Juniors maintain winning momentum

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 12 Oct 2011 at 07:14
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Both the Sharks junior sides recorded impressive wins against the Leopards in Rustenburg over the weekend, with Sean Everitt’s side picking up a bonus point and thus holding on to third place on the competition log.

With the semi-final permutations still wide open at this stage, the Sharks under 21s needed to win well against the Leopards, but could be forgiven for being just a little complacent going into the game, given that they had scored 70 points against the same opposition in Durban 6 weeks back. With blindside flanker Brynard Stander leading the charge with a hat trick, the juniors scored six good tries, but ultimately missed the reliable goal-kicking boot of regular fullback Gouws Prinsloo. His stand-in, Jaco van Tonder, missed four conversion attempts and sensing the opportunity, the Leoaprds came back strongly late in the game. To their credit, the Sharks managed to hold on, going on to win by the slenderest of margins, 34-33. The other Sharks tries were scored by wing Kieran Goss (2) and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach.

The Sharks will need to beat the Lions this weekend to maintain third position and with Western Province set to record a run-away victory over the Valke, Sharks hope will rest on the Leopards doing the virtually unthinkable and upsetting the Blue Bulls at Loftus. That result, coupled with a good Sharks win, could catapult the latter into second position on the log – however, the more likely scenario sees a third-place finish and an away knock-out game against Province next weekend.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks under 19s recorded a 28-13 win over a Leopards side that beat them in the corresponding fixture earlier in the year, but were unable to secure the fourth try. Unfortunately out of the semi-final reckoning, the Sharks have been playing for pride the last few weeks and have now added a second major scalp after beating Western Province last week. They will face the Lions this weekend without skipper Allan Dell, though – the young prop picked up a knee injury that looks to have ended his season.

Tries for the under 19s were scored by scrumhalf Ivan Ludick, lock Stephan Lewies and replacement scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, with winger Siyabonga Tom contributing 13 points via two conversions and three penalties.


  • Well I’m expecting 2 super contests this weekend.
    The u21 teams are fairly evenly balanced and whoever brings it on Sat will most probably walk off with the spoils.
    Our u19s were bullied into submission by the monster sized Lions pack last time out. Since then they’ve hit a patch of good form, making a good come back in the 2nd half against the Bulls and backing that up with victories over the unpredictable Vrystaat, former pace-setters Province and a very competent Leopards outfit that actually won the 1st leg in Durban. So I guess key is this one is avoid the set pieces and keep the tempo high enough to get that big Lions pack doing a lot of extra running. If we can pull this one off it will be 5 ½ wins in a row incl the 2nd half at Loftus. Not a bad turnaround in fortunes for Strudwick’s team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.10.11 08:08:50 by beet Reply
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  • Really 🙁 to hear about Allan Dell’s injury.
    I hope it’s not too serious and he’s back on the park soon

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.10.11 08:09:26 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 2) : Grade 2 MCL, I’m told… so not bad enough to keep him out for long. He’ll be back with a bang early next year.

    Hoping Guy Alexander will take over the captaincy and follow in his uncle’s footsteps

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.10.11 08:11:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is Brynard Stander really off to the Bulls or was that wishful thinking from Muzi?

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.10.11 10:47:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Personally I believe that if a young guy like Brynard wants to pursue a pro rugby career in SA there are 2 routes to go and neither of them involves patiently waiting in Durban for an opportunity with the Sharks.
    1) He can throw his weight in with a smaller union like the Pumas or Leopards, come up against the big guns, get some TV exposure and hope to impress the decision-makers of the big unions. Guys like Riaan Viljoen, Michael Bondesio, Jacques Potgieter and Hendrik Roodt have got their careers back on track with the help of smaller unions.

