Sharks wing Lwazi Mvovo is certainly a man who could finds himself in green and gold in November after a strong Currie Cup that has so far yielded him nine tries.
Springbok places are at stake as the tournament reaches the business end in the coming month and players in winning teams will have an advantage when the final selection is made. The Sharks top the standings by eight points.
Mvovo’s try-scoring feats are impressive, but it’s his strength, awareness and hunger for work that stand out. He’s not a wing who simply runs the ball over the whitewash once the hard work has been done. He’s a player who looks for work and pops up in places where by rights he has no business.
With Bryan Habana likely to be rested for the five-week slog through Britain and Ireland, openings for new faces are guaranteed and Mvovo has done enough to earn his place in a Bok touring party.
On heavier northern hemisphere fields his 91kg physique and low centre of gravity will be vital assets. On cold, rainy November days, strength trumps pure speed.
Hailing from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Mvovo applied to the Sharks Academy as a 19-year-old and has slowly risen through the ranks. At 24, he’s not a youngster any more and this is only his second year in the Currie Cup. But his having worked hard to achieve modest success underlines that he’s not a one-season wonder.
This is exactly what the Sharks are trying to do this season. They meet the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday where victory will at the very least secure second place on the standings. The Lions have improved but, after last week’s 24-21 loss to the Blue Bulls, only a victory will suffice this weekend. They are one point behind the fourth-placed Cheetahs and two adrift of the Bulls, who meet the Leopards on Saturday.
Western Province, second on the standings with 38 points, face Griquas at Newlands tomorrow. The visitors simply have to win their remaining three matches to have a chance of making the play-offs, while the home team are in a fight for a home semifinal.
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