Toyota Cheetahs u/21’s Brilliance In First Fifteen Minutes Secure Win Over Sharks

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The Toyota Cheetahs u/21 played against the Cell C Sharks u/21 in the final round of the SARU u/21 competition at Ellispark today and regained some pride after thumping the Sharks with 40-21 to momentarily move into the third place on the log.

The Cheetahs opened up a 21-0 gap within the first twelve minutes of the game. Shayne Bolton scored the first try and created the third. The rest of the quarter was an even affair, with the Cheetahs who maintained their lead after twenty minutes.

The Sharks' forwards slowly took control which lead to their first try after a lineout maul close to the Cheetahs try line. The Sharks set up camp in the Cheetahs' 22 and scored a second try with only two minutes left of the first half.

The momentum at the end of the first half definately with the Sharks. Their forwards dominated in the scrums and the loose. The Cheetahs in the lead with 21-14 as the two sides enjoyed a rest after 40 minutes.

The Cheetahs started the second half a bit slower than in the first half and scored their first try after only four minutes in the second half. The rest of the third quarter the players were definately affected by the heat as the pace at which the game was played was a lot slower than earlier. The Cheetahs scored their fifth try just before the players went for a water break and lead 33-14.

The Sharks started the last quarter at pace and it took them only two minutes to score their third try. Although the Sharks "dominated" in the last quarter the defence of the Cheetahs and their work on the ground kept the Sharks from scoring the winning points.

Conan LeFleur hammered the last nail into the Sharks coffin with one minute to go to win 40-21. The score definitely did not reflect the play on the field but rather the number of mistakes the Sharks made on the field in attack and defence.

Scorers:
Toyota Free State u/21: Tries: Shayne Bolton, Janus Venter, Siyanda Cele, Cohan Jasper, Juandre Sabbat, Conan LeFleur. Conversions: Charles Williams (5).
Cell C Sharks u/21: Tries: Adam Mountfort, Thaakir Abrahams, Donald Falconer. Conversions: Murray Koster (3)

Cell C Sharks Under 21s: 15. Thaakir Abrahams, 14. Jean Roux, 13. Donald Falconer, 12. Le Roux Malan, 11. Asanda Kunene, 10. Murray Koster, 9. Vusile Dlepu, 8. Evan Roos, 7. Celimpilo Gumede, 6. Adam Mountfort, 5. Jeandre Labuschagne, 4. Emile van Heerden, 3. Hanru Jacobs, 2. Fezo Mbatha (Captain), 1. Thabiso Mdletshe. Replacements: 16. Mark Venter, 17. Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18. Francois Klopper, 19. Okkie Barnard, 20 Lunga Ncube, 21. Daimon O’Connell, 22. Rynhardt Jonker, 23. Mntungwa Mapantsela

Toyota Free State u/21: 15. Cohan Jasper, 14. Siyanda Cele, 13. Conan LeFleur, 12. Shayne Bolton, 11. Juandre Sabbat, 10. Charles Williams, 9. Cornel Korff, 8. Ruwald vd Merwe, 7. Thapelo Ramoshaba, 6. Dean Nieuwoudt, 5. Ruben Cronje, 4. George Cronje, 3. Gerrit Visser, 2. Janus Venter, 1. Johan Schutte. Replacements: 16. Jhques Thyssen, 17. Henty Beukes, 18. Jan Meades, 19. Zander du Toit, 20. Reinier Viljoen, 21. Aya Matroos, 22. Hlumelo Klaas, 23. Franco Smith.