Juniors keep truckin’ on

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 3 Sep 2013 at 14:37
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Both the Sharks under 19 and under 21 sides recorded convincing, bonus-point victories against their Border counterparts at Kings Park on Saturday, to keep up the pressure on the log-leaders in their respective competitions.

I must apologise for not managing to get team sheets for both sides up last week – it just ended up being a bridge too far, what with my travel plans and it also didn’t help that the Sharks only released the teams on Friday afternoon! With far tougher matches coming up against the Lions this week – away from home – we’ll be sure to get the coverage back to its usual standard.

Chris de Beer led the Under 19 side to 41-5 victory in a one-sided match, with Jean-Luc du Plessis proving that not even a move from flyhalf to fullback could stop him putting in a match-winning contribution. The son of former Bok coach Carel weighed in with a try, four conversions and a penalty for a 16 point haul that kept him firmly ensconced in second position on the individual points scoring table, as well as ensuring that his team remain safely third on the log. Other tries were scored by flank Barend Potgieter, centre Sandile Khubeka, replacement wing Mike Cloete (2) and captain de Beer himself.

The Sharks under 19: 41 – Tries: Barend Potgieter, Christopher de Beer, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Michael Cloete (2), Sandile Kubeka. Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis (4). Penalty: Jean-Luc du Plessis.
Border under 19: 5 – Try: Russel Weavill.

The under 21 game was an even more unbalanced affair, with the home side running in 11 tries to win by 71 points to 20. Wing Alcino Isaacs and replacement centre Gareth Meikle scored a brace of tries each, with Robert du Preez (flyhalf) adding a try of his own to six good conversions on the day. Duncan Campbell slotted two others, but du Preez’s haul sees him now just a point shy of WP’s Tim Swiel, who is the competition’s leading points scorer. Centre Andre Esterhuizen scored a try to remain the competition’s top try scorer, with 7 so far. The Sharks under 21 side are now third on the log, behind the second-placed Blue Bulls on points difference alone.

The Sharks under 21: 71 – Alcino Izaacs (2), Andre Esterhuizen, Gareth Meikle (2), Jacques Taylor, Khaya Majola, Kotaro Matsushima, Robert du Preez, Stefan Ungerer, Tyler Fisher. Conversions: Duncan Campbell (2), Robert du Preez (6).
Border under 21: 20 – Jan Botha, Leroy Afrika, Shaun Nieuwenhuyzen. Conversion: Shaun Nieuwenhuyzen. Penalty: Angus Cleophas.

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