Under 21s down plucky Border

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 18 Sep 2012 at 08:35
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Francois Kleinhans scored the all-important bonus point try for the Sharks under 21 side late on Saturday night to cap a fine return to the side after playing for the senior Currie Cup team all season. Sean Everitt’s side ran out 38-23 in a match that only kicked off at 9pm, due to the desire to preserve the Kings Park playing surface after a week of torrential downpours.

Border are a tough prospect at under 21 level these days, thanks in no small part to the relocation of the former Zululand Rugby Academy to that region. A number of players who represented the Sharks at under 19 level two years ago are now turning out in Border colours and their win against the Bulls in East London in the first round only underlines what a good side they are. They came out firing again on Saturday night, with scrumhalf Dillon Smit scoring the opening try, after Fred Zeilinga and Border flyhalf Sherry Sherratt had traded penalties to start the match. Sherratt’s conversion gave his side a 10-3 lead, but good play from the home side saw captain Heimar Williams go over for their first try, with eighthman Guy Alexander adding the second minutes later. Conversions of both tries and a further two penalties from the ever-reliable Zeilinga saw the Sharks in control, at 23-10 ahead at half time.

Zeilinga added another three-pointer to get the second period underway, before a stunning solo try from winger Piet Lindeque really got the Sharks on top. Border struck back through flanker Juan Bester, but it was the Sharks who would have the last laugh, courtesy of Kleinhans and his late effort. Replacement flyhalf Gavin Hauptfleisch converted that one to see his side emerge 15-point victors from a game that had “banana peel” written all over it.

The Blue Bulls’ loss to Western Province earlier in the day opened the gap for the Sharks to possibly even steal first spot in the competition; they’re now only 4 log points behind the men from Tshwane with a game in hand, but will need to beat them at Loftus in three weeks’ time in order to claim that top spot. The Bulls were the only side to beat the Sharks in the first round of matches. In reality, though, second place will be good enough for the Sharks, since home ground advantage in the semi-finals depends on a top-two finish. Their is no particular advantage to finishing first in this competition, since the final will always be played as a curtain raiser to the Currie Cup Final, at whichever venue that happens to take place.

Sharks (38): Tries by Williams, Alexander, Lindeque and Kleinhans. Conversions by Zeilinga (2) and Hauptfleisch. Penalties by Zeilinga (4).
Border (23): Tries by Smit and Bester. Conversions by Sherratt (2). Penalties by Sherratt (3).


  • It’s a real pity the academy moved. Do the KZN rugby union have any plans to replace it, or are we going to leave all our structures as is? Great result in getting the bonus point in those conditions.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.12 09:04:53 by Argex Reply
  • The under 21s is looking really good again this year and what’s even better this time around is they seem to be more mature and rounded than last years team. Hopefully they can take it all the way this year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.12 09:07:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • What do you guys think of an under 21 Rugby Championship? It would certainly keep me interested more than the senior side is.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.12 09:08:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • Good effort from the boys on a soaked and used pitch..

    Zeilinga seems to have quite a boot on him, should be interesting to see him coming into the mix in the next few years..

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.12 09:14:25 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • morne still in the mix 😈 😯 😑 πŸ™

    “I do not want to knock individuals but the missed kicks were crucial,” the coach admitted. “MornΓ© is mentally tough, though, and look at what happened to Bryan Habana.

    “Bryan is now playing phenomenal rugby again,” Meyer said of the wing who has scored three tries in the Championship after recovering spectacularly from a poor previous season that led many to predict his Test career was over.

    “The mental break will do MornΓ© good and we will look at the situation after the Currie Cup matches this weekend and decide who will play against Australia in Pretoria.”

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.12 09:15:45 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 5) :

    I don’t farking care anymore….he’s just a hardegat poepol that will never admit he is wrong!

    He still thinks the Boks played the perfect gameplan on Saturday.

    I tell you what if I was a Bok forward that had to fight my ass of to get the ball just for Ruan or Morne to kick it straight back at them I would have seriously considered punching them myself!

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.12 09:24:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : πŸ˜† :mrgreen: you’re a Bok supporter, you have to CARE!

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.12 09:34:01 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 7) :

    I decided a while ago that there are 2 types of problems in the world.

    1.The type I can do something about….
    2. The type I have no control over….

    I also decided to spend my energy on the the things I have control over rather than worry about the things I can’t change and no amount of bitching about Heyneke is going to change anything.

    I didn’t even get pissed of while watching the Bok game. At one stage I was just laughing every time the Boks did something stupid. My wife thought I was crazy!

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.12 09:41:37 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA hhmmm your wife sounds like a perceptive woman πŸ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.12 09:47:57 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 9) : :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.12 10:07:07 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :
    Been applying that philosophy to life myself for the last few years. Essentially an internal versus an external locus of control. Been much happier ever since – irrespective of circumstance.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.12 10:15:00 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : What’s wrong with your wife!? By now she should *know* that you are crazy! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.12 10:21:06 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 12) :

    She’s known that for years, maybe it was just the change in attitude that surprised her.

    From her taking my daughter out the room because of my cursing to histerical laughing was quite a change! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.12 10:24:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Robdylan: Very nice effective game played by the boys in difficult conditions! Luckly for our U/21 and Sharks boys – the rain stopped during both games. Just a correction in the stats – Piet Lindeque scored TWO tries (Williams did not score) and the second try was scored by scrumhalf, Hanco Venter (not Alexander).

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.09.12 11:37:54 by Drifter Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) :

    It’s only a game Pokkel. Geez! 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.12 11:45:07 by wpw Reply
  • @Drifter (Comment 14) : that’s not according to the match stats on the SA Rugby website…

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.12 11:48:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Drifter (Comment 14) :

    Sharks Rugby have the same scorers as we do…

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.09.12 11:59:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • RobDylan & Richard Ferguson – I also saw on SA Rugby and Sharks Rugby that they have it incorrectly. I heard the stadium anouncer saying that Alexander scored – however I know for a fact that it was Venter en that the first try was scored by Lindeque. Maybe the team manager or coach can clarify, I don’t know who will be the correct person to verify the corrrectness of the stats?

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.09.12 12:13:57 by Drifter Reply

  • @Drifter (Comment 18) : Drifter you are quite correct and SA Rugby and Sharks Rugby are incorrect. Don’t know how they got that info wrong – maybe glasses fogged up in the wet?

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.09.12 09:48:29 by insider Reply

  • You might be right :mrgreen: – we must also remember that the game only kicked-off @ 21h00, normal bedtime for some?

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.09.12 12:01:05 by Drifter Reply

  • @insider (Comment 19) : thanks insider…

    So the tries were? Lindeque (2), Venter and Kleinhans?

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.09.12 12:14:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • That is correct!

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.09.12 14:18:48 by insider Reply


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