Under 21s fail to capitalise

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 25 Sep 2012 at 08:27
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In what turned out to be an unmitigated dies horribilis at Coca Cola Park for the Sharks, Sean Everitt’s under 21 side suffered an agonising 31-32 loss against the Lions, to join both the under 19 and Currie Cup side in defeat.

In the process, Heimar Williams and his team missed out on a golden opportunity to leapfrog the Blue Bulls, enjoying a bye this week, into top spot on the log and instead have opened the door for Western Province, now just two log points behind, to challenge for a home semi-final.

Just like the senior game that it preceded, this was a hell of a tight affair throughout, with only a single point separating the teams at half time. The Lions scored twice in the opening period, through wing Andries Oosthuizen and loose forward Ruaan Lerm, but a pair of missed conversions on their side, coupled with four good penalties from the boot of Fred Zeilinga saw the Sharks trailing 12-13 as the second period began.

Lions flyhalf Marais Schmidt finally found his boots, though, adding two penalties to his side’s tally, before the Sharks entered a purple patch that saw them score three tries within the space of just ten minutes; fullback Jaco van Tonder, flanker Brendon Groenewald and then flanker Murray Bondesio all crashed over within minutes of each other. Zeilinga converted the first two, but crucially missed the third, leaving the Sharks with a 9-point buffer as the match wound down.

It was to be the Lions’ day, though, with fullback Garth April erasing that deficit all on his own, via a penalty and then a try on the hooter, which he duly converted to steal the result for his side.

The Sharks under 21s will face Western Province at Kings Park this weekend, needing a good win to peg their visitors back on the log and retain a chance of hosting a semi-final.

Scores: Lions (32): Tries by Oosthuizen, Lerm and April. Conversions April. Penalties Schmidt (3), April (2).

Sharks (31): Tries by van Tonder, Groenewald and Bondesio. Conversions Zeilinga (2). Penalties Zeilinga (4).


  • “FAILED TO CAPITALISE” seems to be a common theme relating to Sharks rugby on the weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.12 09:13:54 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : it’s a recurring theme.

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.12 09:22:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Seems like the Boks and Sharks are suffering from the same malaise. 😥

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.12 09:53:32 by rhineshark Reply
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