Heartbreak for Fynn’s nearly men

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Sep 2012 at 08:00
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They say that a loss is a loss, regardless of the margin, but you really have to feel for Etienne Fynn’s unlucky Sharks under 19 side, who went down to their Lions counterparts in Johannesburg this weekend by an agonising 25 points to 27. The Lions have now beaten the Sharks both home and away in this competition this year, by an aggregate score of just three points!

In fact, if you add to that the single-point loss against the Blue Bulls at Kings Park, a picture starts to emerge of a young team, out-gunned on paper against most, that nonetheless fights to the death in every game, yet has been so often thwarted by nothing other than the bounce of the ball. Saturday was no different; Rob du Preez’s men conceded two tries early on to trail by 3-15 after 25 minutes, with the ever-reliable Tyler Fisher scoring just before half time to start the fightback. With the captain’s usually-reliable boot deserting him to an extent, both that conversion and a subsequent penalty were missed, leaving the Sharks facing a 7-point deficit at half time.

It was the Lions who scored next, though, extending their lead to 14 and ensuring that the Sharks were going to have to stay in “catch-up mode” for the remainder of the game. Fullback Sean Robinson pulled one back (with du Preez again missing the conversion), but the respite was to be short-lived, with the Lions scoring their fourth minutes later. Still needing two converted tries just to level the game, the Sharks sprang into action, with first Brendan Cope and then Robinson (again) scoring tries. Alas, Cope failed with the second conversion attempt, leaving the side an agonising two points short and sure to rue a number of missed points from kicks that went awry.

In the final analysis, though, the Sharks probably could have and should have won this game had they been able to restrict the Lions to fewer tries.

The loss sees the Sharks fall out of the semi-final positions on the under 19 log, but not all is lost; they have a game in hand over both the Lions and the Leopards and the two points gained in defeat in Johannesburg mean they should be able to leapfrog wither of those sides with a good home win against Western Province this weekend.

Lions (27): Tries Chad de Klerk, Kurshwill Williams, Peter-John Walters, Pieter Bothma. Conversions Johannes Deale (2). Penalty Deale

Shakrs (25): Tries Tyler Fisher, Sean Robinson (2), Brendan Cope. Conversion Cope. Penalty Rob du Preez


  • Agonising for the youngsters!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.12 08:22:43 by Argex Reply
  • @robdylan,if you were at the game you would have seen the sharks did not deserve to win that game,we were out played in the loose,our lineouts were a mess,4 skew throws and 4 throws right over the back,lost a tight head,the only highlight for me was Cope who made a huge impact when he came on,in my opinion he should start at 10 and Sean Robinson was great,the early use of some tight forward subs saved us and allowed the u19’s to score 2 late tries,hooker sub not used,why i dont know,the hooker had a mare,which happens to all of us at some stage,in fairness i thought we were lucky not to lose by more

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.12 08:46:01 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 2) : you don’t have a lot of good things to say about this side, bobby. You sure it’s not personal?

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.12 09:18:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan,why should it be,i say it like i see it,just very frustrating to see a talented side like this lose game after game,i wonder sometimes if we are all watching the same game,u19 side has one very tall lock,99% of their lineout throws go to him,all the sides they play against know that,so use him as a decoy,but 9 games in we still try???

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.12 09:39:50 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 4) : you don’t think that the Sharks under 19s are massivley outgunned in this superstar league, given how few players of genuine schoolboy pedigree were signed? I think they’re doing very well considering. Also bear in mind that they’re on their third head coach in three years…

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.12 09:46:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan,no rob D i don’t think they are massively outgunned at all,they have generally held their own in most of the games and as you say they don’t have many big names but still have done well,but with a bit of thought a couple of the near losses could have been wins,and in a structure like the sharks advise and coaching help is close at hand,just needs to be sort.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.12 10:09:12 by bobby 26 Reply
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