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One for me, one for you at City Park


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, WP on 13 Jul 2015 at 08:00
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The Sharks under 21 side recorded a stunning 17-13 away win over their Western Province counterparts at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday, with a last-gasp try by the hosts consigning the under 19 side to defeat by the same margin.

In cold and rain the likes of which Paul Anthony’s side will not have seen much during training, the under 19s scrapped bravely and had the upper hand over their more fancied hosts for much of the 70 minutes. With no score at all in the first half, it was Western Province’s Aidynn Cupido who finally broke the deadlock with a penalty. Sharks man Tristan Tedder equalised and then added a second with ten minutes to play, handing his side a slender 6-3 lead. Holding on grimly, it unfortunately wasn’t to be for the Sharks, as Province’s replacement hooker Ruan Brits crashed over for a try in the dying seconds.

Cupido’s conversion handed his side a 10-6 win; given the difference in pedigree between the sides (on paper at least) one has to say that this was far from a disastrous result for Anthony and his team and they’ll take plenty of confidence from this performance ahead of this weekend’s tough game at Loftus.

Chris de Beer’s under 21 side found the going more to their liking – in similar conditions – with scrumhalf Rowan Gouws scoring the only points of the first half with a penalty in the third minute. Junior Bok flyhalf Ernst Stabelberg equalised for Province shortly after half time, before a try to Sharks pivot Riaan O’Neill, followed by a second Gouws penalty, opened up some daylight.

Gouws extended the score twice more, always keeping the visitors’ noses in front and with a 17-6 lead built up heading into the final minutes, Province replacement Christo van der Merwe’s try wasn’t to be enough to bring his side within sight of the lead. A big away win over tough opposition will have Michael Horak smiling ahead of a daunting trip to Pretoria to face the champion Blue Bulls.

Well done to both of the sides and we look forward to the rest of the season.



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