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Alexander’s boys bounce back in style


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 5 Aug 2013 at 11:09
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It fell to captain Guy Alexander to put the result beyond doubt, as the nephew of great Sharks number 8 Gary Teichmann scored a late try to seal a 36-25 victory for the Sharks u21 side in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

In a closely-contested game that never saw either side establish clear dominance, it was the Sharks who made best use of their opportunities to put themselves in a good position to win the match as the clock wore down. 19-year-old fullback Andre Esterhuizen was the two-try hero in the second half; his latter score finally gave the Sharks the breakthrough, before Alexander’s 78th-minute effort sealed the deal.

Disrupted ahead of kick-off due to the late inclusion of Rob du Preez in the Sharks shadow Currie Cup squad, the Sharks opted to start with Brendan Cope in the number 10 jersey, with the former DHS boy scoring all 10 points for the visitors in the first half, via a converted try and a penalty. A missed conversion of the Cheetahs’ try in the half saw the Sharks hold a slender 10-8 lead going into the break.

The hosts struck back early in the second, with a score that put them ahead. The conversion was again wide from flyhalf Noel Marx, though and the Sharks restored their lead when Esterhuizen scored his first not long after. Du Preez, by now on the field, nailed the conversion for a four-point Sharks lead, but that too was short-lived as the Cheetahs scored again. The patterns continued, with former Queens loose forward Johann Meyer scoring in his first Sharks under 21 start, only for the Sharks to themselves to concede again, to trail 22-25 with just ten minutes to play.

It was then that Esterhuizen and Alexander did their bit, with du Preez adding the extras on both occasions, thus securing a bonus-point win and moving up to second on the competition log in the process. The Sharks are now a point ahead of both the Bulls and Western Province, after equal games and have a game in hand over Free State, who hold a slender three-point advantage and also face a bye this round. In other words, a win for Etienne Fynn’s team in Potchefstroom on Friday should see them top the table after four rounds.

Scores:
Cheetahs (25): Tries JJ de Klerk, Neil Claassen, Philip Botha, Tertius Kruger. Conversion Noel Marx. Penalty Marco Mason.
Sharks (36): Tries Brendan Cope, Andre Esterhuizen (2), Johann Meyer, Guy Alexander. Conversions Cope, Rob du Preez (3). Penalty Cope.



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