Richard Ferguson

Sharks U21 remain unbeaten


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Aug 2012 at 09:12
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The Sharks U21’s continued their good start to the Currie Cup season, beating the Lions in their third match of the campaign, by 19 – 15 on Friday evening. It seems to be a recurring pattern, but Fred Zeilinga’s boot was again the difference on the night.

Zeilinga kicked four penalties and a conversion on the night (all in the first half), taking his tally to 14 of the 19 points scored, proving to be somewhat of a sensation for the team thus far. It was Zeilinga who got the ball rolling for the Sharks, nailing three penalties early in the first half, to take a nine point lead.

Stefan Lewies scored the one and only try for the home side, which was converted by Zeilinga, followed by yet another penalty just before half time, to take a sixteen point lead into the break, the Lions having scored three points just before the Sharks’ try.

The Lions fought back in the second half, scoring two tries to reduce the deficit to a mere four points, but could not take the lead, while the Sharks defence stood strong, holding out to take a close fought victory.

All three Sharks teams travel to Cape Town to take on Western Province this weekend, a match that will be key for the junior Sharks, if they aim to finish at the top of the log.


12 Comments

  • Is Zeilinga a prospect at 10 for the Sharks senior side, or is penalties his only claim to fame?

    How’s he’s distribution skills and reading of the game.

    We surely need someone at 10 during the CC, only one maybe able to take the 10 spot is Bosman, maybe Viljoen – maybe CC is a good place for both to regain/gain some form and/or confidence.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.08.12 09:21:16 by FireTheLooser Reply
     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) :

    Zeilinga is still very young, and in my opinion, should stay with the U21’s for the entire campaign..

    As for his skills other than kicking at goal:

    He reads the game pretty well, with his passing being a particular attribute I like. He has some pace as well, which counts in his favour.

    The only thing counting against him is his size, he is pretty small in stature..

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.08.12 09:23:57 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : Gouws Prinsloo is also a possible 10. Haven’t seen him play there though

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.08.12 10:16:02 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 3) :

    Gouws is a brilliant 15, I wouldn’t move him from there..

    I don’t think he has the distribution for flyhalf..

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.08.12 10:35:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I’d be tempted to try Fred this week in the main side. Major reason being I feel we need to give the Super Rugby squad a proper break

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.08.12 12:24:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Do you think that is a good idea Rob?

    I think putting him up against a near full strength WP team, playing his first match for the senior side, is a bit sink or swim..

    You raise a valid point regarding the rest though, it is a bit ridiculous that the players are in action one week after playing a Super Rugby final!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.08.12 12:27:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    In fact, Bosman has hardly played this season, so for him to take the ten jersey this weekend, and potentially for the entire tournament, would be my call..

    Or if you want to go completely left wing, throw Jordaan the pivot jersey..

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.08.12 12:29:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Rich, my assumption is that we’re not going to beat WP this weekend regardless of which team we pick. I also don’t think that winning against WP this weekend is the be-all and end-all of anything

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.08.12 12:32:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    In that case, should we not give the U21’s the best shot of keeping up their good start to the season, by leaving their team as is?

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.08.12 12:36:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : well, no.

    I mean, I did think about that (and I might pull out of this one because I’m planning on writing an article!) but the senior side must always have first dibs. Also, Gav Hauptfleisch is a very talented young flyhalf in his own right.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.08.12 12:37:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    I’ll leave my argument for the article 😉

    I agree that first team gets first dibs, but if you are writing off a loss, then give the U21 their best shot. But let’s leave it at that..

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.08.12 12:39:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : haha… I better get that arti up so we can have a proper scrap 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.08.12 12:56:32 by robdylan Reply
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