Too little, too late for under 21s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 22 Jul 2013 at 14:53
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The Sharks under 21 side were made to pay for a poor start against Lions on Friday and despite a good comeback as the game progressed, ultimately succumbed to a 17-24 defeat at Kings Park.

The team was severely disrupted in the build-up, with both hookers, Franco Marais and Greg Bauer, forced to cry off at short notice after a freak clash of heads at captain’s practice on Thursday. Reserve lock Wade Elliot also withdrew late in the day and it was a disjointed side that took the field under stand-in captain Guy Alexander on Friday afternoon. As was feared, the line-outs in particular were messy given the loss of Marais and the Lions forward took advantage and dominated the early proceedings.

The Lions scored two tries in the first half, which together with a penalty saw the Sharks staring down the barrel of a very big defeat, as they trailed 0-17 just before half time. Loose-head prop Allan Dell barreled over for a try just before the break, though, with Rob du Preez converting to give the Sharks a sniff at 7-17.

The lions hit back shortly after the break, though, with a score that ultimately snuffed out any hope of a Sharks win, although Dell did well to score a second not long afterwards and restore the ten-point deficit. A long penalty from replacement Brendan Cope brought the Sharks within 7 late in the game, but despite their dominance at that stage, there simply wan’t enough time left to erode the Lion’s lead any further.

Sharks U21 17 (7) – Tries: Allan Dell (2). Conversions: Brendan Cope, Robert du Preez. Penalty: Brendan Cope.

MTN Golden Lions U21 24 (17) – Tries: Gideon Meiring, Henri Boshoff, Ruaan Lerm. Conversions: Jaco van der Walt, Marais Schmidt (2). Penalty: Schmidt.


  • Shame man, my boy was fighting a lone battle, shame on the other 14 guys 😆 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.13 15:11:21 by Ludz Reply
  • That Cope has to be the most underrated age-group flyhalf in the country. He played in so many average DHS teams and still managed to shine. Give him some decent ball & he could cause havoc

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.13 15:12:00 by disgruntled shark Reply
  • Dont think the best 15 in each position where on the field….
    choose players by performance not reputation.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.13 17:46:11 by luyanda Reply
  • @luyanda (Comment 3) : what’s your best 15?

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.13 17:47:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 2) :
    Where’s the like button 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.13 18:07:13 by Horsy Reply

  • Does anyone have the full squad list for the u21’s. I am sure there are some players that should be there that are maybe not included and should possibly even be benching for the u21s.??

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.13 18:45:50 by buzzcat Reply

  • hey guys what happen to last years no 7 Andrew van tonder surly he should be playing

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.07.13 17:06:37 by SWAZIBOY Reply

  • @buzzcat (Comment 6) : nah – no chance of getting that, I’m afraid.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.07.13 17:24:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SWAZIBOY (Comment 7) : geez, good question. I’d forgotten about him… he was legendary

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.07.13 17:24:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @buzzcat (Comment 6) : wait, I take it back. I can answer both you and Swaziboy with one link.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.07.13 17:26:59 by robdylan Reply
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