Richard Ferguson

Sharks U21’s comprehensively outplay Cheetahs

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Jul 2011 at 14:47
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The Sharks U21 team overcame strong opposition in the Cheetahs team to record their second victory of the campaign, beating them 43 – 6 in the curtain raiser to the main game.

The Sharks scored two tries in the first half, first finished by Jaco van Tonder after a brilliant build up on the counter attack, and the second coming through the other winger Nico van der Westhuizen finishing off another break away try on the counter.

Both tries came through counter attacks from within their own half, even though the Sharks had vast amounts of possession in the Cheetahs half without making it count on the score board.

Fred Zeilinga had a good game, creating massive amounts of space for the centre pairing of Heimar Williams and Piet Lindeque, both of which initiated the breaks which lead to the tries being scored.

The second brought little excitement in the first half hour, until the Sharks finally managed to cross the chalk and score through scrumhalf Peter du Toit. That opened the floodgates with Paul Jordaan, Lubabalo Mtembu and Nick Schonert scoring tries in the final 5 minutes to secure a six try to nothing victory over the men from Bloemfontein.

The Sharks can take heart from the fact that they dominated big chunks of the game, and even though they might not have scored from all their opportunities, they still put away a strong team.

The backline was immense on the day, with the centres creating many opportunities and the wings having the speed to finish off. The forwards did a good job and even though they were put under pressure at scrum time, they came through that, hopefully something they will work on.


Tries: Peter du Toit, Paul Jordaan, Lubabalo Mtembu, Nick Schonert, Nico van der Westhuizen, Jaco van Tonder
Conversions: Prinsloo (5)
Penalties: Prinsloo (1)

Penalties: du Toit (1), Scheepers (1)


  • well done bous

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.07.11 14:53:26 by RuckingFun Reply
  • boys

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.11 14:53:45 by RuckingFun Reply
  • Some fine skills shown by players.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.07.11 14:58:02 by bergshark Reply
  • They took me quite by surprise. Expected heavier opposition from the Cheetahs, but none the less. I think Zeilinga, Williams, Lindeque and Prinsloo were the stand out performers among the backs. As well as Jaco v Tonder. Think the scrummie (du Toit) appeared slow at times and didnt provide good service from the break downs. The forwards as a pack was excellent. Mtembu was quiet, but got a trademark Skinstad-style try in the end. Highly entertaining game

    The seniors though played like the Cheetahs played in the 1st halve. Had me up in arms and nervous towards the end. Job done in the end

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.07.11 17:06:49 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • U21 results Saturday, July 30 2011
    Lions 95 – 0 Leopards
    Sharks 43 – 6 Free State
    Western Province 28 – 22 Blue Bulls

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.07.11 17:32:48 by steve Reply
  • These guys played really well!!

    They showed great heart and it was a joy to watch them!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.07.11 20:44:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Would like to see some of these guys get a few cc senior caps this season(and don’t mean the odd minute here and there,but some quality time on the field).

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.07.11 00:35:53 by bergshark Reply

  • Prinsloo was a constant threat with ball in hand and attacking the he is a goalkicker.sharks should perhaps send him over to iranz.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.07.11 00:48:16 by bergshark Reply

  • Good thing about this team is that it seems as if quite a fair number of guys will still be eligible for u21 next season-but I’m hoping that by then,some of them will have had some cc senior experience.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.07.11 00:55:12 by bergshark Reply

  • Three Westville Boys in the U21 team. Awesome Stuff.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.07.11 07:41:31 by Mocho Reply

  • Sharks U21 go top of the log.

    Sharks 3 2 11
    Lions 2 2 10
    WP 2 2 10
    Bulls 3 2 10
    Leopds 3 1 4
    OFS 3 0 2
    Valke 2 0 0

    U21’s have a bye next week and play WP at Newlands the following friday. It is early days but it appears that the Leopards, OFS and Valke are going to struggle. The Lions face their first real test next weekend against the Bulls at Loftus. They have only played the Valke and Leopards (one would have expected more of the Leopards after they beat the OFS in Bloem two weeks ago) but they have managed to score 26 tries while conceding only a solitary 3 points in their 2 games so far.

