Blewett brace sets up key junior win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Aug 2016 at 10:34
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The Sharks under 21 side took a big step towards semi-final qualification on Saturday when they recorded a nail-biting 23-21 win over the Blue Bulls at Kings Park.

Outside centre Tristan Blewett scored early for the hosts, crossing after just 11 minutes for a try that scrumhalf Jaya Juries was unfortunately unable to convert. Flank Mike Meyer (younger brother of Currie Cup prop Johnny) added a second 26 minutes in and with Juries adding the extras this time, the Sharks held a handy 12-0 heading towards half time. Good teams score just before the break, though and that’s exactly what the Bulls did, with giant lock Ruben van Heerden crashing over for a score to narrow the gap to 12-7 just two minutes before the hooter.

Replacement back Mervano da Silva scored a second for the visitors midway through the second half to briefly hand them the lead, before Blewett struck again to once more hand the Sharks the advantage. Flyhalf Ruben de Vos nailed two penalties in quick succession to hand the Sharks a relatively comfortable 9 point buffer heading towards the close and thanks to this cushion, they were able to survive a late try to Bulls wing Dewald Naude and emerge with much-needed points from the clash.

With 10 points from three starts, the Sharks under 21s are currently fourth, but only a single log point behind the first-placed Cheetahs in a closely contested field. They face 3rd-placed Western Province this weekend.

Sharks Under 21 (23): Tries Tristan Blewett (2), Michael Meyer. Conversion Jaywinn Juries. Penalties Ruben de Vos (2).
Bulls Under 21 (21): Tries Ruben van Heerden, Mervano da Silva, Dewald Naude. Conversions Tinus de Beer (3).

Earlier in the day, the Sharks under 19 side fought back hard to lose 22-28 against the Blue Bulls, after trailing 5-21 at half time. James Tedder scored a pair of tries to help his side earn two bonus points from a game that appeared to have got away from them by the halfway point.

Sharks Under 19 (22): Tries James Tedder (2), Donovan du Randt, Taigh Schoor Conversion Gareth Simpson.
Bulls Under 19 (28): Tries Ciaran Dayaram, Nico Peyper(2), Stedman Gans. Conversions Manie Libbok (4).


  • Great result from the u21…by all accounts it was a good game. Tough loss for the u19s….but perhaps some perspective when we look at how the Bulls recruit juniors compared to the Sharks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.16 10:45:39 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : Yes, agreed, the u19’s will be encouraged by matching the yound Bulls try for try.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.16 11:30:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Good job guys . The Bulls u21 team (that played the Lions) had 10 Jnr Boks in the team . So this is well played !

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.16 12:35:16 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Well done juniors!!! Now to beat WP at home!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.16 17:06:12 by JD Reply
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  • This was a great win by the u21s, but having been at the game, you can clearly see why SA Rugby is in such a rut. The amount of times both teams had overlooks – albeit between there own 10 and 22M Line – and the amount they chose to kick or pass to a prop and bash it up is scary. There was so much space on the field to attack, but both sides chose to kick or crash it up instead. I am not sure what it is, but the players seem unwilling to take any chances on the field. We need to learn from the All Blacks, when it is on, run the blady thing. If a mistake happens, so what, pull up your socks and defend for your life, that is what the ABs do.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.08.16 12:56:09 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 5) : Its a vision thing together with the required skillset. Players receiving the ball only ever look at the ball the man directly in front of them…there is no 10 degree vision. And then ontop of the lack of vision is a lack of ability to accurately pass the ball down the line from number 1 to 15

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.08.16 13:00:07 by SheldonK Reply


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