Well played under 21s!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Sep 2015 at 09:22
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On a day when there was little to celebrate, results-wise, at Ellis Park, the Sharks under 21 side stood up and delivered a great performance to record their second victory of the year over their Golden Lions counterparts. Victors by a single point when these sides clashed in Durban earlier in the year, the Sharks under 21 side extended that margin this time around, winning 27-23 after a late Lions score made the result seem a little closer.

With Inny Radebe enjoying a flawless day off the tee (two missed drop goals notwithstanding), the Sharks recovered from an early Lions penalty to forge ahead via a converted try to lock Johan du Toit. Radebe kicked two further penalties (countered like for like by opposite number Kobus Engelbrecht), before the Sharks struck again, this time via right wing Neil Maritz. The two tries to none against in the half gave the home side a 20-9 lead heading into the second period.

That score lasted for all of the third quarter, before the Lions struck back with their first score in the 57th minute. Replacement prop Barend Potgieter scored a third for the Sharks not long afterwards, with Radebe’s fifth successful kick moving the Sharks out to 27-16 leaders. A late score by the Lions earned them a bonus point, but the Sharks under 21s are now well placed to make a push into the top four, with a game in hand over the side in fourth.

Golden Lions 23 (9). Tries: Gerdus van der Walt, Jurie Linde. Conversions: Brandan Hewitt (2). Penalties: Kobus Engelbrecht (3).
Sharks 27 (20). Tries: Barend Potgieter, Johan du Toit, Neil Maritz. Conversions: Inny Christian Radebe (3), Penalties: Inny Christian Radebe (2).

Two tries by powerful winger S’busiso Nkosi were unfortunately not enough to save the Sharks under 19s from yet another defeat in the earlier game – they ended up losing 22-28 to the Lions after leading 22-9 at half time.

Golden Lions 28 (9). Tries: Arno Maree (2), Len Massyn. Conversions: Hendrik Mulder (2). Penalties: Hendrik Mulder (3).
Sharks 22 (15). Tries: S’busiso Nkosi (2), Tristan Blewett. Conversions: Tristan Tedder (2). Penalty: Tristan Tedder.


  • well done gents! Mr Horak, apologies for all the drivel during SR aimed at you. You are more capable than made to…..

    Keep going and get into the playoffs! Any chance of top 2 finish?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.15 09:40:12 by Kabouter Reply
  • Can’t believe the u19’s lost from such a commanding position at half-time. It’s a malaise of Sharks rugby, we always take our foot off the pedal and try to defend a lead instead of pushing for a crushing victory.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.15 09:40:24 by StevieS Reply
  • So Horak is not doing so bad. This is his first time in charge, isn’t it?

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.09.15 09:40:31 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Would like to see Radebe get a chance with the senior side. Our season is fucked, so give him a chance!

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.09.15 09:40:45 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 4) : my only counter would be to move the twins and Thomas down if we out of contention to ensure the u21s get to playoff and win the damn thing!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.09.15 09:50:39 by Kabouter Reply

  • Well done u/21’s!

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.09.15 09:58:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Great result from the u21s and def some positives after last year’s dismal campaign. What is interesting is that Michael Horak doesnt have the most successful coaching CV but seems to be producing with u21s but Paul Anthony who does have a good coaching CV from his time with the Bulls is struggling badly. So is a coach everything or do the players make a difference?

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.09.15 10:18:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Dragnipur (Comment 4) : if we do that than the U21s season is fucked after doing so well. They must leave him there til next year. We need that april fellow to be given a go instead

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.09.15 11:13:52 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : Yeh agreed, let Inny get a good run in the u21s with that side. no need to throw him into a crap environment this year

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.09.15 11:20:26 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : Think top two finish is possible but, a tall order. Sharks are 9 points adrift of second placed Cheetahs, but the Sharks do have a game in hand. Sharks still to play Bulls, Leopards and Cheetahs.
    Cheetahs play Lions and Sharks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.09.15 11:36:17 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : But has Horak actually taken charge of any team and coached them as he is doing no w or has he not always been, at best, an assitant with a specified job ie kicking coach, defense coach.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.09.15 12:28:26 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : As far as i know just as assistant capacity. Think Anthony was in charge of bulls u19 but open to correction. I know hard to strictly compare the two

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.09.15 12:52:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • Paul was a very successful junior coach with the Bulls. The problem he is facing, is that he simply does not have the depth of players with the Sharks Juniors.

    The Likes of Jaco Coetzee, Macmillin Miller, James Venter, Koos Tredoux, James Hall – these guys could all have been signed up as they all went to local schools. Paul has been given a lemon – and i say that with all due respect to the u19s, they just do not have the class of player as the other unions.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.09.15 14:05:15 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 13) : Well that is my feeling too

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.09.15 14:31:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Well done lads.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.09.15 14:32:45 by Ben Reply
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  • There might be light now, but loadshedding is inevitable šŸ˜›

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.09.15 14:38:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • well at least one Sharks team is winning!!!!!!!! Congrats Boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.09.15 14:41:19 by JD Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) : Not for the u19’s I am afraid. They try so hard and have come close a few times, but they just not there. To have not won a game is very concerning – for the Sharks Union.

    The u21’s have the ability to develop into a great team, the entire pack is still u21 and your two stars in the backs, Inny and M Louw are also just u20.

    They just seem to lose concentration at times, which is frustrating. They are the only side to keep WP winless. WP have dominated this season and have a great side, but have been beaten away by the Sharks and came away with a draw at Kings Park.

    So the ability is there, it is just about getting them to understand that after a great result, you can’t disrespect the next opponents by going to sleep the following week. Add Thomas and The Twins to this side and you have a team who can win the u21 CC

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.09.15 15:47:55 by Vonno13 Reply
  • Wait … do we see the beginning of some structures at the sharks

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.09.15 18:15:24 by byron Reply

  • How about this for a plan: The Japanese can keep Mankowski and JP and in return we get Goromaru…he would look good in Sharks kit

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.09.15 20:13:08 by SeanJeff Reply
  • And how many of these bright talents will we lose before we get to use them in senior teams?

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.09.15 07:26:25 by coolfusion Reply


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