    Interesting point is that the OFS won the U19 CC in 2009 beating the Lions in the final. I wonder what has happened to this group who now should form the core of their 2011 U21 side?

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.07.11 11:55:51 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 11) : It pretty much looks like the same Vrystaat team that won the 2009 u19. At the start of the season I had them down as joint favourites with WP. One issue seems to be not enough players from the 2010 u19 coming thru for them. The biggest problem last week and again yesterday is their concentration and desire in the last quarter of the game – shocking. Maybe fitness is an issue. The red card vs the Bulls didn’t help their cause either. If they finished the games better against the Bulls and Sharks they might have been in with a chance to win both.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.07.11 12:23:31 by beet Reply
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  • Well done to the Sharks u21 team. A good result. 🙂

    My feeling is there were some good individual performances but not a strong enough team performance. The pace-setters in this age group are WP and the Bulls so our guys need to lift our game to a standard that puts us in a position to wrestle a semi-final berth away from one of those 2 teams.

    Gouws Prinsloo is in very good form at the moment. He’s timing everything to perfection.
    Pieter du Toit at 9 is a blessing in disguise. Whoever recruited him did a good job.
    My 2 favourite players from yesterday were Chris Cloete and Brynard Stander. I thought they played really well.
    My favourite moment was Paul Jordaan’s first touch.Let this youngster run onto a ball at pace with a inch of space and he’s potential the next Johann Sadie to come thru in the juniors. His awesome try showed this. The lines, the speed, the shifting in direction – all top drawer stuff. Trying to use him as a crashball specialist is a complete waste of time.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.07.11 12:32:49 by beet Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 7) : Bergshark one of the most impressive players at the moment is Tshotsho Mbovane. He’s playing right wing and I think this is his position for the future not centre. He reminds me of Lelia Masaga. Low centre of gravity and strong for a small guy. It’s well known now but his step (off both feet) is still a sight for sore eyes imho. His workrate is also very high.
    I hope WP bump him up to the seniors altho that will be difficult judging by the form of their 2 CC wings.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.07.11 12:38:11 by beet Reply
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  • A very enjoyable game and a much improved performance. This side will be HTB and looking forward to the wp encounter. Sharks future looks healthy with some great up coming talent. Really enjoyed prinsloo’s play at fb …thats how to do it! Attack with the line …impressive.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.08.11 00:43:55 by AlterEgo Reply

  • @beet (Comment 12) : We will have a better idea after next weekend but from what I have seen so far this years Lions U21 side are going to be difficult to beat, particularly when they are at full strength.

    Nico Serfontein and his team have done a good job paticularly on fitness and defense. I know comparisons based on games against common opponents dont mean much, but their demolition of the Leopards on Saturday was much more clinical and emphatic than WP were against the same opponent the week before. It literally looked like the proverbial boys against men! They were 57-0 up after 40mins playing with a makeshift backline missing arguably 3 first choice starters, but what was more impressive was how they maintained their defensive structure for the full 80mins, as they had against the Valke.
    The Bulls at Loftus will be their first real test next weekend.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.11 08:18:12 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 16) : Yikes Steve. I forgot all about the Lions. My bad. Agree with you about common opponent comparisons but that said there is enough to suggest that taming the Lions u21s is as crucial to obtaining a home semi as overcoming the Bulls or WP, perhaps even more vital.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.11 08:25:45 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 17) : Injuries and squad depth in key positions like 9 & 10 and the front row will, as usual, have a major influence. IMO this is an area where WP and the Bulls have been better than most in the past.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.11 09:03:07 by steve Reply

  • @beet:(comment14):thanks for the info on mbovane 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.08.11 12:11:18 by bergshark Reply


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