wondering is if u see the u21 result as a positive or negative overall? Im not saying we should hold a parade for them, just that its a positive step forward.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.10.15 12:08:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : exactly. we’re hardly celebrating this loss, but choosing not to come down too hard on the boys because overall they’ve done pretty well.

    Shades of grey. Not that hard to spot, I wouldn’t think, even for a black/white guy like Hound.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.10.15 12:31:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : If you are battling for inspiration why don’t you do a piece on 1990 as it is the 25anniversary and was the catalyst for everything Sharks that followed including this column.
    It is very colourful even for a grey guy like yourself.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.10.15 12:40:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : it’s been done before. Unfortunately, as glorious as that campaign was, it’s unlikely to have much bearing on the team’s fortunes now.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.10.15 12:41:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : 1990 was definitely the start of a good run. Would you say that kind of ended in that Kevin Putt era and it was resurrected after that and has come back to that stage now?

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.10.15 12:48:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Sorry you feel that way,you obviously weren’t there or involved in the aftermath of that game and the tsunami it caused in Natal.
    We went from the Banana boys to the Sharks,in two years and entered Professional rugby as the only team in the entire super rugby setup with a professional mindset.
    That mindset endured till today.
    But maybe you are right ,it has ceased to have any relevance and we should all get a semi from an under 21 semi loss because it is all we have to celebrate.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.10.15 12:50:16 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : you’re being deliberately obtuse, so I’ll refrain from engaging further.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.10.15 12:56:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : You seem to be living in the past, 1990 was a long time ago, perhaps time to let go?

    You seem to look for the negative in everything, the Sharks will come right, give them some time. The u21s were blady good, truth be known, all over the FS side.

    They did not finish the job and this can be seen as a failure on their part. But why not look at a positive, the are the only side who managed to keep WP winless, that is a massive achievement when you look at how well WP have done.

    There are a lot of these youngsters with massive potential and when we talk about no pride for the jersey, it was heart warming to see them lying all over the field, many on hands and knees shedding a tear.

    Give the okes a chance, one bad season does not make for a bad union.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.10.15 12:56:37 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • Soms moet ‘n mens net stil bly en maar HOOP dinge kom dalk reg ten spyte van die vrot bestuur en CEO.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.10.15 13:05:23 by Leon Schrenk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : ;-)

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.10.15 13:19:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Leon Schrenk (Comment 29) : ja kan maar net hoop vir die beste want maak nie saak wat ons se ons kan dit nie verander!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.10.15 13:26:45 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : ja boet one of those Mondays!?!?!?! :twisted:
    That said maybe time for Sharks to change the way they look at under 19 and 21 contracting as other unions perform due to contracting and Varity cup rugby!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.10.15 13:28:56 by JD Reply
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  • Well I think the boys did well overall. The seniors can stand to learn some lessons from them. And at least we have some hope for future seasons if our juniors van improve year on year. My only question why did horak do better here than in the senior team setup? Is it really a combo player attitude and senior coaching problem after all?

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.10.15 13:57:37 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : A hooker playing flanker in the second half, only one prop on the bench, 2 yellow cards in first half… I wasn’t saying that the Cheetahs didn’t deserve to win or making excuses – I was more focused on my own side and giving the guys credit rather than doing them down for losing…

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.10.15 14:09:07 by JR Reply

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  • @JR (Comment 34) : that’s the way I interpreted your post, certainly. I think KingCheetah is just having a big old stir, so I wouldn’t take it too personally.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.10.15 14:24:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Congrats to the u21′s for being the ray of light in an otherwise gloomy Sharks rugby year.

    I hope that most of these young men remain with the Sharks as they have the potential to become legends of the black and white.

    I’m looking forward to next year!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.10.15 15:29:44 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 33) : I think you’re right.

    It would be interesting to hear all of the stuff that goes on behind the scenes at King’s Park!

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.10.15 15:30:55 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @JR (Comment 34) : Don’t mind me bud. As Rob says, I was just wielding the old wooden spoon.
    That is pretty disruptive, I do agree.

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.10.15 16:41:26 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 38) : It’s good to know you’ve got good youngsters – bodes well for the Sharks in a couple of years!

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.10.15 17:53:00 by JR Reply

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  • @JR (Comment 39) : hahaha ja let’s hope!!!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.10.15 18:07:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JR (Comment 39) : @JD (Comment 40) : If we can hang onto them. Both our teams need a major overhaul.

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.10.15 18:56:49 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @JR (Comment 39) : Well done sir :)

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.10.15 19:13:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 41) : ja though the Sharks was getting it right but seems as if they went down hill!!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.10.15 21:07:53 by JD Reply
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