Flyhalf start for Bosch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Aug 2016 at 16:19
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Robert du Preez has pulled the first big selection surprise of his tenure, in naming 19 year old Curwin Bosch at flyhalf for his side’s Currie Cup opener.

Du Preez has stuck with the bulk of the side that featured in the Super Rugby knock-outs for Friday’s tough game against the Pumas in Nelspruit. Keegan Daniel leads a forward pack that sees Dale Chadwick and Lourens Adriaanse come in at prop. Franco Marais, Etienne Oosthuizen, Stephan Lewies, Jean-Luc du Preez and Philip van der Walt join Daniel in a pack that must surely rate as one of the strongest units in the competition.

Michael Claassens and Andre Esterhuizen will be on either side of Bosch and will provide an experienced head and a lot of defensive muscle respectively. Garth April is completely omitted this week, with the Sharks confirming that a breach of team protocol is the reason for that selection decision. Either way, young Bosch now has the bit between his teeth and will answer a number of questions relating to his readiness for a general role at this level.

Outside of Esterhuizen, things look a little less settled. Odwa Ndungane plays fullback this week (with Rhyno Smith seemingly a victim of the Leopards’ potential last-minute Premier Division elevation). S’bura Sithole will have an opportunity to cement a place at left wing, while Kings loan player – and “find” – Lukhanyo Am starts at outside centre. Another debutant, Neil Maritz, will play on the right wing.

The bench is strong and also packed withe Super Rugby experience. Thomas du Toit covers both prop positions, with Chiliboy Ralepelle and Ruan Botha set to add tight five impact. Tera Mtembu is the loose forward cover. Another youngster, Inny-Christian Radebe, is sandwiched between Stefan Ungerer and Heimar Williams, who both have higher-level experience to their names.

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (capt), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Dale Chadwick
16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Inny-Christian Radebe, 22 Heimar Williams


  • Franco is a good player, but how does he keep Chillyboy out of the starting team? Or have I missed something somewhere?

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.16 16:21:33 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Strong starting pack and guys on the bench- really need the Sharks forwards to stand up in this comp and show a bit of aggression and dominance. Unsure of the backs really but all good individual names. Claasens needs to play a lot better than he has in previous weeks. Interested to see how these backline guys go…including the reserves.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.16 16:21:56 by SheldonK Reply
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : I’m also wondering at what stage Chili comes in to start….

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.16 16:25:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • I am glad that Bosch is starting at 10 though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.16 16:26:58 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Interesting picks.

    Will be keen to see how Bosch does at 10 at this level, and think it is a good idea that he has experienced heads around him. The same for Odwa at the back with some ‘newer’ wings in the mix just to settle things down.

    Agree with Sheldon that the pack really should dominate, and need to start showing some mongrel.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.16 16:27:05 by stevovo Reply
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  • Is SARU seriously still sticking with the now archaic 7-man bench? How many other professional rugby comps still do?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.16 16:34:51 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I like this team !! Really glad for bosch and Maritz but i would have liked Eksteen at 15 but this is what CC is about giving the young guys a chance

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.16 16:47:44 by John Reply

  • Ruan Botha on the Bench ?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.16 16:49:44 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 8) : ja – Lewies and Esterhuizen have both been very good so far

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.16 16:58:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 8) : Lewies has earned his spot, plays with a lot of heart and is good at his position, although I have no doubt that Botha will get his shot. I would prefer not to even talk about the possibility of someone getting hurt in a game, but it does tend to rear its head from time to time.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.16 17:18:21 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Oosthuizen? Yip he has been very good.

    Botha will hopefully build his fitness as both Lewies and especially Oosthuizen have played alot

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.16 17:30:13 by Kabouter Reply

  • I must say I would have rather had April at fullback. Odwa is good and stable but when are we ever going to stop depending on him and start building the younger men. April desperately needs to bounce back now or he may never do so again.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.16 18:10:44 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 12) : yes, he needs to.

    I’m sure Rob isn’t going to be a doos once the lesson has been taken onboard

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.16 18:50:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Like that style! Also could give April more motivation to come back and shine

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.16 21:33:14 by Kabouter Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : must say I’m glad he’s showing the players from the start that he will not be taking any shit from them no matter who you are!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.08.16 22:13:20 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 15) : I just hope he doesn’t have the win at all costs attitude which makes some coaches neglect depth and succession so they can field the absolute strongest team for each game. Hope Rob is a smart boxer. With a good succession plan and adequate exposure even the b team players from another union can be turned into a winning a team. Ask the Lions. ; )

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.08.16 23:24:52 by coolfusion Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : how did Esterhuizen play against the canes , I heard he didn’t play the full match? Was he playing bad or injurie?

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.08.16 07:43:26 by schrodingers cat Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : I think it just comes down to team balance. He offers so much coming off the bench in both experience and skills that regardless of who is on he ballances the pack. He fetches well so if our no 4 goes off we still slow the ball down and he scrums well so you cN have tdt replacing lourens and you still have stability.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.08.16 07:58:00 by byron Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : I agree in principle, but to my mind, this Currie Cup season is short enough that you don’t actually need to rotate much. Would rather see us take this team, bar one or two changes here and there, all the way through.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.08.16 09:45:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @schrodingers cat (Comment 17) : he was no worse than all the others 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.08.16 09:46:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : @robdylan (Comment 19) : must say I do think RdP is the type of person that can get the most out of his players.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.08.16 13:48:10 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Ha look and the team as it stands does look like it will answer some questions on certain players like radebe mjekevu April and sithole. Let’s hope he sticks it out and gets those answers with the remainder of cc. Also if we do play friendlies these should be the elements exposed not the guys we are already sure of.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.08.16 06:48:56 by coolfusion Reply

  • I am quite interested to see how Esterhuizen and Am combine in midfield…if they can work well that is some serious size in midfield for us.

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.08.16 08:19:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • Would like for Louw to get a chance this CC i think he is a better player than heimar

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.08.16 09:36:06 by John Reply


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