ABSA u19: Sharks face WP at home

1 W/Province 9 8 0 1 282 165 117 36 17 7 39
2 Blue Bulls 9 7 0 2 336 163 173 45 18 7 35
3 Leopards 10 6 0 4 218 217 1 27 27 4 28
4 Golden Lions 10 5 0 5 251 216 35 33 26 5 25
5 Sharks 9 4 0 5 285 173 112 38 17 8 24
6 Free State 9 3 0 6 307 253 54 40 32 7 19
7 SWD 10 0 0 10 79 571 -492  7 89 0 0
21-Sep    SWD Eagles 21 29 Free State Cheetahs George Outeniqua Park, George
22-Sep Golden Lions 27 25 Sharks Johannesburg Coca-Cola Park, Jozi
22-Sep Western Province 39 8 Leopards Cape Town Newlands, Cape Town
29-Sep Free State Cheetahs     Golden Lions Bloemfontein FS Stadium, Bloemfontein
29-Sep Sharks     Western Province Durban Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
29-Sep Leopards     Blue Bulls Potchefstroom Profert Olën Park, Potch

Well the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet but this weekend she’s on standby. If things go wrong for the Sharks under-19’s, they are out of contention for a semi-final spot for the second year running. Getting two bonus points on the road against the Golden Lions last weekend was a decent return for the Sharks juniors. They lost 27-25 and yes a win would have been a far better result but under the circumstances they crucially narrowed the gap between themselves and the third placed Leopards to just four points, with a game in hand. The Leopards got whacked 39-8 down in Cape Town, seemingly having no answers to offer the form team at the moment and log leaders Western Province. The Sharks face Province at home at 3pm today. It goes without saying that the Sharks want to win the match and they might just have it in them to cause an upset. One feels that the hosts have the weapons on attack to keep the scoreboard ticking but their defence needs to come to the party. In this unusual season, even a loss might not spell the end of the road for the Sharks. Right now they just need to match the Leopards’ result to stay alive. As long as they don’t lose any ground to their Potch rivals points wise, this season remains on course for an interesting sudden death type game at Kings Park between the two teams in a couple of weeks time. The Leopards face the Bulls in Potchefstroom on Saturday. The outcome is a difficult one to forecast. The Bulls have had a week off plus they’ll want to make up for a defeat against WP last time out. The Leopards define unpredictability. When they are hot, they are smoking hot. The Bulls are the only team the Leopards haven’t beaten this season. For the Sharks sake hopefully it stays that way. In the weekend’s other game the Lions, who aren’t exactly out of the woods themselves as far as the post season goes, have to beat the Free State to be certain of a top four finish. This will be easier said than done in Bloemfontein. Free State has disposed of the Leopards this year but they are yet to win a big one at home.

For the Sharks, inside centre Garath Meikle is ruled out. He is replaced by a fellow Zimbabwean in the form of Takadzwa Chieza. Michael Berhardt is picked at right wing in place of injured Kotaro Matsushima from Japan. The team also welcomes back Stefan Ungerer, the KZN Schools captain of 2011 from injury and Sphu Msutwana, a winner of a Shark Academy bursary prize in 2011. Eight KZN schooled boys make up part of the matchday 22, which also includes three current schoolboys: Marne Coetzee, Gideon Koegelenberg and Cameron Wright. Talented Sebastian Ferreira of Paarl Boys High is also a schoolboy. The WP team features four former KZN students: Chippy Oelofse and Lwazi Sithole both featured at Craven Week in black and white jerseys. Surprise packages Sthi Sithole and Andrew Becker might not have played for KZN Schools but they have both proven their worth as regular starters for the Cape team. Province has had to shovel their team around a bit in the last two weeks due to national 7’s and their under-21’s requiring players. They welcome back Cheslin Kolbe and Werner Kok but find themselves with key players in the form of try scoring machine JP Lewis (Paul Roos) and big lock Jean Kleyns (Linden) who will both feature in the under-21 game. Kyle Lombard (Paul Roos) and Johnny Kotze (Bishops) are the two other under-19’s on under-21 duty this weekend. For this game WP will reunite the exciting centre pairing of Janco Gunther and Justin Geduld who have undone many defensive systems. It should be an interesting encounter. The previous match at Newlands played in similar weather ended 16-6 in favour of Province.

1 Nic Roebeck (Rondebosch) 1 Niel Oelofse (Glenwood)
2 Morne du Plessis (Waterkloof) 2 Frederick Kirsten (Boishaai)
3 Marne Coetzee (Glenwood) 3 Nicol Heyns (Boland Landbou)
4 Gideon Koegelenberg (Hugenote) 4 Christiaan Benade (Kempton Park)
5 Myles Tucker (Rondebosch) 5 Andrew Becker (Michaelhouse)
6 Francois van der Vyver (Oakdale) 6 Eital Bredenkamp (Affies)
7 Andrew van Tonder (EG Jansen) 7 Jurie van Vuuren (Oakdale)
8 Jean Pretorius (Sentraal) 8 Justin Benn (Daniel Pienaar)
9 Cameron Wright (Hilton College) 9 Jean Nel (Boishaai)
10 Robert du Preez (Kearsney) 10 Tomasco Allan (Scotland)
11 Alcino Izaacs (Namib HS) 11 Selom Gavor (Rondebosch)
12 Takadzwa Chieza (Prince Edward,Zim) 12 Janco Gunther (Waterkloof)
13 Tyler Fisher (Westville) 13 Justin Geduld (Tygerberg)
14 Michael Bernardt (Oakdale) 14 Werner Kok (Nelspruit)
15 Sean Robinson (Waterkloof) 15 Cheslin Kolbe (Brackenfell)
16 Warrick Venter (Selborne) 16 Brainton Booysen (Outeniqua)
17 John-Hubert Meyer (Paul Roos) 17 Sthi Sithole (Westville)
18 Louis Hazelhurst (George Campbell) 18 Deacon Chowels (Hermans)
19 Theo Kruger (THS Sasolburg) 19 Sebastian Ferreira (Boishaai)
20 Stefan Ungerer (Maritzburg College) 20 Nickolai Lubbe (Boland Landbou)
21 Brendon Cope (DHS) 21 Bjorn Bernardo (Durbanville)
22 Sphu Msutwana (Dale College) 22 Neil Bester (Paarl Gym)
23 Matt Jones (Kearsney) 23 Lwazi Sithole (Maritzburg College)


  1. @beet,just one for all you Glenwood hoppers,Marne had a massive game for the u19’s,match saving ankle tap and very good in the scrums

  2. @beet: late second half far side of the field on the sharks 10 yard line,wp had a two man overlap on sean and marne come flying in from the side and got an arm on the ball carries leg before he could offload,if marne did not bring him down it would have been 2 on 1

  3. @QC86: Sjoe! Getting old. Can’t even remember it :oops: Did you think that 1 try was a try when their fullback looked like he got downward pressure before Michael and Robert arrived? Must say under the circumstances, I thought the fullback used poor technique.

  4. @beet: what i maybe should have said was that if they scored that try it would have put wp out of reach,marne showed good speed,regarding that try,i could not see,i was sitting behind the WP bench,but he should have fielded that ball before the line,i thought


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