Baby Sharks take another pounding

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Aug 2012 at 09:12
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It’s all going breasts skyward for the Sharks under 19 side, who suffered their fourth loss in succession on Saturday, going down to the Leopards by the astonishing margin of 29 points to 8.

Etienne Fynn’s young side was forced to pay for indiscipline, with Leopards flyhalf Kobus du Plessis getting his side on the board early and often, courtesy of five penalties in total. He struck two in the first half, without reply from the Sharks, which saw the visitors only trailing 0-6 at the break.

The Sharks almost took the lead at one stage, with exciting flanker Adnrew van Tonder scoring a try five minutes into the second half. However, du Preez was unable to convert and two subsequent penalties from du Plessis, countered by just one from the Sharks’ Brendon Cope, saw the home side in control at 12-8 with a quarter of the game remaining. At that point, the Leoaprds flyhalf really moved up a gear, scoring another penalty, a try of his own and also converting that and the alter try scored by fullback Ryno Smith.

For the Sharks, who had battled manfully against a bigger pack, that last 20 minutes at altitude proved the killer and some real work will need to be done to ensure that they don’t suffer bigger defeats against the likes of the Bulls and the Lions, whom they play away in the second round of matches.

From a competition point of view, though, it’s all but over for the Sharks under 19 side this year – they’re fifth on the log and a massive six points away from the knock-out positions. That’s a pretty disappointing position to be in after only half of the season and with this being the second year that our under 19s has been out of contention before the competition has even really reached the business end, some hard questions will need to be asked about the commitment and approach to under 19 level rugby in Durban.

Scores: Leopards 29: Tries Kobus du Plessis, Ryno Smith. Conversions du Plessis (2). Penalties du Plessis (5).
Sharks 8: Try Andrew van Tonder. Penalty Brendon Cope


  • What is the actual problem with these guys?infighting?to many indians and no chiefs?or to many chiefs and no indians?
    this is suppose to be the cream of sharks rugby for the future. 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.12 09:30:16 by shaniboi Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 1) : no dude – it’s the fact that the unions didn’t see fit to contract any tight forwards other than the SA Schools hooker.

    These guys have a wonderful backline, full of creativity and threatening runners. But the forwards are just getting pumped week in and week out.

    They put up a magnificent fight against the Bulls last week despite being completely outgunned… I reckon that took it out of them and they were cannon fodder this week.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.12 09:39:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is sad to see, but i have faith in Straeli to fix the forwards issues.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.12 10:31:35 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : with the chequebook?

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.12 10:42:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Think they might suffering in the tight five and missing x-factor players/gamebreakers like Johan Meyer and Jean Pretorius

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.12 14:33:49 by Ludz Reply

  • There are 2 things we all need to remember:

    1. Other provinces have a spine of u19 players who have played together at school & Craven Week level. This Sharks u19 side is massively diverse, which will be a good thing in the long run.

    2. The u19s of last year had a horrible season & many of those players now form the core of the u21 side that are toast of the province. Not to mention the number of players who excelled with the Baby Boks at the JWC

    Let’s have a little faith in the process. This squad is about developing players for the future, not an impatient win at all costs approach

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.12 18:25:53 by FOZZY Reply

  • @FOZZY (Comment 6) :

    I’m not sure I can really agree with point 1 being important. The Bulls tend to recruit talent from all over, yet somehow manage to mould them into a decent unit even at under 19 level. Do you know offhand how we compare in this department relative to other unions? Do all the others have this “local spine” in their under 19 sides?

    As for point 2, well – you know that I’m the last person to be short-termist about junior player development. That said, given the resources at the Sharks’ disposal and the enormous investment in our world class Academy, surely we should be at least competitive at under 19 level? I mean, this is not about writing off any players’ long term prospects, but it is about pride in the jersey and belief that not Sharks team should EVER lose to the Leopards, at any level of the game. Tell mw where I’m going wrong here?

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.08.12 08:03:20 by robdylan Reply
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