Return to winning ways for junior sides

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 26 Jul 2011 at 09:19
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The Sharks under 21 team got their 2011 campaign back on track in emphatic style as they recorded a crushing 68-23 win over the Valke in Brakpan on Saturday afternoon. Coach Sean Everitt’s charges succumbed to a 6-point loss against the Blue Bulls in week 1, despite having more than enough opportunities to close out that game.

The goal going into this second round game was to iron out all the small errors in execution that had cost the team victory against the Bulls and the ten tries to two victory would suggest that, to an extent, that goal was achieved, even though the opposition was undoubtedly of poorer quality than what lies in wait. Captain Shaun Malton, in typically succinct fashion, declared himself reasonably happy, saying that the team “played well, but [there were] too many unforced errors”.

Right wing Jaco van Tonder opened the scoring for the Sharks under 21s with a try as early as the seventh minute. Gouws Prinsloo’s first of nine successful conversions followed and further tries to left wing Nico van der Westhuizen, number 8 Tera Mtembu, hooker Malton, replacement hooker Monde Hadebe (on a loose forward substitue) and flanker Brynard Stander saw the visitors take a healthy 42-16 lead at the break. Mtembu added a second after the break, along with fullback Prinsloo, flyhalf Willie du Plessis and replacement wing Kieran Goss.

Meanwhile, down in a wet and blustery Geroge, the Sharks under 19 side ran in five tries to defeat the SWD Eagles 34-3 in a game where conditions made handling difficult. In a performance described by coach Ryan Strudwick as “messy, yet efective”, the Sharks achieved their primary goal of securing five log points, as well as starting to play together more effectively as a team, after their opening round loss to the Bulls was marked by a lack of synergy and too much individualistic play.

Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga opened the scoring with a penalty, with inside centre Paul Jordaan and flanker Alwyn Janse van Vuuran scoring tries to give the Sharks a 15-3 lead at half time. Zeilinga himself scored shortly after the break, before captain Allan Dell, playing at loosehead prop, crashed over for one of his own. Replacement loose forward Jason Klaasen scored the fifth, with Jordaan himself adding the conversion to finish the scoring.

“It was a large improvement from the previous game,” said Dell afterwards. “At the breakdown, we committed more players, although it was very difficult to maintain good phases with the conditions. It was a better game all-round, but there are still a lot of things to work on, which is perfect because we can still improve a great deal more. We’re getting better each week; we are running our structures better, but the best thing is that we are starting to play better as a team.”

Both the under 19s and under 21s take on the Free State Cheetahs at Kings Park this weekend. Be sure to get out there and support the future of Sharks rugby.


  • Well done to our juniors.

    I watched both Freestate games. Our u19s will have their work cut out for them. Our u21s should win but Vrystaat were definitely better than their final score vs the Bulls suggests (they had a red card)

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.07.11 10:34:38 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 1) : my take is that so many of the best Free State under 21 players are with the seniors that they’ll have a tough time?

    Then again, if Fred is ruled out, our boys might have to replace Heimar. Not even sure who the next-best 12 is… Jared Meyer?

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.07.11 13:00:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done Sharkies and good luck for the next game.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.07.11 13:46:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I think we might see Kayde Fisher move into 12???

    I thought Vrystaat u21 would be one of the favourites to win the u21 before the compo got underway. Like their u19 team they seemed unprepared for the home first round against the Leopards but against the Bulls at Loftus, both teams did reasonably well.

    Their u19 were a lot more competitive (and innovative) than we were against the Bulls. Their u21 had Jean Cook sinbinned for rucking but they seemed to be gaining momentum and coming back into the match. However after he was carded a second time for raking a guy on the head,that spelt the end of their game and they fell to pieces. They did seem to like running the ball from way behind the gainline, which is effective at times but not all the time. Their lineouts were also pretty poor. As for how Cook landed a place in the u20 JWC squad as a lock I don’t know. He was a flank but as a lock his lineout leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.07.11 15:14:10 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : I quite like Cookie… hard, honest player, but I agree that he’s far better at flank than at lock.

    Who else do they have?

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.11 15:21:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : They have decent props and Brendon Groenewald of Glenwood fame (played in KZN schools in year Marcell C wasn’t picked). Franna du Toit, the wing Jamba, Robbie van Schalkwyk and Riaan Britz. Useful backs but their lineout was shocking.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.11 16:55:21 by beet Reply
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  • jean cook was born in pmb.think he is only 1.94m though-bit short for a lock.seems like our players might be getting smaller?

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.11 22:12:13 by bergshark Reply


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