Sharks Junior Teams Need Strong Finish

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Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:46
  • Innocent Radebe is out injured.
    Innocent Radebe is out injured.

 The next few weeks will prove vitally important to the Cell C Sharks junior teams as both look to finish amongst the top four for a place in the knock-out rounds.

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s take on Border on Friday at 6pm while the Under 19s play the Kings on Friday at 5pm in the next round of matches.

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s have some catching up to do

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s have some catching up to do, but with a game in hand, will look to make inroads into their fight for a top four place against Border who have yet to win a match in their seven outings.

We are half way through our fixtures and have won three out of six

James Fleming, coach of the Under 19s, is looking for his side to maintain their good run of form of late and for them to increase the gap between fourth and fifth position which a win would do. Victory this weekend would mean a run of three in a row which would benefit momentum and confidence immeasurably.

“We are half way through our fixtures and have won three out of six, Fleming explains. “While we would have liked another win, we are satisfied with three, especially having won the last two on the bounce. We’re lying within strike range of the knock-outs with four very important games coming up, starting with the Kings who are one point below us on the log. The following weekend we have the Cheetahs who are a place above us, and then the Lions and Kings again. If we can pick up three out of four, or even four out of four, we will put ourselves in a very strong position for the knockouts.

“We had a decent away win against the Leopards on the weekend, unfortunately only scoring three tries, so missing out on a five-pointer, but we are getting to where we want to be in terms of attack.”

The Under 19s generally start each season slowly and build up as the players, new to one another, become regular team-mates. And now is the time to launch says their coach.

“Having played six games, we are now more settled in terms of our starting team as well as who our best performers are. We also have a few guys that dropped out through injury due back which is a big plus depth wise, and adds competition for places.”

The Cell C Sharks Under 19s

15. Chris Lines
14. Marcel Coetzee
13. Marius Louw
12. Merlyn Pieterse
11. Philip Marais
10. Joshua Bragman
9. Rowan Gouws
8. Daniel du Preez
7. Jean-Luc du Preez
6. Adriaan de la Rey
5. Hyron Andrews
4. Johan du Toit
3. Ruan Kramer (Captain)
2. Jordan Meaker
1. Mzamo Majola

Replacements

16. Andrew du Plessis
17. Cameron Holenstein
18. Mthunzi Moloi
19. Wian Vosloo
20. Ayron Schramm
21. Matthew Reece-Edwards
22. Malcolm Cele
23. Brad Ellse

The Cell C Sharks Under 21s

15. Alcino Izaacs
14. Neil Maritz
13. Nukululeko Marwana
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Alrin Eksteen
10. Brendon Cope
9. Stefan Ungerer (Captain)
8. Louis Hazelhurst
7. Jean Pretoruis
6. Sias Koen
5. Ferdie Horn
4. Buzwe Mpotulo
3. Marne Coetzee
2. Roan Dalzell
1. Barend Potgieter

Replacements

16. Wesley White
17. Bartholemew le Roux
18. Liam O'Connell
19. David Fisher
20. Hanco Venter
21. Tyler Fisher
22. Sipho Mkize

Article via SharksRugby.co.za

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