Sharks under 21s blindsided

Written by Martin van Niekerk (vanmartin)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Aug 2014 at 20:06
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A game marked by a number of handling errors from both the Sharks and Cheetahs inside the opening 20 minutes saw only one side address their early struggles. The teams traded early penalties but the Cheetahs landed the first serious blow with a neatly worked try in the corner. The Cheetahs would go on to score three more tries to win the match 30 to 3, with the Sharks unable to offer any reply of their own despite camping on the Cheetahs tryline on a number of occasions.

Inclement weather, losing scrumhalves to the senior Currie Cup side and late changes to the Sharks backline (which would also force a change in the captaincy) could be offered up as reasons for this misfire, but it became very clear by the conclusion of this game that both forwards and backs were simply outclassed on the day. Andre Esterhuizen’s much discussed shift to the side of the scrum turned out to be a damp squib too, the former centre crying off 15 minutes into the match. The only glimmer of light in what was otherwise a completely forgettable performance, would be the performance of Brendon Cope. The Sharks’ flyhalf lived up to his surname in trying circumstances. A valiant effort to try and keep his team playing in the Cheetahs’ half despite their best efforts to invite the opposition back at every given opportunity was ultimately just not enough to stem the tide.

The Cheetahs will leave Durban satisfied with a performance to be proud of, adapting well to the wet conditions and sorting out all their set-piece and handling niggles by the second half. Rock solid defence right up to the death and very enterprising attacking play, a lot of it sparked by their livewire scrummy Mthokozisi Mkhabela, means they also pick up a bonus point for their efforts. One feels it’s back to the drawing board for the Sharks though. Inconsistent set-piece play, awful handling, a disinterested defence and combinations that just don’t seem to gel at all at the moment means the under 21s now face an uphill battle to try and make up lost ground.

Sharks U21 (3): Penalties: Tim Swiel
Free State U21 (30): Penalties: Warren Potgieter (2). Tries: Carel-Jan Wynand Coetzee, Don Mlondobozi, Pieter Jordaan, Warren Potgieter. Conversions: Warren Potgieter (2)


  • Pieter Jordaan is apparently Paul’s little bro. Same nose for the tryline.

    Tim Swiel had a poor game at fullback, his positional play especially.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.14 20:12:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Very worrying that we don’t have any big ball carrying forwards. So Esterhuisen has to play 7 ?
    Looked a very good side in the beginning of the season so where is the depth?
    Seriously who is our talent scout fate Rudiments left?

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.14 21:10:01 by John Galt Reply

    John Galt
  • Fate rudiments?
    Since Rudi left was what I meant to say. Haha.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.14 21:11:03 by John Galt Reply

    John Galt
  • It just wasn’t great…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.14 21:11:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I must be brutally honest here…i watched the entire game and the u21s were pretty awful. It looked like none of them had played together. Lineouts and scrums were horrible and im not even going to mention our handling or tackling as those were both non existant. I agree that Brendon Cope was the only standout..just a pity nothing was happening in front of him and his backs couldnt catch a cold.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.08.14 08:27:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • Who was the lad JW earmarked as a fullback option for SR at the start of the season?

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.08.14 08:57:40 by Chippa Reply

  • @Chippa (Comment 6) : Tyler Fisher

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.08.14 09:42:58 by vanmartin Reply
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