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Great day for juniors in Potch


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Oct 2015 at 11:16
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It was mission accomplished for the Sharks junior sides in Potchefstroom on Saturday, with the under 21 side picking up the bonus point win they needed in order to keep pressure on the second-placed Cheetahs heading into the final round. Perhaps more significantly, though, the under 19 side recorded their first win of what has been a very long campaign so far.

Paul Anthony’s side started the day off with a hard-fought 23-14 win, thanks in no small part to a great goal-kicking performance from flyhalf Tristan Tedder in the second half. Locked up at 14-all at half time (the Sharks’ tries scored by centre Wayno Visagie and flank Ulric Sellar), it fell to Tedder to secure the points, which he did with three unanswered second-half penalties.

Scorers:
Leopards 14 (14). Tries: Dieter Leicher, Edward Haas. Conversions: Barend Janse van Rensburg (2).
Sharks 23 (14). Tries: Alwayno Visagie, Ulric Sellar. Conversions: Visagie, Tristan Tedder. Penalties: Tedder (3).

Michael Horak and AB Zondagh kept their peaking team on the right track, with a decent 45-12 victory, including 7 tries, just the right medicine ahead of a big match in Bloemfontein next week. Ayron Schramm scored for the second time in two weeks to hand his side a slender 5-0 lead at half time, but the Sharks capitalised on a Leaopard yellow card early in the second half to score twice more, via prop Barend Potgieter and flanker Graham Geldenhuys. The flood gates opened and four further tries were scored, to two by the hosts. Inny Radebe was the lone backlike points scorer, with a try and five conversions, while lock Hyron Andrews and replacement forwards Sias Koen and Wian Vosloo added the other scores.

The Sharks are now four points behind the Cheetahs and will need a big win this weekend to leapfrog the men in orange and secure a home semi-final. Whatever happens in that game, it appears certain that the Sharks and Cheetahs will face off in that match, with only the venue yet to be decided.

Scorers:
Leopards 12 (0). Tries: Rudolph van Deventer (2). Conversion: Gene Willemse.
Sharks: 45 (5). Tries: Ayron Schramm, Barend Potgieter, Graham Geldenhuys, Hyron Andrews, Inny-Christian Radebe, Sias Koen, Wian Vosloo. Conversions: Radebe (5).


29 Comments

  • great stuff boys! pity about the loss against Kings earlier

    three good games and the title is DBN for the first time since??

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.10.15 11:20:16 by Kabouter Reply
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  • Congrats to both teams. Well done, maybe the first weekend we’ve had all teams winning?

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.10.15 11:29:47 by StevieS Reply
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  • Well done laaities 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.10.15 12:03:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Really stoked that the u19’s came away with victory. With regards to the u21’s, they really do have a shot at winning this thing, which would be a massive achievment

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.10.15 12:10:36 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • @Kabouter (Comment 1) : Can it be since 2001…I seem to recall Sharks u21s winning the final with Butch James at 10 before the Sharks seniors lost to Province in the Currie Cup final…can that be?

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.10.15 17:32:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 2) : In a looooong time…

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.10.15 17:32:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Very well done, young men. Good luck for the next few weeks!

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.10.15 17:33:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Unless the Lions absolutely hammer the Leopards. the Sharks will likely face the Cheetahs u/21 in two consecutive matches in Bloem. Cheetahs have a massive points difference advantage. If the Sharks win with a bonus point in Bloem, they will have to prevent the Cheetahs form getting a BP, and make up a 99 points difference deficit.

    If the Lions beat the Leopards with a BP, and the Sharks lose. Then the Sharks will play WP in the semis.

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.10.15 19:46:18 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • Cheetahs u/19 need a bonus point win to remain in the play off zone. Lions are just a point behind. So with a bit of luck, a prayer, and a strong wind from behind could see all the Cheetahs teams make it through to their respective knockouts πŸ˜€

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.10.15 19:49:13 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 9) : congrats but hope for at least the under 21’s and senior side to win!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.10.15 22:42:43 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 8) : Regardless of whether the Sharks win or lose against the Cheetahs, they will meet in the semi final. The Lions are on 30 points and the Sharks are on 36, the Lions can only reach 35, therefore, they will finish 4th if they get a bonus point win and will face WP. If the Sharks beat the Cheetahs with a Bonus Point and prevent the Cheetahs from a Bonus Point, the Sharks will finish in second – but this is going to be a massive ask, keeping a high scoring team like the Cheetahs without a bonus point at home, is a very tough ask

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.15 08:37:38 by Vonno13 Reply
     
  • Well done boys!

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.15 09:53:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 11) : I was about to say that…

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.10.15 10:17:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 11) : Yes you are right. The Lions can and likely will overtake the Bulls.

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.10.15 20:48:11 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 11) : Not only that. the Cheetahs have a 99 points difference advantage that needs to be considered if BP don’t get attained by either side. If the Sharks can win with a BP, and deny the Cheetahs any points they will have the home semi.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.10.15 20:50:26 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : Ja…the latter is realistically the only chance…but your u21s are certainly the favourites for a home semi…

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.10.15 20:51:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 15) : @pastorshark (Comment 16) : In fact, if you and I could negotiate this, I would offer you a comfortable Cheetahs u21 victory in exchange for a victory for the Sharks senior side. Interested?

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.10.15 20:53:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 17) : Lol, hmmmm! Definitely something to consider, given that we are unlikely to miraculously beat the high riding Lions in the semi’s.
    Hmmmmmm!! No, lol, will rather win both πŸ˜†

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.10.15 07:12:22 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 18) : Reject the offer at your own peril… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.10.15 07:31:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : Noted πŸ˜€
    Seriously, even though the game is in Bloem, I have no idea who is favourite. Sharks were on fire against Griquas. That said Griquas have clearly been out of sorts, and the qualifying rounds preceding the CC, certainly took its toll.
    Both our teams have been up and down, so which one is going to be more composed on the day. Luckily we get some more experience back for the round. Boom Prinsloo is fit again, and will bring some calm to the back row. I expect a close tussle.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.10.15 09:26:59 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 20) : Sharks were on fire for 40 minutes against Griquas (by all accounts) and managed to rack up enough points that their typical 20-minute disappearing act in the second half wasn’t enough for them to lose the match. Saturday’s match could go either way and I’m not prepared to make any bold calls at this stage

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.10.15 09:47:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • BTW, KingsCheetah’s analysis is correct. The Sharks under 21s have no realistic chance of overtaking the Cheetahs and ending second. The magnitude of the victory they’d need to achieve is simply unthinkable.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.10.15 09:48:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : I saw some form of match highlights on supersport. The Sharks tries were not good team play but rather individuals breaking tackles to score. So more down to poor play from the Griquas than anything. But the positive was that the Sharks seemed to play at a high tempo and looked motivated.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.10.15 09:55:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : @KingCheetah (Comment 18) : do I detect some sort of match fixing?!?!?!? 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.10.15 11:31:57 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 20) : This is all true…

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.10.15 11:46:32 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : But if the Sharks u21s win with a bonus point and deny the Cheetahs u21s a bonus point, points difference doesn’t come into it, right? So a 28-20 victory with 4 tries to 2 would do it…

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.10.15 11:50:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 24) : Just some friendly negotiation… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.10.15 11:51:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 26) : Absolutely! A bonus point win, and deny the Cheetahs a BP, and they take over the 2nd position. Good luck for all the teams on Saturday.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.10.15 19:52:15 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 28) : It’s unlikely…but at least theoretically possible…

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.10.15 20:02:23 by pastorshark Reply
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