Nkosi 'feels nothing' about duel with Bok partner
Town - One of the most intriguing battles in Saturday's Super Rugby clash between
the Lions and the Sharks in Durban will come out wide, where wings S'bu Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi are
set to lock horns.
Both players made their Springbok
debuts against England this month, playing in all three Tests as the Boks
emerged as 2-1 series winners.
In addition, both were impressive,
and they have emerged as the frontrunners to play at wing in this year's Rugby
Championship: Nkosi in the No 14 jersey and Dyantyi in No 11.
Nkosi spoke this week of how much
he took from his Springbok experience, but now the focus returns to Super Rugby
where the Sharks are fighting for their lives in an effort to make the
A win at home against the 2016
and 2017 runners-ups on Saturday is a must, and Nkosi has no time to get caught
up in the romance of going one-on-one with his Springbok partner.
"I feel nothing," Nkosi
"This is business. When we
get on the field it's my franchise against yours ... we put friendship aside.
"It's game on, especially if
you're passionate about your franchise and union and you want the best for
"You leave the friendship
and laughter for later on. We'll have a good laugh afterward."
The Lions have not lost to a
South African team in Super Rugby since 2015, but Nkosi said that was not
something that had come up in the pre-match talk.
"It's not something that
we've thought about. Maybe deep down inside we know that the Lions have not
lost for a while," he said.
"We do go in with a lot of
motivation. We have played with and against some of them, so there is a point
"It's a big South African
derby and I don't think it's one that will simmer down any time soon."
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.