Keeping the Momentum Going

The Cell C Sharks Under 19s will take plenty of confidence into their round two SA Rugby Under 19 Championship clash with the Leopards on Friday following an emphatic opening round victory over the EP Elephants Under 19s last weekend.

Head coach Sean Everitt expects tougher opposition in a competition where all the teams are good, but was thrilled with his team’s 52-0 victory away from home in the opening week’s fixture.

“It was a good performance by the team – both on attack and defence – but we did unfortunately give away a lot of penalties which did hamper momentum a bit, but certainly to keep them scoreless was a great effort by the team,” he said.

“It also showed that they are determined to do well this year,” he added.

Such a result clearly demonstrates that this team has kicked off the competition on the front foot and the performance indicates that they will be a strong force this year.

While Eastern Province are a decent side, Everitt expects a lot from the Leopards, although it is at home, on Friday at 3pm on KP2, JONSSON KINGS PARK.

“They’re a tough team with a lot of depth from the North West University to choose from. They also ran the Lions close in their match. They play with a lot of intensity and like to move the ball around so we will be tested defensively but, in saying that, we have prepared well this week and we’ve had a lot of preparation up until now, so we are quite confident that we can pull of a result.”

“We don’t have a good record against the Leopards, having lost to them twice last year and the previous year wasn’t much better, but we have a team that can play quite nicely.”

Although it’s still early days in the competition, the team has been together for some months now and have started to gel really well, as the round one result last week suggests.

“I’m very happy with the way this team has come on since we got together earlier in the year,” Everitt explained. “There are always things to work on, obviously, these are under 19 players who have a lot to learn about professional rugby.

“But we know that there are no easy games in the Under 19 competition, every one is tough, regardless of who you play. The country is strong across this level and that makes it one of the toughest competitions in South African rugby.”

The Cell C Sharks U19s
1. James Scott
16. Cole Haggard
2. Fezokuhle Mbatha
17. Adriaan Staples
3. Francois Klopper
18. Dre Engelbrecht
4. Lappies Labuschagne
19. Armand Conradie
5. JJ van der Mescht
20. Adam Mountford
6. Vian Fourie
21. Matt Doyle
7. Dylan Richardson
22. Onke Jiba
8. Phepsi Buthelezi (C)
23. Asanda Kunene
9. Sanele Nohamba
10. Boeta Chamberlain
11. Mats Matsinya
12. Murray Koster
13. DJ Falconer
14. Caleb Dingaan
15. Muller du Plessis