Under 19s back to winning ways

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Sep 2012 at 10:33
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The changes made to the Sharks under 19 side last week did the trick as Etienne Fynn’s side emerged from their trip to Bloemfontein with 5 sorely-needed log points, after a 40-31 win against the Cheetahs.

That man Tyler Fisher, so impressive for the Sharks at Craven Week level last year, was again the hero, scoring his first try in the opening minute of the game, before adding a second three minutes before the end to finally seal matters in the Sharks’ favour. There was a hell of a lot going on in-between those two scores, though, with Free State pushing back hard and taking a first-half lead in the 12th minute, after two tries in quick succession. Sharks captain Rob du Preez pinned them back with the boot, though and his two penalties to end the half saw the sides locked at 13 apiece as they went for their oranges.

It was the turn of the Sharks wingers, though, as the strengthened forward pack (featuring schoolboy sensation Gideon Koegelenberg at lock) provided a great platform, allowing first Kotaro Matsushima and then Alcino Izaacs to cross for tries. Ever-impressive loosie Andrew van Tonder scored the bonus point try before Fisher sealed the deal with the side’s fifth, although there were two tries to the hosts in the half as well, just to keep things interesting.

There’s a strong desire within the squad to salvage their campaign, after a disappointing first round of matches that saw them lose four times in six starts. Saturday’s win moves them up within just two log points of the fifth-placed Lions, though, with a game in hand, meaning that qualification for the semi-finals is by no means out of the question, if they can keep winning. That, though, is going to involve finding a way to knock over both the Blue Bulls and Lions away from home, a very tough ask indeed!

For now, though, the Sharks under 19s will want to make as much progress as they can on the log, facing SWD at home this weekend.

Cheetahs (31). Tries by Kay-Kay Hlongwane, Sheldon Erasmus (2) and Willem van Tonder. Penalties by Erasmus (3). Conversion by Erasmus.
Sharks (40). Tries by Tyler Fisher (2), Kotaro Matsushima, Alcino Isaacs and Andrew van Tonder. Penalties by Rob du Preez (3). Conversions by du Preez (3).


  • Leopards and Lions are going to be crucial games for us. They are absolutely must wins for us. We should get 5 from SWD Eagles. We could still surpass the Leopards in 3rd place, as they have a pretty bad run in as well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.12 10:57:04 by Argex Reply
  • @Argex (Comment 1) : I can always count on you to make a comment or two on the junior threads 🙂

    Yes, I think Leopard at home will be a key one to win… We were quite unlucky against both the Lions and the Bulls in round 1… but beating both at home? Ouch

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.12 10:59:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Haha, love your articles on them. They get so little exposure as is by tv etc. I think Bulls and WP are pretty much out of our reach in terms of beating them in the round robin stage. We will have to improve a heck of a lot in the next month if we want to have a shot at beating either of them come semi time. Lions have a very easy run in to the end though, so we should target the Leopards to finish ahead of.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.09.12 11:12:06 by Argex Reply

  • sharks u19 were not unlucky,they do not use their bench and thus ran out of steam against those teams,some players on the bench have not had one minutes game time in a month and some not very much more,they get pushed on with 4 or 5 minues left of the game and that is worthless,23 players will always beat 15 especially at altitude as happened against the Leopards

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.09.12 11:14:21 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • Bobby 26 : you get to watch a lot of the u\19 games?

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.09.12 11:21:29 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 5) : Hopefully not from the bench only?

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.09.12 11:28:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 4) :

    Welcome to the site!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.09.12 11:31:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Argex,quite a few this year,if you dont use all your players at your disposal then you must expect to lose,and if you have injuries you can not expect your replacements to be match fit,no brainer to me

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.09.12 11:41:32 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • A very underrated bunch of players in my opinion.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.09.12 11:50:00 by Argex Reply

  • some very good players there,most of the teams have started their game against the swd Eagles with their replacement front row and backs to keep them match fit and to keep them in the mix, not the sharks??

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.09.12 11:59:58 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • The way we were playing at the start of the season, we probably had to bring out the big guns to take down the Eagles;-)

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.09.12 12:24:57 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex,SWD Eagles was their second game of the year so maybe you have a point,but now round 2 and all the past scores to look at???and when your big guns get hurt are your little guns ready to stepup,with hopefully a semi spot to play in,and by the way the big guns did not have to come out to help they were the ones playing

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.09.12 12:37:21 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • You make a good point. It’s a catch 22 really. If you don’t use your replacements regularly, they won’t be match fit enough and have the confidence to replace a starting player either through injury or loss of form. But the depth at u\19 level this year has not been that great. Compared to WP and especially the Bulls who seem to have SA schools representatives in depth in most positions

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.09.12 12:55:16 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex,at this stage of the season these are the best we have, but if we dont use them all we will have tight forwards walking from one set piece to the next and then any player is better than a walking SA schools player,and then we would not squander a 18 0 lead against the bulls and a 6 5 trail just after halftime to lose 29 8 against the Leopards,in potch it was 32 degrees while they were playing at altitude and our first tight forward was subed in the 59th min,u21s had used all their subs by the 42nd min

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.09.12 13:34:23 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • So you think it’s a coaching error?

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.09.12 13:56:16 by Argex Reply

  • players dont sub themselves,and by the way i have no interest in that side,just observed the intensity wain as the games progressed,and at this age group you can have 8 subs,where has that term gone “impact player”

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.09.12 14:07:13 by bobby 26 Reply
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