Durban - Sharks midfielder Andre Esterhuizen hopes to prove
his worth in the senior team during the Currie Cup this season.
Esterhuizen is one of the standout young talents coming
through the system. He showed his potential during Super Rugby earlier this
season, and has been a top performer for the Sharks during their current
The 21-year-old has played wing and centre for the Sharks
during the opening rounds, and is enjoying his opportunities.
“My goal is to establish myself as one of the top centres at
the Sharks, especially ahead of the next Super Rugby campaign. I want to use
this Currie Cup as a platform to showcase my abilities,” Esterhuizen told
“I’ve played two matches at wing, and that has helped me a
lot. That has given me experience in a different position, which also improves
my development in terms of defence and my overall work ethic.
“I’m happy with my performances so far, but there’s always
room for improvement. I want to continue improving as a player every weekend.”
While the Sharks have lost two of their opening three
matches to date, Esterhuizen added there’s a positive vibe among the players,
which contributes to the overall synergy in the squad.
“We were disappointed with our Super Rugby campaign, so
we’re using this Currie Cup to rebuild,” said Esterhuizen.
“Our main aim is to improve
and to enjoy ourselves. If we can achieve that, we can do very well during the
tournament. Maybe even win it.
“We’ve shown massive signs of improvement in recent weeks,
so we’re hoping to continue that trend. We face the EP Kings this weekend, and
we want to make a strong statement with good collective performance.”
Esterhuizen, who was born and raised in Potchefstroom and
attended Klerksdorp High School, said he’s enjoying life in Durban.
“Durban is definitely different to what I’m used to. During
winter, we still enjoy some warm weather. The temperature even went up to 25°C.
I love it here.”
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