Mixed results for Sharks U19, U21

2013-10-15 00:00

WHILE the Sharks U19 side had a crushing win over Western Province at King’s Park on Saturday, the U21 were well-beaten by the Cape team as the semi-final berths were finalised.

In the U19 play-off matches this weekend, the Blue Bulls will meet the Leopards at Loftus Versfeld and the Golden Lions will host the Sharks at Ellis Park.

In this past weekend’s fixtures, the Sharks thumped Western Province 38-0 in Durban, the Blue Bulls defeated Free State 52-14 in Bloemfontein and the Lions beat Border 47-17 in Johannesburg.

The clash between the Sharks and WP in Durban proved to be a match of two vastly different halves as the hosts cruised to a 38-0 lead at the break, but failed to build on that in the second half.

Six tries by the Sharks in the first 35 minutes of the match, two of which were scored by Thembalethu Williams, allowed them to build up an impressive lead at the break.

SCORERS

Sharks 38 (38) – Tries: Alrin Eksteen, Cameron Wright, Michael Cloete, Thembalethu Williams (2), Wion Robbertse. Conversions: Bartholomeus le Roux, Colin Willemse, Jean-Luc du Plessis (2).

• U21 log-leaders Western Province will host the Golden Lions in Cape Town in their semi-final this weekend, while the Blue Bulls will take on the Sharks in Pretoria.

In the weekend’s games, Western Province thumped the Sharks 51-24 in Durban, the Blue Bulls pipped Free State 29-27 in Bloemfontein and the Lions annihilated Border 76-6 in Johannesburg.

WP bounced back from an early try by the Sharks to dominate the half and build up a morale-boosting 34-5 lead at the break. The Sharks fought back strongly in the second half with two tries in the last 10 minutes, which earned them a bonus point for their efforts.

SCORERS

Sharks 24 (5) – Tries: Gareth Meikle, Johan Meyer, Kotaro Mutsushima, Sean Robinson. Conversions: Duncan Campbell (2).

DHL Western Province 51 (34) – Tries: Craig Barry, Johnny Kotze (2), Justin Ackerman, Stephan Coetzee, Tim Swiel. Conversions: Swiel (6). Penalties: Swiel (3).

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