Significant win for under 21s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 24 Aug 2015 at 10:25
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Big congratulations to Marius Louw and the Sharks under 21 side for grinding out a massively important 20-19 win over the table-topping Lion on Saturday afternoon.

Loose forwards Ayron Schramm and Graham Geldenhuys scored tries to bookend a performance that saw the Sharks moslty dominate the forward exchanges, although they had to rely on Inny-Christian Radebe’s boot to a large extent as well. So often this season, the Sharks have started well at this level, only to finish poorly, but this week they stayed in touch thanks to a number of converted scrum penalties, before Geldenhuys’s late try set up a stunning victory.

Schramm’s earlier score came off the back of a dominant scrum performance on the Lions’ 5m line and with this set piece beset by such woes at senior level, it’s encouraging to know that the Sharks under 21 props, at least, can scrum.

Radebe scored ten points on the day, via two conversions and two penalties and is now clear at the top of the competition’s individual points scoring table, despite missing the first two games of the season. The win moves the Sharks into fourth on the log, with a move up to second not out of the question should they prevail against the Kings this weekend.

Sharks u21 20 (10). Tries: Ayron Schramm, Graham Geldenhuys. Conversions: Innocent Radebe (2). Penalties: Innocent Radebe.
Golden Lions u21 19 (7). Tries: Aphiwe Dyantyi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Victor Sekekete. Conversions: Brandan Hewitt, Shaun Reynolds.

Earlier in the day, the under 19 side lost their fifth match in six starts, going down 18-36 to the Lions.


  • Well done lads!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.08.15 10:30:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • A most bodacious of victories bros

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.08.15 10:36:46 by Surprise Attack Reply

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  • Great effort to get that result against a good side

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.08.15 10:41:29 by SheldonK Reply

  • Yup, really good stuff. Well done, men! And thank you…

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.08.15 10:45:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Well done lads!!!!!!!! Great win!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.08.15 11:24:48 by JD Reply
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  • What a great game of rugby this was. This team play for each other and play with utter heart. The Lions were big boys and the Sharks really took it to them. there are some quality players in this side that the Sharks must look after and not lose to other Unions. For a young u21 side, all the pack were still u20, they have bright futures and must be managed well. Well done to the team and a big well done to Mr Horak for making the boys believe in themselves through vigorous training.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.08.15 13:21:16 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 6) : Wow…Horak getting a compliment on this site? Now that is something… :mrgreen:
    Seriously, he has done well with this team! Bar one blip they’ve had a good season…

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.08.15 13:24:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • any chance Inny gets promoted?

    Cronje has not kicked on from SR , same old flattering without delivering

    I ma pretty sure Rob Du Preez and Jean Luc Du Plessis must be cursing their timing of their move to Province

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.08.15 15:18:19 by Kabouter Reply

  • I know this was a good win but its it just a once off performance or are there guys in this side that can genuinely make the step up to the senior side? I say this bearing that some of these guys plaeyd in the woeful Vodacom Cup side

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.08.15 15:30:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : It doesn’t look like just a once off to me. This side also beat Province, after all…

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.08.15 15:34:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK: certainly not a one off, this side has massive potential. You don’t beat the top two sides, one away from home, without having massive potential. I could probably name 6 players who can or should play senior rugby next year. Remember, this is a very young u21 side with the whole pack being u20.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.08.15 16:01:41 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 11) : Is there any thoughts of Joubert and Nkosi moving up to strengthen the strike power wide? The u19s are truely shot already

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.08.15 09:07:28 by Kabouter Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : Did n’t a bunch of these guys put 50 past the Bulls last year as u19s, or was that prev u21s?

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.08.15 09:08:47 by Kabouter Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : @Vonno13 (Comment 11) : Ok so then if not a 1 off then who are the real contenders to play senior rugby? Im genuinely asking here as last years CC, Vodacom Cup and u21 results were dismal, add to that Vodacom Cup this year and so far this years CC and u can understand me wondering where solutiuons will come from? Our juniors or our cheque book?

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.08.15 09:18:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 13) : it was last year’s u19s

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.08.15 10:27:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @kabouter: morne and Nkosi are both level finishers, but I am not sure who would be able to get dropped for them. I think it best for them to develop further with the u19s and try get the side through this tough time. They are young and their time will come next year.

    @SheldonK: can totally understand your thoughts. Just bear in mind the were problems with the u19 side last year which impacted on how they played. With all the troubles they had, they still managed to make the semi finals. The Lions u21 side boasted the entire Vodacom Cup pack, just goes to show. My personal opinion is that the following players should not be let go, Chris De Beer, H Andrews and Johan Du Toit, G GEldenhuys, A Schramm, R Gouws, I Radebe and Marius Louw. This is no disrespect to the other players in the side, but the above players are well and truly capable of playing senior rugby, especially come next year. The props are difficult to call, they are all doing a great job on a rotation schedule, but i am not sure who would make the grade should they step up

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.08.15 12:01:03 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 16) : I cannot see those guys getting a run this CC or next years super rugby unless major injuries or a dramatic change of thinking…so perhaps we will only see them in next years CC. Of the players listed they all seem pretty decent…but none really banging door the door to be selected in senior side now really unless im missing something

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.08.15 12:17:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 16) : @SheldonK (Comment 17) : I’m just gladnthe u21’s is winning some matches, at least that gives a bit of hope for the future!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.08.15 17:56:11 by JD Reply
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  • @sheldonK: look, time will tell. Look at the current Bulls CC team, very young side who have shown they are capable of playing senior rugby. I do not think any of these boys need to worry about playing senior CC this year, they r young and have a lot of time. Having said that, I think a few of these u21s will surprise come next year. The best thing to do, is get down to a game to watch them play, then u can make your own decisions on where u feel they stand

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.08.15 19:54:07 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 19) : just hope they can keep it up and show the senior guys how it’s done!!!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.08.15 22:34:05 by JD Reply
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  • @JD: for sure, but the seniors will come right. Surely it is only a matter of time before they find form and click as a team

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.08.15 07:07:07 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 21) : ja just hope it happens sooner rather than later!!!!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.08.15 09:04:34 by JD Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 19) : i must admit i havnt watched the kzn u21s play that much as a team but i have seen a lot of the guys play for their respective clubs and whilst they havebeen decent they havnt exactly been screaming for guys to select them in the senior kzn side. But as you say this is a young side so will give them time to mature. Unfortunately its seems youngsters these days want instant success so if they arent getting that by age 22 then they go elsewhere.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.08.15 10:37:37 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK: It is a sign of the current times, the lighties want the rewards without the work. I am not saying they do not work hard, but they want the fame, the money, the adoration – the pride to play for the jersey and make your family, province and country proud, is seemingly vanishing. Much like soccer, money is ruling before passion for the jersey. These days, any jersey will do, provided the price is right

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.08.15 11:43:08 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 24) : bit harsh as there is still some players that value the jersey whilst playing for the money, but yes must admit they’re getting less and less!!!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.08.15 11:53:56 by JD Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 24) : Yup u hit the nail on the head there. But tough to criticise as many many people do that in business too and we must not forget that rugby in now business just like everythigngelse.

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.08.15 12:22:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • Ja look guys, it may be a bit harsh but like you say, it is the way life is going – look at marriage, no one blinks an eye when divorce happens anymore. I suppose I just like to believe that guys still play for a Province based on passion and passion alone – ala, Thomas Du Toit, he really plays for the Union. But hey, such is life and the draw of money

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.08.15 12:53:53 by Vonno13 Reply

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