Huge stride taken as Sharks u19 win again

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Oct 2012 at 12:14
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Rob du Preez and his Sharks under 19 side all but secured a semi-final place on Friday afternoon by recording a thrilling 37-36 win over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versveld.

The win was a special one indeed for this young Sharks side for so many reasons. Having lost agonisingly – by the same margin – to the Bulls at home earlier in the year, one of many games that this side has conceded by just a few points here and there, the Sharks have been playing catch-up rugby and have now managed to beat both log-leading sides, Western Province and the Blue Bulls, in successive weeks. Going deeper than that, though, is a difference in contracting philosophy that has seen the Bulls contract two or three top players in each position at under 19 level this year; on paper, at least, no side should stand a chance of beating them and yet the out-gunned Sharks, with few real stars, but a far greater sense of team unity, managed to do just that.

Tyler Fisher, as he has been all year, again proved the hero, scoring not once, or even twice, but three times in the first half to help the Sharks to a 31-14 half time lead. All five of the Sharks tries came in that first period, with captain du Preez and inside centre Gareth Meikle scoring the others.

A worrying trend, though, has seen this team fall off in the second period, with suggestions that substitutes haven’t always been deployed effectively after half time. Despite the use of all allowed forward subs, though, the same happened this week and it was the Bulls who scored three times in the second half, leaving the Sharks trailing by two points on the full time hooter, after losing their good lead. All was not lost, though, as replacement flyhalf Brendan Cope proved a man for the big occasion, slotting the winning drop goal in the last movement of the game.

The Sharks now face the Leopards in their final home game, needing to secure just a single point from that encounter to finish no lower than fourth on the competition log.

Blue Bulls (36): Tries Andrew Beerwinkel, Carlo Engelbrecht, Justin Forwood, Kefentse Mahlo, Lwandile Sompontsha. Conversions: Jacques Rossouw (4). Drop goal: Francois Tredoux.
Sharks (37): Tries Tyler Fisher (3), Rob du Preez, Gareth Meikle. Conversions: du Preez (3). Penalty: du Preez. Drop goal: Brendan Cope


  • @robdylan,the way i see it,is that the u19’s are threw without needing a point,on a greater points diff,or have to lose to the Leopards by over a 100 points?they may want to lose to the Leopards to end 4th tho, thus playing against the WP in the semi’s,which i think they can beat anyday,but if they beat the Leopards on Friday they will end 3rd on the log and will have to play against a full strength Bulls side[i heard 6 Bulls players rested??]for the sharks game on Friday,cant’confirm,

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.12 12:53:11 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 1) : does points difference count more than wins? If not, then they definitely need at least one point, or to stop the Leopards getting 5

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.12 13:04:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : i don’t know about wins,but it should carry more weight than points diff,maybe you could find out,anyway it would be nice to put one over the Leopards to fix that Potch klap they got,Cope is pure class

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.12 13:28:46 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 3) : ja – I would be concerned about the implications of throwing a game against the Leoaprds and then trying to lift the boys for a huge away semi the week after.

    We’ll need to back these kids to win at Loftus again, without any excuses from the Bulls side about rested players. Anyway, their squad is so big that I don’t see hoe resting 6 players could actually weaken them.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.12 13:48:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 3) : I’ll admit that I don’t know too much about Cope. Where is he from?

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.12 13:49:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : i don’t know to much about him either,but i see he comes from DHS,i have watched him a couple of times this year and was very impressed,added alot of flare when he came on,infact i would have started with him before Rob, but Rob has made me eat my words,now that his place kicking has improved so much and his overall play has come on in leaps and bounds,can sometimes be very slow in clearing the ball to touch,but hey most points in the u19 currie cup speaks volumes

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.12 14:17:24 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : think Cope was at DHS last year if am not mistaken, heard he’s a much more creative player than Rob du Preez

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.12 14:20:24 by Ludz Reply

  • @bobby 26 (Comment 6) : ja – I know that Rob started the season with many detractors and amidst talk that he was only there to keep the “family” loyal to the Sharks… I have to say that he has really made all of those people eat their words by topping the standings… even if he’s still credited with a try against WP that was scored by Bernhardt 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.12 14:20:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : right now Rob is creating wins for the team, which is fine for me 🙂

    Not to take anything away from Cope… and in fact, you can hardly say that Rob did more at Loftus, since it was Cope who scored the winning points 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.12 14:21:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can we just take a few minutes to marvel at how good Tyler is too?

