Sharks u19’s end their 5 year Pretoria drought

The Sharks u19’s beat the Blue Bulls u19’s 22-20 to record their first win in Pretoria since 2012.

In the past the Sharks have never been big on spending money to build an entire u19 squad from high school players. They chose instead to  hand out 10 or so contracts to players as part of their succession planning. The strategy revolved around the longer term development and benefits to their senior team rather than short term junior results. As a result their u19 team have come across as underachievers in relation to the progress and results of rival unions in this entry level age-group. However during the past couple of seasons. it really looked like the Sharks had neglected their u19 team and no longer had a viable plan. This year marked a big turnaround though. Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann handed recruiter Michael Horak a decent budget to work with and he delivered by bringing in some serious talent to challenge for u19 honours.

04/09/2010 Bulls 15 19 Sharks
15/10/2010 Bulls 24 21 Sharks
03/09/2011 Bulls 32 24 Sharks
05/10/2012 Bulls 36 37 Sharks
20/10/2012 Bulls 46 35 Sharks
04/10/2013 Bulls 23 13 Sharks
19/07/2014 Bulls 33 18 Sharks
17/10/2014 Bulls 43 20 Sharks
17/07/2015 Bulls 39 21 Sharks
01/07/2016 Bulls 50 21 Sharks
15/09/2017 Bulls 40 22 Sharks
27/07/2018 Bulls 20 22 Sharks

Sharks winning teams on Bulls soil since 2010.

Blue Bulls u19 – 2010 Sharks u19 – 2010
1 Juan Schoeman 1 Danie Mienie
2 Mbongeni Mbonambi 2 Mikyle Webster
3 Stephan Pretorius 3 Nick Schonert
4 JJ Breet 4 Mike Williams (C)
5 Jose Julies 5 Nicolas Dodgen
6 Lean Schwartz 6 Francois Kleinhans
7 JP le Grange 7 Rynardt van Wyk
8 Arno Botha (C) 8 Siseko Jafta
9 Lohan Jacobs 9 Stefan Ungerer
10 Francois Venter 10 Jaco van Tonder
11 Pieter Oosthuizen 11 Mandla Dube
12 Franco Maritz 12 Heimar Williams
13 Bradley Moolman 13 Kayde Fisher
14 Courtnall Skosan 14 Kieran Goss
15 Pieter van der Walt 15 Jacques Lombard
16 Jacques Momberg 16 Adrian de la Rey
17 Dandre vd Westhuizen 17 Riaan Basson
18 Schalk Van Heerden 18 Alwyn Jv Vuuren
19 Giacomo Bondesio 19 Wayne Lemley
20 Rudi van Rooyen 20 Rowan Howse
21 Tony Jantjies 21 Orefile Nakin
22 Maurits Lombaard 22 Ryno Olivier
Blue Bulls u19 – 2012 Sharks u19 – 2012
1 Justin Forwood 1 Nicolas Roebeck
2 Theuns Reynolds 2 Morne Du Plessis
3 Andrew Beerwinkel 3 Marne Coetzee
4 Jannes Kirsten 4 Gideon Koegelenberg
5 Dennis Visser 5 Myles Tucker
6 Ruan Steenkamp © 6 Francois van der Vyver
7 Christiaan De Bruin 7 Andrew van Tonder
8 Paul Jv Rensburg 8 Jean Pretorius
9 Carlo Engelbrecht 9 Cameron Wright
10 Juan Smit 10 Robert du Preez (C)
11 Lwandile Sompontsha 11 Alcino Izaacs
12 Burger Odendaal 12 Garath Meikle
13 Dean Moolman 13 Tyler Fisher
14 Kefentse Mahlo 14 Kotaro Matsushima
15 Jacques Rossouw 15 Sean Robinson
16 Jacques Taylor 16 Warrick Venter
17 Jan Enslin 17 John Meyer
18 Ferdie Horn 18 Louis Hazelhurst
19 Clyde Davids 19 Theo Kruger
20 Francois Tredoux 20 Stefan Ungerer
21 Vian Riekert 21 Brendan Cope
22 Jason Kriel 22 Takudzwa Chieza
23 Johannes Ferreira 23 Matt Jones
Blue Bulls u19 – 2018 Sharks u19 – 2018
1 Kudzwai Dube 1 James Scott
2 Johan van Zyl 2 Fezokuhle Mbatha
3 James Combrinck 3 Francois Klopper
4 Louis Meiring 4 Jeandre Labushagne
5 Janko Swanepoel 5 JJ van der Mescht
6 Phillip Potgieter 6 Vian Fourie
7 Jaco Labuschagne 7 Dylan Richardson
8 Orateng Koikanyang 8 Phendulani Buthelezi
9 Lian du Toit 9 Sanele Nohamba
10 Vaughen Isaacs 10 Henry Chamberlain
11 Rune Lucas 11 Thaakir Abrahams
12 Jay-Cee Nel 12 Murray Koster
13 Marnus Potgieter 13 Donald Falconer
14 Sebastian Jobb 14 Caleb Dingaan
15 Andrew Kota 15 Muller Du Plessis
16 Llewellyn Classen 16 Cole Haggard
17 Wiehan Bezuidenhout 17 Adriaan Staples
18 Xavier Haupt 18 Dre Engelbrecht
19 Carl Els 19 Philip van Dyk
20 Romeo Eksteen 20 Adam Mountfort
21 Ruben Beytell 21 Matthew Doyle
22 Gerswin Mouton 22 Onke Jiba
23 Keanu Prinsloo 23 Asanda Kunene



  1. The rotating subs policy bit the Bulls in the ass. 3 minutes to play injury to Beitel and they could sub hom. Playing with 14 men, no recognised kicker and a slotable penalty in those dying minutes but was forced to kick to the sideline….scoreboard could have read differently

  2. Think any future professional rugby player and more importantly pushy parents should look at this list and take note of how few of these guys have made it in game.

  3. Hello Beet. Do you know where one can find info on the u21 competition – e.g. results, squads, etc?

  4. @warriors7: Yes I know. Think a 50m kick now a days a benchmark for a recogniced goal kicker.
    I am not the biggest fan of this rotating sub rule.

  5. @Riempies: Agree with you on the rotating subs, was strange from the bulls. Both their kickers were off the field, think Kota was gonna take the take. Maybe out of his range ?

  6. @warriors7: That last kick was not that far. Not straight but not far. I would have given JC another go. This time he would not have to kick the hell out of it but could just stroke it.
    Do not really know Kota’s range.

  7. Roger Whittaker:
    “no you don’t believe in if anymore.
    it’s an illusion
    if is for children “

  8. Shocking stats of how few guys from both teams 2010 and 2012 is still around……..

    Not a great advertisement for both the Sharks or Bulls in their ability to take guys further.

  9. @MikeSt: Howzit Mike, the stat is interesting but I’m not sure it has any bearing on the unions. Let’s assume there are 25 players coming into the union u 19 each year, and 30 players in the super rugby wider squads, without annual retirement of the entire squad. There isn’t room for all the players, some move on with more intelligent options, some move overseas, some get injured and some were school boy hero’s and simply just not good enough or dedicated enough for open rugby. How many World beating u19’s are MIA? I think ample come through the ranks.

  10. @McCulleys Workshop: I agree. I would like to see how many u/20 World cup players become senior players or internationals. The pool of seniors are to big for all junior players to just slot into the senior ranks.


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