Sharks under 19s win away

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 12 Aug 2013 at 11:36
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Deon Kayser’s Sharks under 19 side recorded a second successive away victory, beating the Leopards 24-17 in Potchefstroom on Friday afternoon.

In a match where the Sharks were outscored by three tries to two, it came down to superior goal-kicking by the visitors, with fullback Colin Willemse and flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis converting five kicks between them, against a solitary conversion from the boot of Leopards pivot Cornelius Swart.

Former SA Schools centre Sandile Khubeka got the scoring underway for the Sharks, going over for his third try of the competition in the 12th minute. The Leopards struck back shortly afterwards, but failed to convert and with Willemse adding a penalty, before tighthead prop Bart le Roux barreled over, the Sharks held a strong 15-5 lead at the break.

The second half was really more about holding on, than it was extending the lead; Leopard fullback Andries du Plooy scored twice for the hosts (one of those converted), while it fell to Willemse and later du Plessis to keep the Sharks’ score growing via penalties, of which three were scored in the half.

The result sees the side climb a place to third in the competition standings and with a game in hand over the fourth-placed Leopards, they are now well positioned to continue the push for a semi-fain place at the end of the season. A tough away fixture against Western Province awaits, but the Sharks will relish their lofty log position at present, ahead of a string of home games to come.

Leopards u19 (17): Tries Roche Steenkamp, Andries du Plooy(2). Conversion Cornelius Swart.
Sharks u19 (24): Tries Sandile Khubeka, Bart le Roux. Conversion Colin Willemse. Penalties Willemse(2), Jean-Luc du Plessis (2).


  • I can’t think when last our under 19 side was so well in contention after 5 rounds… Very surprising, given the under-ratedness of this team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.08.13 11:38:24 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : With the lack of big name players, this side is doing incredibly well. It is a testament to the coaching staff that they are getting the best out of these boys. There’s still a long campaign ahead, so we will have to see if they can keep this up. But so far a very encouraging start indeed!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.13 11:46:03 by Argex Reply

  • Yeah, it’s been a good start for the boys, best in a few season I’d say

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.13 11:51:40 by Ludz Reply

  • 9 10 12 13 -wrap these boys up in contracts!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.13 11:57:53 by Talent Reply
  • Yeah, it’s been a good start for the boys, best in quite a few season I’d say hey

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.13 12:13:18 by Ludz Reply

  • A bit like the Brumbies. No big names but a good team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.13 15:43:36 by tagore Reply


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