Richard Ferguson

Sharks U21’s wallop Western Province

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, WP on 22 Aug 2010 at 14:37
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The U21 team faced an unbeaten WP team as a curtain raiser to the Currie Cup fixture on Saturday and showed what they are capable of by defeating them 41 – 14.

Guy Cronje’s left boot was in potent form from early on in the match as he opened the scoring with a penalty early on. WP was on the back foot from the start as the Sharks attacked wave after wave. Cronje added another on the 20 minute mark to take valuable points in the tight first quarter. WP finally got some points on the board through flyhalf van Aswegen, who slotted a penalty for the stripes. Cronje added a third soon after to restore the 6 point gap.

WP’s defence was finally penetrated minutes before half time with a great score from the impressive Mark Richards. WP got a penalty right on half time to make the scoreboard read 16 – 9 at the break.

Two quickfire tries in the second half by Kyle Cooper and Mark Richards stunned a Province outfit that I suspect were still enjoying the half time break. The scoreboard suddenly read 28 – 9 and the Sharks were looking a great bet.

Kyle Cooper managed another try after a fantastic run by the youngster, as did Mtembu, and the best defensive team in the U21 competition so far had just leaked five tries and their unbeaten run was looking to be coming to an abrupt halt. WP managed a late try to get them into double figures, but a scoreboard of 41 – 14 was always going to look like a beating.


  • Richards, Mthembu, Cooper and the Cronjes were very impressive – watched the game this morning.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.10 14:53:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 1) :

    Guy has a good left foot on him hey? He got quite a few difficult penalties and conversions..

    Did you Ojiambo at all? Was he impressive?

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.10 14:56:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Cronjes distributed very well. We had quick ball out, and the backs were able to ask questions.

    We saw the same thing with Mcleod: he sometimes got dragged in, but it was cos of the high-paced game he played – which is why we could go through 10 phases almost at will.

    Ojiambo came on at lock in the last 10. Was powerful on defence, and made the running in the build-up to Mthembu’s try.

    An athlete like this guy is so rare: really hope they develop him well.

    Was called up to the SA Sevens squad but was ineligible due to still having Kenyan citizenship.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.10 15:04:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) :

    The cronje’s link up so well. its frightening how they know where the other is at all times.. despite the fact that Reinach was in superb form earlier in the season, Cronje at 9 was just awesome.

    Mtembu is a fantastic player as well. I like tis guy.. scores a lot of tries.

    Jenner, Lindeque and Richards is the future 12, 13, 14 for the Sharks.. I hope they continue to play together. Both on attack and defence they were very strong.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.10 15:08:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Well done to our U21’s a great win that 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.10 15:27:01 by Puma Reply

  • I must admit, Ross had an awesome game on Saturday. His distribution of the ball was quick and crisp. Well done to the entire team,

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.08.10 20:33:14 by Kaygee Reply

  • I agree, both Cronje brothers had a great game, and I can actually start to see what all the fuss has been made about. It would not be bad to see them pulled to the bench as 9/10 replacements for the Sharks soon. JLP and Bosman has only been contracted for a year and I think that’s a sign that the Sharks management wants to give these players a little longer to develop and hone there skills.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.08.10 08:43:36 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 7) :

    Are they ony contracted for a year? That must be some sort of positive sign towards the current U21’s.. hopefully they will start filtering into the Currie Cup squad next year..

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.08.10 08:48:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m also really impressed with Ojiambo and all three the centers that played on the day Dwayne Jenner, Piet Lindeque and Howard Mnisi are all quality players and I think they’ll make their way into the senior squad within a year or two.

    Mark Richards had a good game, but I actually believe Rosco Speckman id even better than he is, although he had a quite game this weekend, he is a strong player with a great sidestep and a real wing who reminds me a little of how Mvovo plays.

    Wynand Pienaar is also an excellent talent, if Ludick can’t play this weekend I wouldn’t mind seeing him get a run at the back at all.

    Willie du Plessis and Cobus Reinach are also two excellent players… if not at the Sharks, I think soon after they get involved in seniour rugby, we will here a lot more of them.

    Kyle Cooper…well, his future is here. I wan’t to see him get a lot of game time with the senior Sharks, soon. We better not let him go.

    Things are looking good in the Sharks talent pool.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.08.10 08:52:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : I know JLP only signed for a year, I’m not sure about Bosman, but I think he also just signed for a year. Maybe Rob can confirm for us…who can confirm for us???

    I would see it as a very big positive. With the talent coming through we should be contracting average players for any longer than a year. I’d much rather see a back-line of Cronje, Cronje, Lambie, Lindique, in a couple of years from now… than McLeod, JLP, Lambie, Bosman,

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.08.10 08:56:52 by Letgo Reply
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  • whats happening with our u/19`s? as far as i know we`ve got a pretty decent side but just not stringing the results yet? 😐

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.08.10 15:21:54 by VanWilder Reply


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