Currie Cup

Bosch to focus on flyhalf

2017-08-01 22:04
Curwin Bosch (Gallo)

Durban - Curwin Bosch is going to use the Currie Cup to focus on developing as a flyhalf.

That was the word from Sharks assistant coach Sean Everett at the start of the build-up to what will be a frenetic week for the Durban union, who play Griquas in Durban on Friday night, the Blue Bulls in Pretoria next Wednesday followed by the Lions in Johannesburg three days later.

Bosch was switched between fullback and flyhalf during the Super Rugby season before ending the campaign with the No 10 on his back in the quarter-final against the Lions. He also spent much of the last Currie Cup season in the last line of defence, with coach Robert du Preez being in line with the view of his predecessor Gary Gold that an apprenticeship at fullback would be good for his development.

However, most of the Sharks’ best performances during an inconsistent Super Rugby run came with Bosch at pivot, and Everett says that the Sharks will now look for continuity in that position by keeping Bosch at flyhalf.

“During Super Rugby we were disrupted with Curwin being called up to do duty with the South African Under-20 side at the Junior World Championships and Inny Radebe was injured,” said Everett.

“I think Curwin can get better and better playing in the same position each week.”

It is a largely forgotten fact now that the Sharks actually started the season with French international fullback Clement Poitrenaud expected to be the first choice. However, although he is an experienced player, Poitrenaud’s move to Durban never quite worked out - he just never made an impact and was also injured - and the discourse over who plays flyhalf in the absence of the injured Patrick Lambie has of necessity been impacted by the gap left at No 15 by the departure of Springbok Willie le Roux.

Garth April and Bosch have interchanged between 10 and 15, and Ryno Smith also played fullback for a while, but for now it looks like it will be Bosch at flyhalf and April at fullback. The Currie Cup is a good time for Bosch to get an extended run in his preferred position before next year’s Super Rugby.

Read the story on SuperSport.com. 

Read more on:    sharks  |  currie cup  |  curwin bosch  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Friday, 25 August 2017
Pumas v Blue Bulls, Nelspruit 19:00
Saturday, 26 August 2017
Western Province v Sharks, Cape Town 15:00
Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions, Bloemfontein 17:15
Friday, 01 September 2017
Blue Bulls v Griquas, Pretoria 18:15
Saturday, 02 September 2017
Golden Lions v Pumas, Johannesburg 14:00
Sharks v Free State Cheetahs, Durban 16:15
Friday, 08 September 2017
Pumas v Sharks, Nelspruit 17:00
Griquas v Golden Lions, Kimberley 19:15
Saturday, 09 September 2017
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs, Cape Town 15:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which team will be crowned 2017 Currie Cup champions?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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