- There is a new kid on the block in Durban.
On Saturday in his Currie Cup
debut against the Blue Bulls, 20-year-old Aphelele Fassi came off the bench
and onto the Kings Park turf with about 20 minutes remaining in the
Just three minutes later, Fassi
was diving over the try line and celebrating his first score in Currie Cup
rugby when he pounced on an error from Bulls flyhalf Manie Libbok.
The tall, lanky speedster thought
he had scored a second just a few minutes later, but the TMO ruled that he had
received a forward pass.
Either way, it was a debut to
remember for the King William's Town-born finisher.
"He's a special kid and very
talented," coach Robert du Preez said of Fassi, who matriculated from Dale
"We play him on the wing and
he is actually a fullback. It's great to have a guy like that in your set-up,
but he has to keep working hard.
"Hopefully he will get a
start soon. I'm not concerned about starting him at all ... he can start any
The Sharks ran out 26-10 winners
in their season-opener, and Du Preez was pleased with what he saw.
"I'm very pleased with the
defence. I thought that was outstanding and that showed the attitude of the
players," he said.
"It's such a short
competition that you have to win all of your matches at home.
"We've got to be accurate in
every game, so preparation is important."
The Sharks are in action again on
Saturday when they take on the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.