Under 19s end third after bizarre Leopards win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Oct 2012 at 12:00
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In a game that would have had the purists shaking their heads, Rob du Preez and his Sharks under 19 side recoded a remarkable 47-45 win over the Leopards at Kings Park on Friday. The result seals third place on the competition log – a remarkable feat for a side that lost so many of their early games – and put them on a collision course with the formidable Blue Bulls in this weekend’s semi-final.

Defence was not really much of a focus for either of these young teams in a match that delivered 14 tries over 70 minutes, but the backdrop to the match may well have provided some excuse for that. The Leopards came into the game with their own play-off hopes hanging by a thread; in order to progress ahead of the Sharks, they would have had to win by something approaching 70 points, while ensuring no log points for the Sharks. The Sharks, I think, knew that this scenario was unlikely and thus might have gone into the match with one eye on their semi-final encounter.

The Leopards, to their credit, bloody nearly got it right. Sharks tries to Tyler Fisher and Sean Robinson were eclipsed by four tries in the first half that saw the Leopard lead 33-12 at the break. They continued their efforts in the second, with Tyler Fisher’s second score coming in-between three further Leopards touchdowns that had the visitors in complete control at 45-19 with three quarters of the match gone.

When the Sharks did manage to score their fourth, though, through prop John-Hubert Meyer, it killed off any hopes of a semi for the Leopards and taking advantage of the drooping heads, the Sharks went on to score three times after that to secure an unlikely win as well.

Tyler Fisher’s third try brings his season tally to 13, head and shoulders above any other player in the competition. The Sharks will know, though, that if they are to replicate their success at Loftus (they won a close game there a fortnight ago) they will need to improve markedly in their defensive game.

Sharks under 19 (47): Tries by Tyler Fisher (3), Sean Robinson, John-Hubert Meyer, Cameron Wright and Louis Hazelhurst. Conversions by Rob du Preez (4) and Brendan Cope (2).
Leopards under 19 (45): Tries by Luther Obi (2), Neil Morrison (2), Sylvian Mahuza, Jacob Pienaar ad Andrich Nortjé. Conversions by Cobus du Plessis (5).


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  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.12 14:14:17 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : thanks for that astute observation 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.12 14:24:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wish I could have seen this!! What a game!! These boys have the hearts of lions. To come back in that fashion, against any team, is an incredible feat. These guys are playing well above their ability. Now go and give the Bulls a lesson in playing for the jersey!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.12 14:55:45 by Argex Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 3) : i saw it,and like you say,there were moments of shear brilliance and then moments of some of the worst defensive mistakes i have seen,no6 and no4 for the sharks had very good games,the Leopards are the most spirited side that i have watched this year,they cheered their fellow players,gave high 5’s ,it was nice to see,hats off the sharks played some very good rugby,and good luck against the bulls

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.12 15:37:44 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @bobby 26 (Comment 4) : I really feel for the Leopards. To lose in such a fashion is awful. They can’t seem to convert good junior form into the senior team though. The Bulls, or SA u19, will be whole other kettle of fish.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.12 15:47:15 by Argex Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Hopefully the Sharks can hold on to Fisher. Rob, do you know if he’s made any plans to stay in Durban for the next few years.?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.10.12 08:56:14 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : I haven’t heard otherwise. He’s Durban through and through

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.10.12 09:29:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 6) : Tyler is something special, he’ll surely be in the Baby Bok setup next year

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.10.12 09:40:50 by Ludz Reply

  • Tyler has signed a three year contract with the sharks with this year being his first. He is enjoying great success and this has been for the fortunes of the forwards coming to the fore in the last few games. without ball you cannot perform and the backline have been seeing ball thanks to the forwards. I only hope this continues against the bulls this week-end and allows us to progress to the FINAL as well.. Good luck to the u19 squad and may they achieve the ultimate and that is to win this…!

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.10.12 20:37:29 by sharksupport Reply


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