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Juniors succeed in Potch


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 22 Aug 2016 at 16:34
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Both Sharks age-group teams recorded much-needed bonus point wins against their Leopards counterparts in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon.

The Leopards are no great shakes at under 19 level this year, with a solitary two log points gained from their eight matches to date. The Sharks, although well ahead in terms of points, are only a single spot above them on the log, so it’s perhaps not wise to read too much into the 31-12 win for Paul Anthony’s men. That said, they have now won two games on the trot and could build on that platform when they face the formidable Bulls at Kings Park on Saturday.

Flank Cornelius Otto (no relation) and scrumhalf Francois de Villiers scored a brace of tries each, with flyhalf Gareth Simpson and outside centre James Tedder adding 11 further points between them, from four conversions and a penalty.

The under 21 side finally got their campaign going, with a somewhat laboured and rather late 38-33 win that wouldn’t have had the defensive purists overly excited. Five tries were scored by each side, with Sharks scrumhalf Jaywinn Juries nailing three penalties and two conversions to see his team end slightly ahead. Wings Morne Joubert and Malcom Cele scored tries early on for the visitors, before Leopards captain Tiaan Bezuidenhout struck back with a pair of scores that saw his side take a 14-13 lead into the break.

Further blows were traded in the second half, with hooker Kerron van Vuuren and centre Tristn Blewett recording scores, but with the Leoaprds having crossed thrice in the period, things were looking bleak for the Sharks. Fortunately, big Mthunzi Moloi struck a telling blow with ten minutes to play and unlike the previous week, the Sharks managed to hold on for the win.



6 Comments

  • Great news!!! Three Sharks victories this weekend!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.16 17:46:12 by JD Reply
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  • Good to get 2 wins although it does seem that the u21s are struggling a bit. Perhaps its the combinations?

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.08.16 08:04:02 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : I am afraid after such promise last year, this side is somewhat struggling, not just with form, but also injury. Inno and Tedder both out the side, Bosch, Nkosi all not available. Schramm and Geldenhuys both out for around 4 weeks. Will be at the Bulls game and let you know how it goes, but it is going to be very tough.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.08.16 11:49:37 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 3) : My mate is actually run touch for the game as well. I can understand the disruption…such a pity that Van Rensburg is out injured too- was keen to see him at 10 as think he has lots of potential and isnt scared to play flat. Heard good things about this Namibian scrummy too. I just get disappointed as too often the Sharks juniors produce very flat uninspiring results. Perhaps thats where MR Gold needs to focus…getting better u21 depth to put pressure on senior guys.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.08.16 11:53:45 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : They have single out 6/7 of the u21 side to go on to further honours at the Sharks. The area of concern is 9,10 and 15. I have heard a lot about M Joubert but thus far, he is not performing – the wings and fullback are never in position, in both games, the opposing flyhalf kicks and the sharks are frantic to get back, putting themselves under massive pressure. Joubert almost wants to be to involved and stands very flat, he needs help on his positional play. The forwards are very strong, but they are not linking with the backs as they did last year, it is almost as if size has changed te way they play, they have all grown a lot, perhaps too much. With Schramm and Geldenhuys both out for the best part of 3-4 weeks, things are going to be tough and the sharks u21s will need to dig deep. They have the potential, but must play as a team and not individuals

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.08.16 12:00:20 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 5) : Interesting points you raise. I think the Sharks need to look to fill the following depth either from within or aquisition. The 3rd hooker , number 6, the third 9, number 12. Those are the main ones for me. I think Joubert’s play probably has a lot with him shifting to 13 and wing for games so now he wants to be more involved than at 15. Think he should make the move to centre permanently (either 12 or 13)…he is along way down the 15s pecking order at the Sharks

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.08.16 12:14:08 by SheldonK Reply

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