Currie Cup

Stick does not regret change

2010-07-20 22:44
Mzwandile Stick (Gallo Images)
Michael Green

Port Elizabeth – Former Springbok sevens captain Mzwandile Stick is not disappointed that he has swopped the code for 15-man rugby.

Stick, 26, has been a virtual certainty in the national Sevens squad since 2004.

By the end of last year he and another Eastern Cape Sevens Bok, Mpho Mbiyozo, decided to focus on “normal” rugby again.

Mbiyozo is still recovering from a shoulder injury, but Stick has already had a little playing time at the Eastern Province Kings.

He will be on the EP substitutes bench on Friday when they play a Currie Cup First Division match against the Griffons at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“It does not bother me that I will start off the substitutes bench,” said Stick.

“To tell the truth, it’s a big adaptation to go from Sevens to 15-man rugby.”

Stick has only played 29 matches since starting senior provincial rugby in 2003.

“As a decision-maker I have to adapt in a number of ways. It will probably be easier for Mpho as a flanker,” said Stick.

“You have to take risks in Sevens, but in 15-man rugby it’s a matter of safety first.”

He prefers to play flyhalf, but will play wherever the coach picks him. Stick can also play wing and fullback, though he may lack a bit of pace on the wing.

He is not disappointed about playing Sevens for such a long time.

“It was a fantastic time in my life and I learned to handle the pressure in big tournaments in big stadiums. One thing Sevens rugby teaches you is to communicate properly on the field.”

The EP team for the clash against the Griffons is unchanged.

The EP team:

Tiger Mangweni, Norman Nelson, Wayne Stevens, De Wet Barry (captain), Justin Peach, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Donald Stevens, Darron Nell, Zolani Mofu, Jacques Potgieter, Rory Duncan, Lungelo Payi, Riaan Vermeulen, Bobby Dyer, Pumlani Nodikida.
Substitutes: Jaco Fourie, Sangoni Mxoli, Nolan Clark, Morné Hanekom, Gerrie Odendaal, Matthew Tayler-Smith, Mzwandile Stick.


Read more on:    currie cup  |  mzwandile stick


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

07 August 2015
Qualifier v Western Province, TBC 15:30
Pumas v Sharks, Mbombela Stadium 18:00
08 August 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, Free State Rugby Stadium 14:15
Eastern Province Kings v Golden Lions, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 14:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The Currie Cup is a thing of the past and attention now turns to the Springboks' end of year tour where they will play Ireland, England, Italy and Wales. How many Test matches will Heyneke Meyer's men win?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.