    2) Join a Varsity Cup team, get some TV exposure and hope to impress a big union official or 2. It’s worked for DC, Fenton-Wells and Techlenburg.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.10.11 12:49:36 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) : Varsity Cup rugby will soon be in Durban…so there will be a big incentive for guys to stick around.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.11 12:59:01 by SheldonK Reply

  • @beet (Comment 5) : DC?

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.10.11 13:05:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : will it? What do you know that I don’t?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.11 13:05:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) : So that’s a nay on a possible move to the Bulls?

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.11 13:12:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 1) : i hope so – i hope the Lions can field their best side – it looked like a war zone at the end of the win against WP last saturday – the whole subs bench was on and ruan Combrinck was hobbling about on the wing with a strapped up ankle – he is definately out this weekend. Sebastian de Chaves is also out and quite a few others are doubtful – I’m sure the temptation will be to manage those carrying injuries for the semis. From the lions pt of view a win will not get them a home semi so they will play either WP or the Bulls away.
    Big plus is that Ruan Dreyer is back at tighthead and making an impact while hopefully keeping his discipline in check.
    Garth April who has been out all season is also apparently back in the mix.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.11 13:20:49 by steve Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : If he goes to Pretoria, it shd be a “Tuks of niks” move.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.10.11 13:31:33 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 11) : how many more players can Tuks possibly sign, though?

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.10.11 13:32:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Daniel Carterikilis :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.10.11 13:33:39 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I’m not saying he shd go there, just rather go there to be in the VC team than for a low level Bulls deal.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.10.11 13:35:19 by beet Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 10) : I’m disappointed that Ruan is out.

    Will look forward to our 10-12-13 combo taking on Hein-Rob-Wandile. Hopefully they’re fit and really to go.

    Who wud you rather play in the semis : the Bulls at Loftus or WP down at Newlands?

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.10.11 13:38:43 by beet Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Demetri Catrakilis ❗

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.10.11 13:49:41 by wpw Reply
  • @beet (Comment 15) : Should know this afternoon who will be able to play or not – Rob went off in the last ten mins so as much as he wants to play i dont know how wise it will be.
    Ruan has had a good season since moving up and settling in – he got the Lions U21 backline player of the year award on monday night – so he will be missed but andries Coetzee is an able replacement.
    I think they would probably rather play WP if only because they have just beaten them and really should have won when they lost by 1pt in cape town earlier.
    I think any of these sides can beat each other on the day, home or away, especially if they are at full strength.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.10.11 13:50:39 by steve Reply

  • @beet (Comment 13) :

    Next time I’ll first hit the refressh knopie! 🙄 😐

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.10.11 13:53:29 by wpw Reply
  • @beet (Comment 15) : I know the question is not aimed at me but I hope they get the Bulls. They need to get into the habit of beating the Bulls in crunch matches as early in their careers as possible.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.10.11 13:58:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) :what for? 2 support players arriving at the breakdown is better than 1! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.10.11 14:01:20 by beet Reply
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  • Hey Steve

    Who do you think, youngsters wise, are likely to be used by John Mitchell in the Lions team soon? Have seen Mjekevu a bit and he looks a pretty good player and stepper, whilst Combrinck i have seen since schooldays and is very impressive. Any others you think?

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.10.11 14:11:54 by Pat Reply

  • @beet (Comment 15) : That said this Lions group beat the Bulls in the semi at loftus when they were U19 in 2009 so they have a bit of history. 😉
    If you reacall that year OFS who finished 4th beat WP at Newlands and went on to win the final.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.10.11 14:15:38 by steve Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 21) : It will be interesting – remeber guys like jaco Taute (U20) and elton jantjies are both still U21 so he is not afraid to pull youngsters up if he thinks that they can cut it.
    In the U21’s;
    Ruan Combrinck was on standby to play a week or so ago when Killian was in doubt. He won U21 backline player of the year for 2011.
    Wandile Mjekevu has already played a season of Super rugby.
    Hein Cronje was on the bench for the Currie Cup side earlier in the season.
    Bredenhann the scrumhalf, who played junior rep rugby in Australia is highly rated at the Lions.
    Robbie de Bruyn – who has been captaining the side – Beet will tell you that i am biased – is the u21 player of the year this year and is still u20.
    in the forwards the whole front row played SA u20 in 2010 along with lock sebastian de Chaves but tight forwards generally take a bit longer to come through.
    flanker Rinus Riekert and centre Divan Ferguson who have been out all season are also definitely in the mix.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.10.11 14:33:28 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 23) : That youngster Robert de Bruyn of Michaelhouse fame is a standout yet underrated player and the only issue I have is that his father doesn’t give him enough credit.

