Currie Cup

Sharks-bound Du Preez enhances Bok credentials

2017-10-28 21:03
Robert du Preez (Gallo)

Durban - Robert du Preez has done his Springbok credentials the world of good after his performance in Saturday's Currie Cup final. 

It may have been his last game in a Western Province jersey - he is on his way to the Sharks next season - but Du Preez's game management was superb as the Capetonians overturned a 21-10 deficit to win the final 33-21

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will name his squad for the end-of-year tour on Sunday, and Du Preez and Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch are the likeliest candidates to join Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies as the flyhalf options for that trip up north. 

It is the third Currie Cup game in a row that Du Preez Jnr has started and emerged victorious against his father and Sharks coach Robert du Preez Snr. 

"He played really well, especially in the second half," Du Preez Snr said of his oldest son.

"He controlled the game like a general.

"We are very pleased that he is coming to the Sharks and that will just help us with our stocks at flyhalf. Having said that, we've got some really exciting flyhalves here, but he will be a big asset for us."

Du Preez Snr added that Du Preez Jnr's game management was one of the big differences between the sides on the day.

"They controlled the game a lot better ... their game management was a lot better than ours, there is no doubt about it," the coach said.

Western Province coach John Dobson agreed that Du Preez Jnr's performance was superb, and he said that the Sharks would be a better side with his addition. 

"Rob du Preez is going to be special here (Durban) ... he is leaving Western Province and he put absolutely everything into this campaign ... everything," Dobson said.

Sport24's @LloydBurnard is in Durban covering the Currie Cup final...


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