    I think it’s amazing, given all the Bulls’ spending, that Sharks boys top both the individual points (Rob) and individual try (Tyler) scoring tables.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.12 14:22:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I hear he’s got his problems with hands, defence and all that. He’s a class act going forward though, him and Jan Serfontein with the Baby Boks next year will cause havoc for any team, he reminds me so much of Robbie Freuen

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.12 14:34:57 by Ludz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : for sure I liked Rob at Craven Week last year and have absolutely no problem with him, only thing I was worried about was his place kicking which was virtually non existent before this year I believe. I hear he did not kick at Kearsney last year and he didn’t at Craven Week either

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.12 14:39:48 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 11) : all stuff that canbe coached

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.12 14:41:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 11) : Tyler has one problem in getting into SAu20 and that is a WP center called Justin Geduld,very good player,ran holes threw our line in CT and in Durbs

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.12 14:48:15 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : i have being ranting and raving about the non use of the subs,i saw the front row was subed nice and early and most were used,so what is the second half problem then

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.12 14:54:19 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 15) : I also don’t know.

    Maybe the Bulls honestly just have a better bench than we do?

    They have contracted, on average, 3.56 players for every 1 of ours…

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.12 14:56:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 14) : oh ya heard only good thing about Geduld, Dawie will have some nice centre options next year. Jan, Tyler, Justin, Burger Odendaal (I like this lad)

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.12 14:57:38 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 17) : I think Justin is going to have to practice a bit more “geduld”… Dawie likes the big boys and Tyler knows his way to the try line.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.12 15:02:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • How does contracting work for the juniors in general? Do they get a 3 year junior contract from u19 to u21? And then the powers that be decide again thereafter?

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.10.12 19:28:27 by Argex Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 17) :

    Dries Swanepoel…

    Johnny Kotze…

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.10.12 08:31:54 by hendrikp Reply

  • FYI to all.

    The following U19 players were included in this years U20 training camps, meaning they’ll be eligible for the squad in 2013. Might give us an idea at some of the players Dawie is looking at.

    Props: Tshepo Motale (Bishops, WP), Entienne Swanepoel (Tygerberg, WP), Andrew Beerwinkel (Porterville, Bulls), Neethling Fouche (Grey College, Bulls)

    Hookers: None

    Locks: Jacques du Plessis (Ermelo, Bulls), Marvin Orie (Tygerberg, Bulls)

    Loosies: Aubrey Faul (Augsburg, Boland), Leneve Damens (Grey College, Bulls), Ruan Steenkamp (Monument, Bulls), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Wynberg Boys, WP)

    Scrumhalves: KK Hlongwane (Louis Botha, Cheetahs), Percy Williams (Oudtshoorn, Lions)

    Flyhalves: Handre Pollard (Paarl Gym, Bulls), Rob du Preez (Kearsney, Sharks), Timo Swiel (Bishops, WP)

    Centres: Brenvin Marais (Weston, Griffons), Dean Moolman (Glenwood, Bulls), Dries Swanepoel (Grey College, Bulls), Jan Serfontein (Grey College, Bulls), Johnny Kotze (Bishops, WP) & Tyler Fisher (Westville, Sharks)

    Wingers: Ruwellyn Isbell (Grey College, Bulls)

    Fullbacks: Cheslin Kolbe (Brackenfell, WP)

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.10.12 08:39:22 by hendrikp Reply


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