Alexander’s boys bounce back in style

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Aug 2013 at 11:09
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It fell to captain Guy Alexander to put the result beyond doubt, as the nephew of great Sharks number 8 Gary Teichmann scored a late try to seal a 36-25 victory for the Sharks u21 side in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

In a closely-contested game that never saw either side establish clear dominance, it was the Sharks who made best use of their opportunities to put themselves in a good position to win the match as the clock wore down. 19-year-old fullback Andre Esterhuizen was the two-try hero in the second half; his latter score finally gave the Sharks the breakthrough, before Alexander’s 78th-minute effort sealed the deal.

Disrupted ahead of kick-off due to the late inclusion of Rob du Preez in the Sharks shadow Currie Cup squad, the Sharks opted to start with Brendan Cope in the number 10 jersey, with the former DHS boy scoring all 10 points for the visitors in the first half, via a converted try and a penalty. A missed conversion of the Cheetahs’ try in the half saw the Sharks hold a slender 10-8 lead going into the break.

The hosts struck back early in the second, with a score that put them ahead. The conversion was again wide from flyhalf Noel Marx, though and the Sharks restored their lead when Esterhuizen scored his first not long after. Du Preez, by now on the field, nailed the conversion for a four-point Sharks lead, but that too was short-lived as the Cheetahs scored again. The patterns continued, with former Queens loose forward Johann Meyer scoring in his first Sharks under 21 start, only for the Sharks to themselves to concede again, to trail 22-25 with just ten minutes to play.

It was then that Esterhuizen and Alexander did their bit, with du Preez adding the extras on both occasions, thus securing a bonus-point win and moving up to second on the competition log in the process. The Sharks are now a point ahead of both the Bulls and Western Province, after equal games and have a game in hand over Free State, who hold a slender three-point advantage and also face a bye this round. In other words, a win for Etienne Fynn’s team in Potchefstroom on Friday should see them top the table after four rounds.

Cheetahs (25): Tries JJ de Klerk, Neil Claassen, Philip Botha, Tertius Kruger. Conversion Noel Marx. Penalty Marco Mason.
Sharks (36): Tries Brendan Cope, Andre Esterhuizen (2), Johann Meyer, Guy Alexander. Conversions Cope, Rob du Preez (3). Penalty Cope.


  • Why would they not plan for Age group teams to play at the same venue as the Senior team?

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.08.13 11:14:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good 1 to my boy Plankie, hope he had a good 1

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.08.13 11:16:49 by Ludz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Was wondering the same. A few years ago that is how it was done and it was a pleasure watching the age group teams play curtain raiser for the CC team.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.08.13 11:22:16 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Griquas aren’t in the under 21 competition. But I agree with you, it’s dumb.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.13 11:26:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : But WP are and the age groups play at Newelands on 17 August while the CC game there is on 7 September.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.13 11:30:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : ja – I hear you.

    Look, you know my solution involved only 6 professional franchises, right? With CC, u21 and u19 competitions all featuring those same teams.

    You have to bear in mind that scheduling of the current competition to exactly coincide with the senior Currie Cup would be impossible, since there are 7 teams in the junior A sections and only 6 in the Currie Cup Premier League.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.13 11:34:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great result. Good to see Meyer on the score sheet. I heard he had a good outing in the no7 jersey.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.08.13 11:38:31 by luyanda Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Yep sadly 7 doesnt go into 6. The other thing that gets lost here is the experience of being on the same flight as the senior Currie Cup team. Its a bonding / awe filling and aspiring situation that the youngsters would look forward to and one which the seniors should enjoy imparting.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.08.13 11:44:33 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Really miffed how the result of this game was spread throughout the press as being a win for the Free State.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.08.13 11:45:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : ja, SA Rugby really screwed the pooch on that one. Entered the scores backwards on their web site. Only fixed the problem this morning after i mailed them.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.08.13 11:49:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Luckily they had the scorers right so one could work out what they had done.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.08.13 11:52:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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