The Sharks and Sharks High Schools Rugby Association, hosted the Griffons and Pumas in friendly inter-provincial fixtures on the 2nd and 9th October 2021. In light of the global pandemic that is still in our midst, it was a miracle that we were playing inter-provincial fixtures at that time of the year.
The purpose of these fixtures was to give our talented schoolboy rugby players a chance of showcasing their skills against quality opposition. My thanks goes out to the Griffons and Pumas for travelling down to KZN.
A fixture of this nature does not just happen overnight. A big thank you goes out to the Sharks for hosting this event at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium and for putting schoolboy rugby to the forefront.
Our appreciation must go to Dr Eduard Coetzee and his team, comprising of Mr Michael Horak, Mr Mike Vowles, Mr Donald Ngwenya, Mr Zola Mazwi and Mrs Sandra Gutierrez, for not only offering financial support to the Sharks High Schools Rugby Association, but for also hosting trials, high performance sessions and team practices.
My sincere thanks goes to Mr Wayne Usher, CEO of Peppers & Pans Catering, for not only catering for the fixtures, but also for his generous support of the Sharks High Schools Rugby Association.
Bottle water company Thirsti sponsored water and hydration for all 6 matches. We are thankful for their generosity and support.
Finally, my message to every player was to enjoy themselves. Rugby is a game that should be enjoyed, no matter where it is played, no matter who you are playing, no matter what the game situation. It is and will always be a great game and we are privileged to be part of it.
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HEAD COACH: NASEEB ABRAHAMS
In this pandemic era, it was great to see schoolboy rugby back at the Provincial level after 2 years. The pride of putting on a Sharks jersey is a dream of many schoolboys across our province and the 23 young men chosen this year did not disappoint. Captained by Sasha Kadira of Maritzburg College the Under 16 team went 2 for 2 in their respective inter provincial friendlies against the Griffons and Pumas on the legendary Kings Park Field.
The boys came out strong in game 1 against the Griffons in a dominant display and came away with a 48-7 victory. In game 2 the boys had to show some character to fight back against a great performance from the Pumas and took the lead in the last 15 minutes of the game to win 32-24.
It was a honor to be part of this team with fellow coaches Tim Orchard and Njabulo Zulu and thank you to the Sharks High School Executive, The Sharks, principals, school coaches, physios, peppers and pans,bus drivers, parents and all the players in province. Without all of you this would not be possible.