Late try sinks Under 19s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 22 Jul 2013 at 09:31
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The Sharks under 19 side fought back after a poor start against the Lions on Friday and were in with a shout of winning the game, right up until the final minutes, when the visitors scored a second try to secure a 21-13 win.

Outgunned up front and struggling in the set pieces, the Sharks conceded an early try to Lions winger Calvin Smith and were forced to play catch-up rugby for the rest of the half as Lions flyhalf Brandan Hewitt further stretched the lead via two penalties. Trailing 3-16 with just minutes to play in the first half, the Paarl Boys High duo of Jean-Luc du Plesses (flyhalf) and Neil Martiz combined beautifully for a Sharks try, with the former finding the latter with a beautiful long pass. Maritz did the rest and the Sharks were well in the contest, trailing 10-16 at half time.

It was du Plessis who scored the only points for the bulk of the second half, with his successful penalty bringing the Sharks back within three points. Hewitt missed two attempts to extend the Lions’ lead, but with the home side pushing hard for the score that would bring either a draw or a win, it was the Lions who laughed last, with replacement lock Kyle van Dalen scoring an unconverted try as the game drew to a close.

The loss leaves the Sharks third on the overall points tally, with plenty of work to do to stay in touch. Du Plessis, with 20 points form two games, is joint top points scorer.

The Sharks Under 19s: 13 (10)
Tries: Neil Maritz
Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis
Penalties: Jean-Luc du Plessis (2)

Lions Under 19s: 21 (16)
Tries: Calvin Smith, Kyle van Dalen
Conversions: Brandan Hewit (1)
Penalties: Brandan Hewit (3)


  • Only the start of a brilliant 2 weeks to come for the GLRU…. Well done boys… 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.13 09:57:57 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Du Plessis looks full of talent, maybe kicked too much away with chips here and there but definitely looks a good one.

    Sharks hooker, as good as he was in the loose, couldn’t find his jumpers. I don’t think I saw a single lineout won on their throw.
    Sharks wing Maritz looked very good as well.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.13 11:10:32 by John Galt Reply

    John Galt

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