Under 19s now back in contention

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 18 Sep 2012 at 08:00
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There’s something special brewing within the ranks of the Sharks under 19 side at the moment, you’d fancy, with their comeback after a poor first round of matches in the ABSA Under 19 competition continuing to build momentum.

Saturday’s one-sided 73-0 victory over SWD on a waterlogged outer field at Kings Park once again showed that there’s more to this team than their earlier results would suggest and with their second successive 5-point haul (they scored a bonus-point win against Free State the week before) the team suddenly finds themselves well back in knock-out contention. Etienne Fynn’s side are now fourth on the log, with a game in hand over both the Leopards (3rd) and Lions (5th). That’s a relatively comfortable position to be in, given that they lost four games in a row before this latest recovery.

Not that we should be getting ahead of ourselves just yet, though; after all, the Sharks under 19s have only managed to repeat what they achieved at the beginning of the campaign by beating Free State and SWD; the really tricky task is to now beat some of the teams that bested them in the first round, starting with the Lions, away, this weekend.

Saturday’s game was a real triumph, though, with forwards and backs combining superbly to score ten unanswered tries. With halfbacks Cameron Wright and Rob du Preez marshalling the show – the latter also adding plenty of conversion as he went along – the Sharks under 19s raced out to a 31-0 lead at half time, courtesy of tries to fullback Sean Robinson, centre Gareth Meikle, wing Kotaro Matsushima and loose forward Jean Pretorius. Du Preez converted all four and added a penalty for good measure.

There was more of the same after half time, with wing Alcino Izaacs scoring a brace before centre Tyler Fisher, replacement flyhalf Brendon Cope, flanker Theo Kruger and replacement centre Mike Bernhardt added further nails with tries of their own. Du Preez continued his faultless kicking display from the first half by converting every one of the second half tires as well.

Sharks under 19s (73): Tries by Robinson, Meikle, Matsushima, Pretorius, Izaacs (2), Fisher, Cope, Kruger, Bernhardt. Converions by du Preez (10). Penalty by du Preez.
SWD under 19s (0).


  • This sounds like it was a great 1 sided affair to watch. Always feel for the loser in this respect.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.12 08:04:17 by Dunx Reply
  • Well done boys!! Now the real tests await. Kicking 10 out of 10 conversions is phenomenal! Great to see our defense also not leaking any points.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.12 08:22:37 by Argex Reply
  • If Brendan Cope came on, where did he play? Or did they shift du Preez?

    Great result this! Saw bits of it as I arrived at the Tank, and it was bucketing down while they were playing..

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.12 08:41:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Cope came on for Wright and they shifted Rob to 9.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.12 08:45:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Argex,yes looks like robbie has done some homework with his place kicking,100% kicking rate in the mud is not bad,ok most were slap in front but still, well done,did you see what i meant about using the subs,the backup front row looked out of sorts and the lineouts stoped working as soon as the hooker changed and that is because most of them have not played in a month,now go and play the lions on the highveld on saturday,with subs that are not in the mix,the last 20min of that game is going to be a disaster and i am not even talking about the bulls in 2 weeks time in Pretoria and remember some of these games are must win games,we have dug ourselves a big hole that is to late to fill,because we have concentrated on 15 players and not a squad of 23 if not 30

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.12 08:48:02 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Thanks Rob..

    So he is another Zeilinga type player, who can play both halfback positions equally well. How do we manage to get so many players who can play more than one position at the Sharks?!

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.12 08:49:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Bobby 26 : Yes, I think it must be a real problem in the back of their minds. Add to that the altitude. But I’m holding thumbs they can pull something out of the bag.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.12 09:02:27 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex,ja so am i,any rugby campaign is about a squad structure,be it super 15,currie cup,vodacom cup because of the the intensity and physicality of the game,it’s not rocket science

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.12 09:15:40 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 : I agree with you. Squad management is key at this level. At least they gave the subs a bit of a run this weekend, albeit against a very weak team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.12 09:35:52 by Argex Reply


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