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Tame end to forgettable campaign


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Oct 2014 at 09:23
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The Sharks under 21 side ended their season in rather typical style, conceding a 51-32 defeat to their rampant Western Province counterparts at Newlands on Saturday.

Deon Kayser’s side had done well to take an 18-10 lead into half time, having outscored their hosts by three tries to one during the period, but then seemingly forgot to play in the second period. Province crossed the Sharks line and embarrassing 7 times during the 40 minutes that followed, with the bonus point to the Sharks due to scoring two more themselves of scant consolation. Province flanker Tapiwa Tsomondo scored 4 of their tries on his own.

This year’s under 21 campaign has been little short of a disaster for the Sharks, who ended in fifth position a good 11 log points away from a semi-final berth. That fate was clear a good few weeks ago, meaning motivation must surely have been low heading into the Cape clash. A fair few players, who have understandably not been offered contracts at senior level, were playing their final games for the Sharks and would have wanted to finish off with a win.

Perhaps more concerning, though, is that despite the presence of senior squad members in Johan Meyer, Tim Swiel and Tyler Fisher, the Sharks couldn’t produce a better showing. This weekend’s semi finals see table-topping Province take on the Cheetahs, with the Blue Bulls hosting the Lions in the other fixture.

Western Province u21 (53): Tries Tapiwa Tsomondo (4), Willem Strydom, Devon Nash, Jacques van Staden, Solomon Ferreira. Conversions Strydom (2), Brandon Thomson (2). Penalty Strydom.
Sharks u21 (32): Tries Nkululeko Marwana, Michael Cloete, Johan Meyer, Sandile Kubeka, Tyler Fisher. Conversions Tim Swiel (2). Penalty Swiel.



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