The Sharks and Eastern Province under-19 teams clash in a must win round-robin match at Kings Park on Saturday, 27 September 2014 (09h30). Along with the Golden Lions, the the three teams find themselves battling it out for the last remaining semifinal spot in this year ABSA under-19 competition. The Lions have a bye this weekend but appear to have a slightly easier finish after that, so defeat for either of the other two will probably spell the end of their hopes of making the playoffs.
In any event, its been a very successful season for EP. Preseason on paper they looked like they would be wooden spoon contenders. Since then they have really proven to be a force to be reckoned with. They have been competitive in most games and caused a couple of upsets along the way, so much so that if they do win on the Sharks’ home soil it won’t be considered as that much of a shock result.
It hasn’t been the greatest of campaigns for the Sharks under-19’s. The Union’s focus was on contracting forwards for this 2014 group but indications are that they haven’t really been able to stamp their authority up front during this competition, certainly not as one would have expected. The Sharks did however beat the Kings 15-7 in Uitenhage a few weeks ago in conditions made difficult by the strong wind that evening. During that game the Sharks were able to gain ascendency in the pack exchanges so will be looking for more of the same foundation this time around. Even if they secure a much needed win, the Sharks won’t be out of the woods just yet. Considering that their next two games are against the table topping Bulls followed by Western Province, the home team really needs to win at least one more if they hope to advance to the semifinals without depending on other results going their way.
Expect the Sharks vs EP to be a cracker of an under-19 game with a knock-out match feel about it.
|Blue Bulls U19||9||7||37|
|Free State U19||9||6||31|
|EP Kings U19||10||4||20|
|Golden Lions U19||10||4||20|
|#||SHARKS u19||SCHOOL||EP KINGS u19||SCHOOL|
|1||Mzamo Majola||Westville||1||David Murray||St Andrews|
|2||Jordan Meaker||Kearsney||2||JP Jamieson||Kingswood/Grey HS|
|3||Ruan Kramer||Grey College||3||James Beyl||Marlow|
|4||Johan du Toit||Swartland||4||Gerrit Huisamen||Grey HS|
|5||Hyron Andrews||Garsfontein||5||Sintu Manjezi||St Andrews|
|6||Andre de la Rey||Westville||6||CJ Velleman||Grey HS|
|7||Jean-Luc du Preez||Kearsney||7||Tyler Paul||St Andrews|
|8||Daniel du Preez||Kearsney||8||Wynand Grassmann||Despatch|
|9||Rowan Gouws||HTS Middelburg||9||Jason Baggott||St Andrews|
|10||Innocent Radebe||St Stithians||10||Garrick Mattheus||Grey HS|
|11||Philip Marais||Welkom Gim||11||Lindelwe Zungu||Piet Retief|
|12||Marius Louw||Grey College||12||Luan Nieuwoudt||Nico Malan|
|13||Marcel Coetzee||Maritzburg College||13||Jeremy Ward||Grey HS|
|14||Sparks Ngcobo||Glenwood||14||Luca Dalla-Vecchia||Grey HS|
|15||Chris Lines||Kearsney||15||Malcolm Jaer||Die Brandwag|
|16||Andrew du Plessis||Grey College||16||Dylan Domoney||Selborne|
|17||Cameron Holenstein||Michaelhouse||17||Thembelihle Yase||Cambridge|
|18||Mthunzi Moloi||Kearsney||18||Chris Whitting||Michaelhouse|
|19||Wian Vosloo||Klerksdorp||19||Elandre vd Merwe||Brandwag|
|20||Jedwyn Harty||Selborne||20||Mihlali Nchukana||Dale|
|21||Matt Reece-Edwards||Kearsney||21||James Hall||Kearsney|
|22||Merlyn Pieterse||Port Natal||22||Vincient Moss||Grey HS|
|23||Malcolm Cele||Greytown||23||Athi Mayinje||Grey HS|