Under 21s with work to do

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Oct 2012 at 13:02
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It wasn’t all good news at Loftus Versveld on Friday afternoon, with the second-placed Sharks under 21 side suffering an embarrassing 17-61 defeat to the Blue Bulls side that tops the competition log.

With the Bulls having suffered a loss last weekend, the Sharks were in with a chance of possibly snagging top spot with a good result, but a combination of injury disruptions and, let’s face it, poor defence, saw the Bulls score seven tries on the way to a result that guarantees them top spot on the competition log with a week still to go. The Sharks, in failing to take any points from the game, are now just a solitary log points ahead of Western Province and will need nothing less than a big five point against the Leopards this weekend to ensure they retain the right to host a semi-final in the competition.

It was a bright start for Sean Everitt’s team, with Chris Cloete scoring the opening try. Jaco van Tonder, asked to kick after both Fred Zeilinga and Gavin Hauptfleisch were ruled out, duly added the conversion, as well as a penalty, to ensuer a 10-0 lead for the visitors after 15 minutes. van Tonder did miss two other opportunities, though, with another penalty and a drop goal attempt both missing… perhaps a 16-point buffer may have been of more use, but in reality, it would probably not have made much difference.

The Bulls scored next through fullback Ulrich Beyers and it was pretty much one-way traffic from that point on, as the blue backs flummoxed the unsettled Sharks defence and went on to score all but one of the next six tries. Flank Shaun Adendorff, a former Glenwood boy, scored the only forward try for the hosts, with wing Courtnall Skosaan (2), centre Jan Serffontein, Beyers (again) and centre Chris Bosch all adding touchdowns before Piet Lindeque struck a late blow for the visitors.

With the Sharks senior side looking likely to top the log, the under 21s may now find themselves in the fortunate position of being able to go all the way to the final at Kings Park; however, much work awaits, based on this performance, if the team has any hopes of proceeding as far as a final, much less winning one. Let’s face it, if it is indeed these two sides that meet again on 27 October, it would take the turnaround of the century for the Sharks to emerge holding the trophy.

Blue Bulls (61): Tries: Beyers (2), Skosaan (2), Serffontein, Bosch and Adendorff. Conversions: Chris Schoeman (7). Penalties: Schoeman (2), Beyers (2)
Sharks (17): Tries: Cloete, Lindeque. Conversions: van Tonder (2). Penalty: van Tonder


  • It’s at games like these that you realise how much players give direction in a team, Fred Zeilinga’s absence was felt big time on Friday. Keelin Bastew has come on in leaps and bounds this year compared to last year, but he never played at 10 with the same authority as Fred Zeilinga. Centres are also another problem with the Sharks, Jan Serfontein outclassed centres 2 years his seniors

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.12 14:28:07 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : special player that boy… special player

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.12 14:40:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Fred or the next Gerber according to many, Serfontein?

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.12 14:53:11 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : I meant Jan Jan Jan die Bielie vannie Bosveld.

    But you know I have a special place in my hear for FredZ too…

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.12 14:55:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • U/21

    1. Bulle 46
    2. Sharks 37
    3. WP 31
    4. Lions 27
    5. Leopards 26
    6. Cheetahs 25
    7. Border 9


    1. Bulle 42
    2. WP 40
    3. Lions 34
    4. Sharks 33
    5. Leopards 28
    6. Cheetahs 24
    7. Eagles 0

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.12 15:29:56 by Mutley Reply

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