Sharks' Bosch making most of No 10 backing
Sharks playmaker Curwin Bosch has
been in superb form this Super
Rugby season and has entered the Springbok conversation.
A player who has been at the
Sharks since 2016, the 22-year-old endured a frustrating time at the franchise
under the leadership of former coach Robert du Preez when it came to settling
on a position.
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With Du Preez backing his son
Robert du Preez Jnr at flyhalf, Bosch played a lot of his rugby at fullback
during that time.
With the arrival of Sean Everitt
this season, though, Bosch has been given the platform to make the No 10 jersey
his own and he has risen to the task.
Bosch has started all four of the
matches the Sharks have won so far in 2020 while he did not feature in their
loss to the Hurricanes as he was attending to a family emergency.
His form has seen him included
in Springbok selection speculation this season, but he is not getting too
carried away with that.
"The most important thing
for me is to perform for the Sharks ... that's my priority," Bosch said
after being named in the side for Saturday's clash against the Jaguares in
"Obviously it's a goal and a
dream of mine to play for the Springboks again but I need the team to do well
in order for me to get there."
On being backed at flyhalf, Bosch
acknowledged that the peace of mind had been good for him.
"It's good to have that
consistency. I always knew going into the season that I was going to get game
time at No 10, so I could really put my mind and energy into becoming better
week in and week out," he said.
"It helps having the players
around me like [scrumhalf] Louis Schreuder who has over 100 caps in Super Rugby
and Andre Esterhuizen and Lukhanyo Am who have played for the Springboks.
"There are a lot of good
leaders within the squad, so a lot of credit must go to the guys around me who
make my game a lot easier."
If the Sharks win on Saturday,
they will move to the top of the South African Conference.
Kick-off is at 15:05.
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi,
13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin
Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5
Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17
Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Henco Venter, 21
Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Madosh Tambwe
- Compiled by Lloyd Burnard