Under 21s defy the odds

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 22 Oct 2011 at 10:21
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Sean Everitt and his Sharks under 21 side turned the tables on their more-fancied Western Province opponents for the second time this season, prevailing in last night’s semi-final to claim a place in the final next week.

In an untelevised match at Florida Park in Ravensmead, Cape Town, last night Monde Hadebe’s boys prevailed 19-12 over their hosts, in a match which the skipper described as “ugly”. Hadebe went on to say that it took “big balls” from the Sharks to pull through.

A yellow card to WP wunderkind JP du Plessis on 27 minutes proved the undoing of his side, as the Sharks went on to overturn a 3-9 deficit, scoring the match’s only try through Sibusiso Sithole, while the right wing was off the field. Gouws Prinsloo’s conversion gave the visitors a 10-9 lead at the break. All of Province’s points in the half came via the boot of flyhalf Kurt Coleman.

The second half belonged to the Sharks, with three further penalties to Prinsloo eclipsing the solitary three points that Coleman managed to add to Province’s total in the second 40.

The Sharks will now play the Blue Bulls in next Saturday’s final, which will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Currie Cup Final proper, wherever that may take place.

Scores: WP (12). Penalties : Kurt Colemn (4)
Sharks (19). Try: Sibusiso Sithole. Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo. Penalties: Prinsloo (4)


  • I think Sean Everitt is a good coach . Hope these youngsters get a chance sooner than later and dont pull a watermeyer on us…

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.10.11 10:34:24 by Talent Reply
  • Well done Baby Sharks!

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.10.11 10:42:54 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Jeepers but I’m stoked for these kids… And for Sean who is a superb coach and surely deserves higher honours!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.10.11 10:56:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Awesome news!

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.10.11 00:48:26 by Letgo Reply
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  • This will also be the curtain raiser for the Final, so Sharks fans going to Ellis Park on Saturday should show up early and show some support for the junior team!

    I’m driving down with my sister to watch the game. I haven’t watched a game at Ellis park in a while now. Last one I remember was a game we won in the rain. We got soaked.

    I hope there’s lots of Sharks support.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.11 08:00:59 by Letgo Reply
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  • Well done to the Sharks u21 team. They have certainly come a long way. It was no mean feat defeating WP away from home. Hats off to the players and the coach.
    If one had to look back at the 2009 under-19 season and couple that with the start to the 2010 under-19 season, there was enough evidence there to suggest that this team should have struggled to keep up with the pack. So an appropriate title by Rob, it was a true defiance of the odds.
    In light of this, I think praise must also be given to those with vision at the Sharks who were responsible for recruiting these youngsters, not just on the basis of what they offered back then but for being able to correctly assess their future potential. Also well done to the coaches who along the way were responsible for moulding our u21 team into the winners they now are, capable of playing a brand of skilful and exciting rugby.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.11 08:30:37 by beet Reply
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  • Gouws Prinsloo
    This has been a different kind of a season in many respects so I’m not sure what criteria SARU will adopt when determining the u21 player of the year.

    If the award is to be restricted to a player that excelled in the u21 competition, I can think think of a handful of worthy recipients but none more worthy than our own fullback Gouws Prinsloo, who despite not being a big name player coming out of high school, has been testimony to the tremendous amount of talent we have in this country and has produced consistently outstanding performances throughout this season.

    Well done Gouws!

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.11 08:31:05 by beet Reply
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  • Its an awesome achievement by the u21s…hope they give a good account of themselves in the final. The sad truth is that besides those that are still u21 next year, I cant see many others getting senior contracts at the Sharks as there are a lot of senior players still around at the Sharks, especially when the Boks are around.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.11 09:39:42 by SheldonK Reply

  • Congrats to the U21’s! Great achievement!

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.11 09:53:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Huge congrats boys.
    Really stoked for this side.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.11 10:35:33 by John Galt Reply

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  • Great result, well done.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.11 14:46:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Well done young guns! So will the final be at Coca Cola park now?

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.11 15:27:04 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : it will be, yes.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.11 15:36:12 by robdylan Reply
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