Richard Ferguson

Mvovo a fast mover

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 23 Sep 2010 at 08:06
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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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  • Mvovo is not that hard a worker yet. 😈 But he is a great athlete with massive potential.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.09.10 08:42:10 by Jarson Reply
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  • Would love to see him along with Basson on the end of year tour.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.09.10 08:43:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Ja, Craig Ray is smoking his socks a bit about the workrate, but nevermind. Mvoves and Basson are the best finishers in SA Rugby, bar none!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.10 08:45:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) :

    + 1

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.10 08:55:57 by wpw Reply
  • Lwazi is a gr8 talent. Still don’t understand why he wasn’t given a chance in the S14. Anyway, he is by no means the finished article but if Jonghi Nokwe has a Springbok cap then Lwazi Mvovo certainly deserves one. If he ups his work rate off the ball, ala Snail Ndungane he will be a super star.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.10 09:05:41 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • His age is a factor, although that hasnt stopped Aplon, who must be about 28.

    One must always question why a player only makes his bones later in his career – it is often due to a lack of consistency, which will be shown up at Superrugby and Test levels.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.10 09:41:59 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : you’re a Lwazi hater? 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.10 09:48:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :
    Heck no! Big fan!

    But I call it as I see it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.10 10:17:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : just messin with you Ted 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.10 10:24:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    You Baas Ted!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.09.10 10:27:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.09.10 10:29:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan

    What time is mapoe’s case today?

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.09.10 10:32:53 by Benna08 Reply
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  • @Benna08 (Comment 12) : don’t know. But they reckon it could take up to 48 hours for a judgement to come out, so don’t expect to hear anything before Monday

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.09.10 10:38:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Rob knows everything!! 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.09.10 10:43:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : If that`s the case I`ve got some sportsbet related questions for him! 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.09.10 10:53:33 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : fire away!

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.09.10 11:10:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : You think wp will win by more than 21?

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.09.10 12:14:24 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Transkeian Boys rule mtshana wam!!! We can play rugger kwedini!!!! 😀

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.09.10 12:50:04 by Megatron Reply

  • I’m a big Mvovo fan…but I believe to be picked for the Boks you need to prove yourself over a period of more than just one season and at Super 14 level first. I have no doubt that he will be a Bok at some point because he is a classy finisher and seems to be improving with every outing.

    I do agree with Jarson though…he needs to up his workrate.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.09.10 13:13:30 by Villie Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : no

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.09.10 13:18:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Thanx. Maybe you just saved me some money.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.09.10 14:52:10 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Mvovo is a great player given some time along with Lambie and Mapoe well hv a wining team and the best team and in time the 3 of them will make the SB sides and do us proud :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.09.10 21:40:45 by chaz Reply


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