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Wins for juniors in Potch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 2 Sep 2014 at 11:11
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Both the Sharks under 19 and under 21 sides recorded reasonable wins against their Leopards counterparts in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon.

James Fleming’s under 19s withstood a second-half fightback from their hosts – who are strong at this level of the game – to record a 24-17 victory. Young flanker Andre de la Rey, a local boy from Westville, continued his good form with a try in just the fifth minute. Junior Springboks Jean-Luc du Preez, playing on the opposite flank, scored the second fifteen minutes in, with flyhalf Inny Radebe converting both and adding a penalty to take his side out to a handy 17-0 lead.

The Leopards struck back with an unconverted try just before the break, before right wing Tim Prince struck twice early in the second half to level the scores at 17-0. Digging deep to retake the lead, it was outside centre Marra Louw who broke the deadlock, with replacement flyhalf Josh Bragman converting to give the Sharks a 7-point win.

The under 19s are now fourth on the table, with a game in hand and look a decent bet to make the knock-out rounds should their lay continue to improve.

Leopards u19 (17): Tries Farrel Kelly, Timothy Prince (2). Conversion Julian Delicado.
Sharks u19 (24): Tries Andre de la Rey, Jean-Luc du Preez, Marius Louw. Conversions Innocent Radebe (2), Joshua Bragman (1). Penalty Radebe.

Meanwhile, the under 21 side recorded only their second victory of a poor campaign, winning 55-41 in a game where defence clearly wasn’t high on either side’s agenda. Leopards fullback Ryno Smith scored and converted twice in the opening quarter, also adding a penalty to take his side to an early 17-6 lead (Tim Swiel having struck two penalties for the visitors in reply). Sharks fetcher Buzwe Mpotulo scored next, with Swiel adding the conversion and another penalty to bring his side within a point.

Clearly the Sharks hadn’t learned the lesson yet, though, with Smith adding ten further points in just two minutes, via his third try and conversion and second penalty moments after. Legend Marwana went over next for the Sharks, with Swiel’s conversion (and another penalty just before half time) bringing the visitors back within a point once more trailing 27-26 at the break.

The tit-for-tar exchange continued in the second period, with the Leopards keeping their noses in front until the 68th minute. Their tries went to centre Ryno Pienaar (are they all called Ryno?) and flyhalf Cornelius Swart, with the Sharks replying via Marwana again. A three-try burst from the visitors, via lock Sias Koen, number 8 Louis Hazelhurst and flank Andre Esterhuizen (who by then was back in midfield) gave them the win in the final ten minutes.

The Sharks under 21 side remain well off the pace on the competition log and are 11 points behind the fourth-placed Cheetahs, albeit with a game in hand.

Leopards u21 (41): Tries Ryno Smith (3), Ryno Pienaar, Cornelius Swart . Conversions Smith (5). Penalties Smith (2).
Sharks u21 (55): Tries Buzwe Mpotulo, Nkululeko Marwana (2), Sias Koen, Louis Hazelhurst, Andre Esterhuizen. Conversions Tim Swiel (2), Brandon Cope (3). Penalties Swiel (4), Cope.


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