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Under 21s beaten by clinical Blue Bulls

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 5 Sep 2011 at 12:19
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There were quite a few young men with big reputations in junior rugby on show in the clash between the Blue Bulls and Sharks under 21 teams. The first half was a tight affair with the teams deadlocked on 14 points each at half time. In the second half the u21 Blue Bulls took their scoring opportunities better and ended up winning the game 37-28.

The first half was a real arm wrestle with the JC Roos and Gouws Prinsloo trading penalties to leave the score at 9 all halfway through the first half. That deadlock was broken by a fantastic break by Sampie Mastriet who sprinted clear to score the game’s first try but Roos failed with his conversion attempt. The Sharks hit back with a try to flanker Chris Cloete which was also unconverted. This left the scores at 14 all at half time after an evenly contested first half.

The u21 Blue Bulls started the second half better and scored a try through scrumhalf Lohan Jacobs who broke down the blindside and sprinted away to score. That was probably the moment which turned the momentum in favour of the u21 Blue Bulls and from then on they controlled the game. That Jacobs try was converted by Roos. Gouws Prinsloo replied with a penalty for the Sharks but Roos replied with one of his own before centre Ulrich Beyers scored the Blue Bulls third try and it was also converted. The u21 Blue Bulls were now firmly in control of the game but u21 Sharks winger Jaco Van Tonder replied with an unconverted try to reduce the gap. Roos added a penalty before Gouws Prinsloo kicked a penalty which brought the u21 Sharks within a converted try of the opposition and in bonus point territory. However, JC Roos finally took the game away from the Sharks with three minutes left to play by kicking a drop goal which in the end denied the u21 Sharks a bonus point and left them in fourth place on the log.

Stand out performers (for me at least) were Gouws Prinsloo who looked very dangerous with ball in hand and kept the u21 Blue Bulls defence honest and blindside flanker Siseko Jafta who had a storming game -let us not forget that he is also only under 19 this year.

Blue Bulls under 21 37 (14) – Sharks under 21 28 (14)

Scoring summary

Blue Bulls
Conversion JC Roos 2
Drop goal JC Roos 1
Penalty JC Roos 5
Try Sampie Mastriet 1
Lohan Jacobs 1
Ulrich Beyers 1

Penalty Gouws Prinsloo 6
Try Chris Cloete 1
Jaco van Tonder 1


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