While Saturday’s Currie Cup Final is obviously a truly huge event for all 44 of the players taking part, it will take on extra significance for Sharks centre Andries Strauss. Having signed a deal that will see him swap the black and white for the orange of the Cheetahs next season, the final will be Strauss’s last game in Sharks colours.
Sharksworld was fortunate enough to catch up with the likeable old Grey for a quick chat about the significance of this fact. “I have a lot of mixed emotions going into the weekends game,” Strauss reveals. “I want it to come quickly, because I’m very excited about playing in the final, but at the same time I don’t want it to come because I don’t want my time at the Sharks to end. Having said that it will be very special to end my time here with a victory on Saturday.” While he’s had his ups and downs with the team, just like everybody else, he acknowledges that he’s definitely going to miss the Sharks when he leaves. “I’m going to miss the people -the players that have been a big part of my life for 5 years. Durban is a great city ,but it is the people that make it special. I’m going to miss the ABSA stadium,the supporters and of course, putting on the black and white!”
So what has Andries’s favourite memory been over the course of those five years? “It has to be my debut against the Chiefs in the 2006 Super 14,| he says “while being part of a winning team in 2008 was special as well.” And what about the characters? We asked him who the funniest Sharks player was that he’s ever played with. “Rugby players are special people – you will not survive if you don’t have some sense of humour. Deon Carstens was always a good laugh but Craig Davidson takes it hands down.”
Finally, we asked Andries if he had any parting words to share with the fans. “I would like to thank all the Sharks fans out there that have stuck with this team over the years,” he says. “There have been good times and bad times and it’s during those bad times that the fans make a big difference. We appreciate all the support and I will love to see then enjoy Saturday with the team. We are going to need all the suppot out there to make it a memorable day and year!
“I would also like to thank all my friends in Durban that are not in the rugby circles, because they have supported me when times were tough amd selections didn’t go my way. I’d also like to that my family that have been rock solid behind me!”
Cheers, Dries and all the best for Saturday’s final and the future. You will be sorely missed!Tweet