Halfbacks seal the deal for Sharks under 21s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 15 Jul 2013 at 14:31
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Etienne Fynn’s Sharks under 21 side recorded a bonus-point, 53-31 away win over Border in their campaign opener on Saturday, scoring seven good tries in the process. A lack of discipline and some poor defence in the second half, though, saw their opponents score five of their own, a point which will concern the coaches greatly with better opposition still to be faced.Scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer was arguably the star of the show for the Sharks, scoring two tries of his own and adding a cheeky drop-goal in the 58th minute for a personal haul of 13 points. Both starting flyhalf Rob du Preez (16 points) and replacement Brendon Cope (9 points) weighed in with solid individual performances, including tries of their own.

It was a match arguably won upfront, though and one that will keep the purists happy, given that all the tries were scored by the backs off a platform of good set-piece ball from the men wearing the low numbers. Four tries before the break saw the bonus point wrapped up – and a healthy 32-15 lead at half time – before the Sharks lost shape in the second period. Centres Tyler Fisher and Andre Esterhuizen (just 19) scored in the half, along with Ungerer’s pair which were just 3 minutes apart.

The sides then played tit-for-tat in the second period, scoring try for try, until hero Fisher turned villain in being yellow carded with half an hour to go. He had not been back on the field but five minutes when lock Stephan Lewies received marching orders for a ruck infringement. Credit must go to the Sharks for matching their hosts score for score in a second stanza when they were often numerically disadvantaged, with du Preez, Cope and Sharks Super Rugby player Sean Robinson the men to score after half time.

The Sharks fact the Lions next, in a home match and are currently second on the competition log, behind the Blue Bulls on points difference.


Sharks U21 53 (32) – Tries: Andre Esterhuizen, Brendan Cope, Rob du Preez, Sean Robinson, Stefan Ungerer (2), Tyler Fisher. Conversions: Cope (2), Du Preez (4). Penalty: Du Preez. Drop Goal: Ungerer.
Border U21 31 (15) – Tries: Angus Cleophas (2), James Flynn, Juan Bester, Shaun Niewenhuyzen. Conversions: Wayne Gardner, Dillon Smit. Penalty: Gardner.


  • The fact that we seem to have points scorers all over the backline is a positive one. Ungerer is a little gem

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.13 14:32:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • I see some opportunity looming for some of these younsters. With a guys like Lambie playing for the boks and Butch being butch, I see some opportunity for a young flyhalve to make a name for himslef in the currie cup. It will be intersting to see who steps up with all the talent lurking arround.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.13 15:01:57 by Viking Reply
  • even better news is no injuries to report.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.13 15:15:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Just a worry that the Sharks let in so many points. Defence is a worry at this stage but attack is looking promising.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.13 15:28:45 by dizzzy Reply

  • @dizzzy (Comment 4) : you rite. I think next game we must score lots of tries and defend rarely well.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.13 16:14:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.13 17:10:02 by steve Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 2) : I think the answer to your Lambie replacement was taken care of in the final 20 mins of the Kings game. That Zeilinga kid has dominated Vodacom Cup & played senior rugby straight out of school. Give him a chance!

    If we invest in our own u21s in senior rugby, we will attract the best u19s out of school. Its that simple

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.13 17:19:41 by disgruntled shark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Look let me share with you something to stick in your vault of good constructive advice: don’t try to oversimplify things!

    Here’s a rhetorical question. In age rugby when a good attacking team comes up against a good defending team, which style generally wins the day? Answer: the attacking team style. Why? At this level the speed of execution of the attacking game outperforms the ability of a defensive team to reorganise and close down attackers. Putting 50 up in Cabagepatchland is good especially for a first up game of the season. Letting in 30 against perceived weak opponents says one of two things. Either Border are dynamite in small package attacking team or the Sharks …

    Whichever way, the Sharks need to improve because the Lions will be sharper on attack and will be more structured on defence.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.13 17:24:19 by dizzzy Reply

  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 7) : Amen! Such a good comment.

    The culture of the average Sharks fan leans towards just throwing bucks at the problem. True success lies in developing talent from a young age

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.13 17:26:30 by dizzzy Reply

  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 7) : damn right, mate.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.13 17:34:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • leaking five tries is a concern though

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.13 17:39:23 by steve Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : @disgruntled shark (Comment 7) : So out of Zeilinga and du Preez, who do you guys fancy as the brighter prospect.

    I am yet to see Saturday’s game so I’m anxious to see what Zeilinga can bring, especially after the Lions game, in which he looked a bit 1D imo.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.13 17:50:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @steve (Comment 11) : it is, yes… but we conceded at least 3 of those when down a man.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.13 18:42:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 13) : I am exited about Fred his size is of concern, also his ability to control when not on the front foot. Du Preez is a big fast boy. And a much better distributer that Pollard. Both have great feet, but somehow I still feel Zeilinga is a special player. I still am a big fan of du Plessis as well, I think he can develop into a Bok 12 or 10 and a great shark for the future. He brings a bit of fire to the game like Butch at 19 years old.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.13 00:50:52 by BoerSeun Reply

  • I am extremely happy with all the quality fly halves we have in Sharks country at the moment. From du Plessis, du Preez, Zelinga to Lambie. Wow, special talents all of them.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.13 08:46:50 by Bump Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 14) : Jean-Luc du Plessis, I am excited about that young lad.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.13 09:00:32 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 16) : I followed a few Games of his at school, I really hope he gets attention from the New management, he is a very exciting player. I saw him as a School boy tackle players twice his size. that particular game at one stage 2 boys stayed down and he had big hits on them both one phase apart-dit maak my mos rugby kyk! after that only found out this boy is CAREL’s son-also heard he had a option for Cricket at the Cobras…talented boy.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.13 11:19:30 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 17) : he is definitely one for the future.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.13 11:29:04 by robdylan Reply
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