Swimming with Sharks

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, School Rugby, Sharks on 5 Jun 2012 at 09:09
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Probably the biggest schools rugby game in Port Elizabeth last weekend was the derby match between the visitors from St Andrews in Grahamstown and Grey PE.

Not how I would normally spend my Saturday afternoon (watching schoolboy rugby), but I was told that there could be a potential Shark in the making .

I am pleased to report that schoolboy rugby in the Eastern Cape is still being played in high spirit and traditional rugby playing schools still support their teams with songs and war cries, oh yes and also the old boys chirping from the side line and letting everyone know what happened when they played five – six years ago.

It would probably be unfair to rate these two teams on just one game, but from kick off Grey just looked a better side, with some big boys among the forwards and a few solid back line players.

Grey scored most of their points in the 1st half playing with a slight breeze from behind and the sun directly in the eyes of the St Andrews boys causing trouble at times.

It was a game of two halves with Grey dominating in the 1st 40 and St Andrews only really coming to the party in the second, after a long chat at the break by their coaches. St Andrews did score the try of the day in my opinion, with a classic blind side 8, 9, 14 move with the fullback joining the line and eventually drawing the Grey fullback to pass back inside to the wing to finish off the move.

On the day the boys from Grey, currently 12th on the FNB Top 20 list, were just a bit too strong for the boys from St Andrews beating them 35-16.

Last 3 results between these two sides:

2010 SAC 20 – Grey 13
2011 SAC 16 – Grey 38
2012 SAC 16 – Grey 35

Another reason for spending the afternoon at Grey was to watch a young lad who is joining the Sharks Academy next year, Justin Ferrant. With not too many opportunities on the day, Justin’s distribution to his backline was crisp and one or two well placed territorial kicks from behind the ruck.

I am confident in Justin joining the Sharks Academy – it’s a step in the right direction, as he is pursuing his dream to play for the Sharks one day, and to follow in the footsteps of so many Eastern Cape boytjies before him of which most recent and worth a mention, Tim Whitehead (Grey PE).

All the best to Justin and his future plans.

Full Name: Justin Jean Ferrant
Age: 18
School: St Andrews College
Position: Scrumhalf (9)
Favorite team: Sharks
Favorite rugby player: Will Genia
Reasons for going to the Sharks Academy: The reason why I am keen to sign up at the Sharks Academy is because it is a rugby academy of excellence , I am keen to play serious rugby in the future and I believe the Sharks Academy will give me the training I need, I am a passionate Sharks supporter and I want to go where my loyalties lie. I admire the rugby players the Sharks Academy produces, I want to be one of those rugby players.


  • Lets hope Justin is a good rugby player because there sure is nothing wrong with his attitude and outlook the hunger is there.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.06.12 10:20:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Some depth at scrumhalf will be nice.

    I am happy to see youngsters still believe in the academy, I was worried that the Varsity Cup would make the academy redundant.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.06.12 10:33:05 by Orelando_G Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 2) : One thing about the Varsity Cup is that it comes with a bang at the very beginning of the season and before you can wipe your eyes out its over again.
    Also I thought that a lot of the games were less well supported this year – I have no proof of this and its just my perception.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.06.12 10:38:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • That’s true. I enjoy the Varsity Cup but have been worried about it’s effect on the Sharks. To me someone leaving matric might prefer to go to a rugby playing Varsity to get exposure in the Varsity Cup and then stay on in the respective union.

    KZN does not have an institution like this so I am worried that we will battle to attract talent. Sharks Academy has done this well in the past and I hope it can continue to do so.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.06.12 10:49:00 by Orelando_G Reply

  • Any idea on what the Glenwood scrummie’s future plans are? (Sorry, forgot his name)

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.06.12 11:06:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • All the best Justin – chase your dreams!

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.06.12 12:37:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • What do you guys make of Kearsney College’s performance on the weekend?:)

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.06.12 13:53:37 by KC_Sharks Reply

  • @KC_Sharks (Comment 7) : 😈 or Pietermaritzburg College’s lack of any performance?

    Two huge disapointments in two hours! 😥 But well done to Kearsney they certainly turned up!

    Where is Beet? I was talking to Stefan Ungerers’ parents on Saturday, he has made the U19 squad for the Sharks.

    And also please explain, why the Bulls are in KZN signing all our talent while it seems our esteemed Sharks scouts prefer being in other provinces to sign talent? It seems that both Kriels have signed with Bulls and Stefan had signed with Bulls because the Sharks only made him an offer as he was about to leave!

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.06.12 14:54:58 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • You have to give the sharks talent scouts credit on signing sandile kubeka tho:) beat province to it by an hour

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.06.12 16:13:23 by KC_Sharks Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 8) : people are already complaining that all the talented Sharks don’t get a chance…rather let them get a chance somewhere! One can only sign SO many that will make it through the ranks..

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.06.12 20:17:01 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 10) : Ice I agree with you on that, my point though is that most of the players the Sharks scouts are signing are from outside the Province, now we have our own heap of talent, such as the Stefan Ungerers and Kriels why not start signing them first before or rather then our mates across Villiers’ Pass?

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.06.12 10:09:40 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @KC_Sharks (Comment 9) : that is excellent to hear KC_Sharks!

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.06.12 10:14:24 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Sorry I’m new to this website, I haven’t quite figured out how to reply to people individually, but I do know the bulls union approached about 5 or 6 boys 3 years ago when they were in grade 9 and offered them contracts that long ago… Now those boys are playing for Kearsneys first team! Its just worrying though that the bulls talent scouts spot the talent long before the sharks do

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.06.12 18:45:25 by KC_Sharks Reply


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