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Close, but no cigar, for brave under 19s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 4 Aug 2015 at 10:25
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Paul Anthony’s Sharks under 19 side suffered an agonising loss at home to the Leopards on Saturday afternoon, conceding a late try to go down 37-40 in a high-scoring game.

Plenty of lessons will have been learned; over the past few weeks, we’ve seen some amazing comebacks from these boys and despite another slow start, they again turned it on during the middle stages of the game to race away to a seemingly unassailable lead. Getting ahead is one thing – staying ahead until the final whistle is quite another, though and a fair amount of credit must go to the Leopards for pulling off their own Houdini act in this game.

Trailing 3-11 after 20 minutes, centre Wayno Visagie started the scoring for the Sharks, with hooker Brad Roberts and powerful winger S’bu Nkosi following suit. Holding a healthy 22-11 lead at the break, the Sharks looked all set for the first victory of their campaign; a Leopards try after the break was cancelled out by Nkosi’s second and with just over a quarter of the match remaining, the wiin looked to be in the bag.

Two quick tries to the visitors changed the complexion entirely, though – had it not been for some wayward kicking by Leopards flyhalf Siyabonga Masuku, the lead would have been entirely lost at that stage, but an earlier Tristan Tedder penalty saw the Sharks clinging to a slender 4-point lead, extended further via an unconverted try to exciting fullback Morne Joubert. Again, looking reasonably comfortable with a 9-point buffer, the Sharks managed to concede twice more in the closing ten minutes, with Leopards replacement Henry Searle scoring three minutes from time to finally hand his side the lead.

While the final result was disappointing, there were some great individual performances from the young men in black, with Nkosi and Joubert, in particular, standing out as real talents to keep an eye on for the future.

Sharks 37 (22). Tries: Alwayno Visagie, Bradley Roberts, Morne Joubert, S’busiso Nkosi (2). Conversions: Tristan Tedder (3). Penalties: Tedder (2).
Leopards 40 (11). Tries: Barend Janse van Rensburg, Bhekisa Shongwe, Henry Searle, Siyabonga Masuku, Tapiwa Mafura, Zweli Silaule. Conversions: Siyabonga Masuku (2). Penalty: Masuki. Drop Goal: Masuku.


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