    Jokes Steve. That’s a great achievement by Robert. 2 awards in 2 seasons. A Union can’t ask for too much more from a promising junior player. Well done.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.10.11 14:43:29 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 24) : I’m slowly putting 2+2 together here… safe to assume Steve is RdB’s dad?

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.10.11 14:56:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : 100% Rob. They’ve had some strong teams over the many years but even still between 2007-09 was as good as it gets for any MHS parent.

    Coz of that movie Spud, MHS are oversubscribed by some crazy figure for 2012. The last I heard was 700 applications. So I expect some strong star-studded teams to start coming out of Balgowan from about 2015 again.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.10.11 15:10:34 by beet Reply
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  • Next week francois venter…arno botha..cj stander and fouche should join the bulls under 21 side i doubt any coach will want to go to loftus for a semi final.

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.10.11 15:32:30 by Muzi Reply

  • I must admit the bulls miss Nico Serfontein big time.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.10.11 15:33:41 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 27) : surely that’s wrong… I mean, even if eligible age-wise, a player must surely not be allowed to come down from a higher competition without having played a number of qualifying games?

    Although I spose we could pull the same trick and send Marcell and Sbu down to play u21s in the semis…Even Lambie! wouldn’t feel right, though.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.10.11 15:37:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :
    Nope they are all under 21 :mrgreen: so they can jol next week stander..van den heever and rossouw de klerk did the exact samethig ;last year in the final.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.10.11 15:44:11 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 30) : read my whole comment… I know they are u21. I am arguing that they should not be allowed to play. For the same reason that you can’t just stuff your Vodacom Cup side full of Super Rugby players when the semis come around.

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.10.11 15:47:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : I don’t think Arno, Frans and Louis wud have a problem for a minimum games criteria if it’s set at a reasonable no. like 4. However Stander hasn’t played u21 rugby at all this season.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.10.11 16:31:26 by beet Reply
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  • Thanks Steve

    I think the Lions youth are probably quite lucky to be there, I sense they will get oppportunities as long as they are performing and show the potential. I think Mitchell has decided to use the Currie Cup to get a nucleus of a squad built for future campaigns (particularly S15). Certainly nice to see Taute and Jantjies both coming through so far. It is great to see a young flyhalf taking the ball so flat but at the same time vary the game with kicking etc when necessary. That i think is the missing ingredient in the Bok team!

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.10.11 18:19:57 by Pat Reply

  • @beet (Comment 24) : cheers 😉

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.10.11 08:53:20 by steve Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 28) : and the lions will miss him next year – he has done great work with the vodacom cup side and the junior structures.

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.10.11 08:56:12 by steve Reply

  • @beet (Comment 32) : Not saying CJ is a bad player but I do think that he is overated. It is just my view but I think that both Arno Botha and Jonno Ross are better.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.10.11 08:59:56 by steve Reply

  • @Pat (Comment 33) : I think that Carlos Spencer has had a major influence on elton’s development. When he was playing for the U21’s in 2009 he was largely a kicking flyhalf who took the ball well back from the advantage line. he has shown he clearly has the skills to take the ball flat and IMO is a much improved player. That is coaching and also game plan I guess. All of the Lions sides are trying to play expansive high paced games and it seems to be paying off – particularly with the senior side.

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.10.11 09:07:46 by steve Reply


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