Sharks U21’s claim third spot

Written by beet bailey (beet)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Aug 2011 at 14:13
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The Sharks under 21 team beat their Lions counterparts 24-18 with an exciting come from behind finish. The win not only prevented a Lions’ clean-sweep of the 3 matches at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday but also enabled the Durban based team to leapfrog their Jozi rivals on the under 21 log, moving them into 3rd spot with 20 points at the halfway stage of this year’s completion.

Both teams struggled to achieve continuity for the best part of 80 minutes but the closeness of the game coupled with 4 really good tries provided early arrivers at the ground with first-rate entertainment. For visiting fans there was the added bonus of the Sharks saving the best for last as they proved just how good a side they are when they get the chemistry right.

Sharks openside flank Frans Kleinhans got over for the first try. Having received the ball in a wide position, the former Glenwood boy chose an angled route towards the corner flag before cutting back and showing tremendous strength to stay on his feet through two tackles.

The Lions responded almost immediately with a try of their own by fullback Ruan Combrinck. Combrinck, who had once formed part of the deadly Michaelhouse 2008 backline, joined the line while moving at full tilt and his pace proved to be too much to handle for no fewer than five would-be tacklers.

The halftime score of 11-11 was a fair reflection of the way the things had panned out. Points with the boot had been added by Marlow alumni Gouws Prinsloo of the Sharks and the Lions’ flyhalf Hein Cronje.

Shortly after the break, Cronje scored a decisive try. The stocky standoff ran strongly onto a ball distributed quickly from a lineout on the Sharks 22m line. He spotted an opening near the tail of the lineout and ran the perfect line, dissect defenders on either side of him. His conversion proved to be the last of the Lions points for the remaining 35 minutes.

In the 53rd minute, the Sharks turned to their bench for the first round of tactical changes that were to hand them the ascendency and shape the outcome of the match. Two of substitutes called into early action were Westville Old Boy Monde Hadebe who made his presence felt immediately and arguably the best player on the ground in this year’s competition – Chris Cloete, a product of Selborne College.

However despite their ever growing domination, the Sharks could do no better than to narrow the gap to 18-14, compliments of another Prinsloo penalty.

A thrilling 6-minute period near the death, had the Sharks camping in the red zone without being able to crack the Lions’ resolute defensive structures. By this stage an unsung hero of their 2011 campaign to date had entered the fray. Brynard Stander, another product of Westville Boys High, is yet to give anything less than a 100% effort this year and it was the third of his powerful line busts that eventually broke the camel’s back. The go-forward generated from Stander’s 15-metre carry, presented an opportunity for Cloete to pick and drive the recycled ball over the line for the winning try.

Prinsloo added the conversion and another penalty to put the result beyond doubt at 24-18. The in-form fullback enjoyed another afternoon containing several “wow” moments. There is a lot of pleasure to be derived from seeing him in a black and white jersey, however his wonderful all-round ability no doubt places him high up on the wishlists of other unions and so the fear has to also be growing that if he is not offered a more ambitious outlook by the Sharks, he will be lured away to a perceived greener pasture.

The win away from home was an outstanding result for the Sharks under 21 team and if they can click like they did towards the end of this match from the get-go next week at Loftus, there is no reason why they cannot make it 2 from 2 at altitude.

The current standings are 1.Western Province (28), 2.Blue Bulls (25), 3.Sharks (20), 4.Lions (18)


  • Here are the tries from the game.
    By mistake the Paul Jordaan try from a few weeks back was uploaded as well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.08.11 07:01:44 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 1) :

    Like what the Sharks are doing with Jordaan. It can be difficult not to rush a player into senior rugby when you’re struggling in a position, but I’d rather see the Sharks struggle there for another season then rush Jordaan through and possibly shatter his confidence. It can change a players approach to the game completely. Just not worth the risk.

    His true test will be in the Junior World Champs, where he’ll replace Francois Venter at 12 probably. Will be interesting to see who his centre partner will be in U20 side.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.08.11 08:05:02 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 1) : Whew! as expected a tight physical contest. Well done to the Sharks U21s. I thought the Lions defended well when they were under pressure for a large part of the second half. Their scrum struggled without Ruan Dreyer at tighthead.
    Combrinck’s try was an impressive solo effort that reminded me of one he scored against hilton in ’07 or ’08. He played 1st XV at Michaelhouse in both years playing mostly on the wing with Pat Lambie at fullback.

    In 2007 the back three was Lambie, Combrinck and Mark Richards. Combrinck and Richards both missed out on Craven week that year going to the Academy week instead – they were the only two members of the MHS backline not to be chosen. Combrinck was fortunately able to go to Craven Week in 2008 when Awande Khumalo (who also played CW) replaced Mark Richards in the back three.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.08.11 08:17:51 by steve Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 2) : Assuming that there is consultation and continuity amongst the various Sharks teams I dont think that Jordaan is even a slight thought as a centre for the senior side, I say this because since the Province game he is being used exclusively as a flyhalf.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.08.11 08:42:15 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) :

    True. Hope that’s not the case. Obviously has the skill set to play there but also the running skills of someone who can be playing 12, or 13 at a push. Would rather see him specialise at 12, where creativity, and his reasonable size comes into play.

    Besides, isn’t Zeilinga supposed to be the new wonderboy at 10? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.08.11 09:00:41 by hendrikp Reply

  • Crikey!! That Combrink fullback bounced 3 guys on his way to the tryline! We need a guy who can hand off like that… bring him home…

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.08.11 09:03:36 by CapeShark Reply
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  • man Gouws Prinsloo can kick !!!! 😯

    @CapeShark (Comment 6) :

    Well trade you Combrink for Prinsloo :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.08.11 09:09:37 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Must say what jumps out at me from that video is the poor defensive standards of both teams.
    Fullback handing off 4 players in a row, flyhalf beating three defenders with a dummy, last try where the guy basically barreled over the line with another guy on his back. I guess that’s where the difference between junior and senior rugby is. Those who can defend well are more likely to make the step up.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.08.11 09:10:38 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : How are you finding life in Durban after being in Cape Town?

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.08.11 09:10:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) : “Assuming that there is consultation and continuity amongst the various Sharks teams…”

    That’s a BIG assumption… 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.08.11 09:11:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 7) :
    Any news on a citing for that Dylan Petersen hothead.
    Lions should drop him for the rest of the season. Fool.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.08.11 09:12:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : Life is way more chilled on the East Coast. Maybe not as trendy, but you can’t spend your entire life being a poseur :mrgreen:
    Durban people are the nicest bunch. Good to be back in Shark waters…

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.08.11 09:14:03 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 10) :
    Did you see that post and link I made the other day regarding the SA airforce and the Warsaw uprising. I didnt see you on that thread afterwards.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.08.11 09:15:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 12) : Thats what I wanted to hear. 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.08.11 09:16:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : I did, thanks. Been away for a few days, and without a decent internet connection, so have not had time to read it yet. Will do today though.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.08.11 09:18:19 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : Jean Cook stood on 2 Bulls players heads. Didn’t get a red card for either offence and played the next weekend. So I wudn’t hold out for anything.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.08.11 09:58:19 by beet Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 3) : I thought the quality cud have been better at times but I enjoyed the game. Loved the finish. I never thought we’d get there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.08.11 10:01:38 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 16) : That sucks. Even if SARU dont do anything one would expect their unions to make a visible stand.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.08.11 10:02:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Westville Boys High are producing the goods 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.08.11 10:10:30 by Mocho Reply


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