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Under 21s hitting form


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 4 Oct 2011 at 07:04
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The Sharks under 21 side appears to be finding form at just the right stage of the season and while some unfortunate early losses seem to have ruled them our of home semi-final contention, they will nevertheless feel positive, having beaten their likely quarter-final opposition this weekend.

A hard-fought 23-17 win over Western Province at Kings Park this weekend unfortunately didn’t do enough to chip away at the massive gulf that sees Province still enjoy a 6-point lead on the log, even after the loss. Having moved back into third, though, after the Lions temporarily grabbed that spot be beating the Cheetahs, the Sharks should probably be able to hold onto that position and go on to play Province again in the knock-outs, knowing full-well they have the recipe to beat their fancied rivals.

While Sean Everitt’s team still have to negotiate a tough trip to Leopards country, where the hosts are always very competitive at junior level, the game in Johannesburg between the Lions and Province will generate the most interest. With the Sharks most unlikely to overtake Province, given that the latter side faces the easy-beat Valke in their closing fixture, it would be better for the Lions to lose on Saturday, thus giving the Sharks some breathing room in third place. If the Lions should win, then the final round-robin match in Durban becomes a play-off between them and the Sharks to decide who will face the Bulls in Pretoria – a certain route to instant elimination – and who will take on the weakened Province in Cape Town.

The Sharks under 19s, meanwhile. have nothing other than pride to play for in their last two games, with the semis now out of the picture for them. That said, Ryan Strudwick’s team recorded a morale-boosting win over Province this weekend as well and will be determined to collect the scalps of the Leopards and Lions as well in their remaining fixtures.



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