Narrow loss for under 19s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Aug 2012 at 11:54
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The Sharks under 19 side unfortunately lost to their Lions counterpart by an agonising one-point margin, at Kings Park on Friday afternoon. Rob du Preez’s side scrapped hard to the death, but ultimately went down 28-29.

A superb start saw du Preez, playing at flyhalf, score virtually from the kick-off. He missed the conversion, but the more important aspect was to note that for the first time this season, the flyhalf assumed the mantle of first-choice goal-kicker, a task that has been performed by scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer thus far in the campaign. The Lions struck back with a try of their own shortly afterwards and with du Preez and Lions fullback Johannes Deale things appeared reasonably even.

Lions right winger PJ Walters, tough, broke the deadlock in scoring his second just before half time, allowing the visitors to head into the shed holding a 17-11 advantage.

Debutant Matty Phillips got the Sharks back in front when he scored after the break, before a bout of serious indiscipline saw the Sharks concede three penalties (along with a yellow card for prop Nic Roebeck) and lose the lead as a result. Once again, it was the deadly boot of Deale that kept the scoreboard moving, resulting in an 8-point lead for his side (29-21) with play all-but done. Replacement centre Brendon Cope got one back for the Sharks, going over for the third try at the death, but it was, alas, too little too late.

The Sharks under 19s are now in joint-second position on the log, but will have their hands full when they play Western Province at Newlands this weekend.

Sharks (28): Tries du Preez, Phillips, Cope. Conversions: du Preez (2). Penalites: du Preez (3).
Lions (29): Tries Walters (2). Conversions: Deale (2). Penalites: Deale (5).

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