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Two from three for Sharks in Bloemfontein


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 20 Sep 2011 at 07:06
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While the result in the senior game was not one Sharks fans would like to dwell on much, the good news is that both the under 19 and under 21 sides recorded victories over their Free State opponents in Bloenfontein on Saturday.

The significance of these victories cannot, I feel, be overstated, especially since the under 21 side has now beaten the Cheetahs both home and away this season.

Allan Dell lead his under 19 side to a tight 12-9 victory in an opening game that saw no tries scored. The boot of Sharks winger Heinrich Arendse proved the difference as he nailed all four penalty attempts that came his way, helping to overturn a 3-point halftime deficit in the process. Free State fullback Daniel Marais, on the other hand, cost his team with his wayward kicking and while the Sharks might feel they escaped with somewhat of a lucky victory, given the inaccuracies of the opposition’s place kicking, lucky wins count too!

The win moves the Sharks under 19s to within four log points of the fourth-placed Cheetahs, but their remains a mountain to climb if Ryan Strudwick’s charges hope to progress to the semi finals.

The Sharks under 21s again turned in an impressive performance in beating the Cheetahs under 21 side by 43 points to 21. Fullback Gouws Prinsloo weighed in with a useful contribution of only 28 points, courtesy of a try, four conversions and five penalties, increasing his lead at the top of the competition points table to a massive 89 (Prinsloo has 169 points to JC Roos’s 80). The Sharks’ other tries in a bonus point win were scored by scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, centre Piet Lindeque and lock forward Pieter-Steph du Toit.

The Sharks find themselves hanging on to 3rd position on the under 21 log, although the Lions, only two points behind them, have a game in hand. Both Western Province and the Blue Bulls are within striking distance, though and with home games to come against both Province and the Lions, Sean Everitt’s side are by no means out of the running for a top-two finish. More importantly, they are starting to hit their straps and play some great rugby, which is timely indeed.



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