Mixed results for juniors

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 16 Aug 2016 at 10:02
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A plucky come-from-behind win for the Sharks under 19 side on Friday afternoon was as welcome as it was unexpected, but the gloss of that victory was somewhat tainted as the fancied under 21 side stumbled to a shock loss against the EP Kings.

Michael Horak’s team – disrupted though they are by the loss of some key personnel to the senior side – are one of the more experienced outfits in this year’s competition and one really would expect them to find a way to win these games. They started poorly, allowing the Kings to build up a head of steam and trailed 7-20 at the break, with a converted try to centre Tristan Blewett the only score they managed. The Kings had scored early through hooker Jean-Pierre Jamieson, with Super Rugby winger Malcolm Jaer adding another later in the half, after Ayron Schramm’s sin-binning had reduced the Sharks numerically.

The introduction of Namibian international scrumhalf Damian Stevens added some zip for the Sharks and they dominated the second half, scoring further tries through winger Marcel Coetzee and flank Graham Geldenhuys. They paid the price for not getting far enough ahead, though and despite clinging to a 21-20 lead for over half an hour, it was Jaer who eventually broke their hearts with a match-winning penalty on the 80 minute mark. The Kings took the spoils 23-21 and the Sharks will need to recover from an early home loss in what is a short and brutal competition this year.

Earlier, the Sharks under 19 side recovered from a 19-33 half time deficit to record a 45-41 win over their Kings counterparts in a 13-try-apiece thriller. A strong second half sealed the deal for Paul Anthony’s side, who appeared shell-shocked early in the game as the Kings scored five times in the opening period. The Sharks themselves crossed three times in that half, and then scored four more after the break, limiting the Kings to just a solitary score as they dominated the latter half by 26 points to eight.

Centre James Tedder, who clearly takes after older cousin Tristan, added five conversions for the under 19 side.


  • The only u21s laying in the Senior side are DuToit and Bosch as far as i know? Which means the performances by the Sharks CC qualifying side can now be put into perspective as it seems they could be repeated in the u21s…hopefully something changes

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.08.16 12:33:01 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : and Inny

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.08.16 18:48:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : could maybe be a good wake up call for the lads and now they can step up and show what they can do.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.08.16 23:39:28 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Is he still u21? Sho that puts his performances into perspective. Seems like he has been in the Sharks system for ages.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.08.16 08:03:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : yeah – Inny is a key part of that u21 backline and his withdrawal has clearly had an effect on how they play

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.08.16 10:04:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Yeh suppose the loss of both Inny and Tedder has left a hole. I didnt watch the game- how was the youngster that played 10?

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.08.16 10:09:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • EP got very good u21 squad, make no mistake about that

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.08.16 15:52:22 by Ludz Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : I didn’t hear anything good about his play

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.08.16 15:54:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 7) : bulk of the squad that won u19 last year…. you’d think that in the forwards, at least, they should have come second against a Sharks pack that all have an extra year’s experience at this level.

    That’s my view anyway.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.08.16 15:55:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Only 3 of last year’s u19s started in that pack, tighthead, blindside and 8thman, so reasonably experienced pack.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.08.16 16:02:29 by Ludz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I suppose that Van Rensburg from leopards is meant to be the 10 when he is fit. And he is pretty good

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.08.16 16:04:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Sharks pack dominated, came up to watch the game. Scrum was excellent and all round solid display. I hate ever singling out a player, but the 10 I have never heard of and his lack of experience at this level showed, Inny and Tedder are massive losses to this side. But, they were also complacent, 3 players telling me it would be an easy win, it is never easy and I think this was the best thing that could have happened to them, never be complacent and never underestimate an opponent. All part of learning, don’t worry, having been there, mostly positives

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.08.16 19:43:27 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 12) : i do believe the pack dominated which is a good sign as in the past our junior sides packs have struggled. We do seem to struggle to get wins and close out games in the juniors though- perhaps something Gold can look into. As for flyhalf Inny and Tedder are losses and so to is the injury to Van Rensburg (i rate the kid). I believe the Namibian scrummy was good when he came on…can he not play 10? I see the pretty much went with the same for this weekend

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.08.16 08:15:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : not sure if he can play 10, I know little about him. It is tough for the u21s at halfback, there best scrummie, R Gouws is injured and as u can see from the CC, Inno is a very big loss to the side. Your halfback pairing are obviously vital to the side and they now have a very new unsettled halfback pairing. The pack is very solid and will dominate most if not all, but the decision making and quality at halfback is worrying

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.08.16 16:23:45 by Vonno13 Reply

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