Under 21s stay second

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 28 Aug 2012 at 09:36
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God bless Sean Everitt and his under 21 team, who provided a faint glimmer of light in an otherwise disappointing weekend for Sharks teams. It may not have been the most convincing of score lines, but a 40-35 win against the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon delivered five valuable log points and ensured that the Sharks under 21s go into this weekend’s bye week firmly ensconced in second place on the log.

The Leopards struck first, through hooker Armand van der Merwe, but it was livewire Sharks scrumhalf Hanco Venter who got them back on level terms, before Fred Zeilinga’s conversion and subsequent penalty saw the Sharks lead 10-5 after the first quarter. Disaster then struck for the visitors, with Brendon Groenewald and Khaya Majola forced off in quick succession, leaving utility prop Allan Dell to take the field at loose forward. Groenewald returned a while later after a spell in the blood bin, but the news for Majola was less good, with the Baby Bok flanker set to spend around 3 weeks on the sideline with an unspecified injury.

The changes disrupted the Sharks, who leaked two further tries in the half and turned 16-25 down. They really pulled it back in the third quarter, though, with first replacement tight head Maks van Dyk and then blisteringly-fast winger Sizo Maseko going over, leaving the Sharks five points ahead, at 33-28, with a quarter of the match to play. The Leopards appeared to have had the last laugh when they scored their fourth a few minutes later, but the Sharks never gave up and it was that man Dell, again on the flank having come back on for housemate Guy Alexander, who scored the winning try two minutes from time, with replacement flyhalf Gavin Hauptfleisch adding the extras for a five-point win.

The Sharks now have a week off, before taking on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in their next game, on 8 September.

Scores: Leopards 35. Tries Armand van der Merwe, Herman Basson, Lodewyk de Jager, Rowayne Beukman. Conversions Warren Gilbert 3. Penalties Gilbert 3.
Sharks 40. Tries Hanco venter, Maks van Dyk, Sizo Maseko, Allan Dell. Conversions Fred Zeilinga, Gavin Hauptfleisch 3. Penalties Zeilinga 3, Hauptfleisch.


  • Great resolve to come back and win, especially taking the injuries into account..

    Did Zeilinga go off very early in the match, I see Hauptfleisch took three of the conversions?

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.08.12 10:24:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : replaced not long after half time.

    I like the look of this team. They seem able to play different styles of rugby depending on the situation.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.08.12 10:43:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Sign of a decent coach..

    And some mental strength after playing out of position etc..

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.08.12 10:46:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’ve only watched them play one game this season, but this team looks to have the goods. They are able to dig deep when the situation requires, a quality that is becoming scarce in S.A. rugby

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.08.12 11:04:53 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 4) : I like that comment.

    Even against the Bulls last week, they recovered very well considering the drubbing they were given in the first half.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.08.12 11:54:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : That is how you ‘win ugly’ the right way! They are still playing good rugby, and know where to shift the gears to when the fan gets hit. They don’t plan to win ugly, but when they have to they know how

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.08.12 13:36:37 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Went to Potch on Saturday and can confirm that it was very hot, +35 even with the strong gusty wind. One could see our boys with both matches gasping for oxygen in the last 15 min. Great step-up in last 5 min of the match to secure the win. #9 Venter impressed when in secondhalf he started to use his forwards more to cross advantage line and set up quick ball for the backs. Will Genia like line brake from just in Leopards 10 meter to setup a well work try for Dell.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.08.12 13:44:34 by Drifter Reply

  • @Drifter (Comment 7) : New guy? If so, Welcome!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.08.12 13:45:44 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Drifter (Comment 7) :

    Thank you for the extra insight into the performance..

    Welcome to the site!

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.08.12 13:45:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thanks guys!

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.08.12 13:56:32 by Drifter Reply

  • Allan Dell,what a man, a man of real character who has a big future in the game,leader 2nd to none

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.08.12 14:25:14 by Ludz Reply


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