Youngsters breathe life into Sharks' Currie Cup campaign
CURRIE CUP SPOTLIGHT: Sharks head coach Sean Everitt is thrilled with the way his inexperienced halfbacks have stepped up to the plate in this year’s Currie Cup.
After his impressive run-on debut against the Free State Cheetahs in Round Five, scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba, 20, produced another standout performance in his team’s crucial 30-28 victory over the Golden Lions in Round Six in Johannesburg.
Nohamba’s halfback partner at Ellis Park was the unknown Boeta Chamberlain, who made his senior debut for Sharks in that match.
The 19-year-old flyhalf was calm and assured and brought a highly educated boot to the game which often paid dividends. He also landed a monster drop goal.
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“He’s [Chamberlain] a bit of an unknown factor,” said Everitt. “I was fortunate enough to work with him last year and he kicked drop-goals a number of times in the Under -19 competition and did it in the final against the Bulls.
“I knew that if he was on top of his game he’d do well and I thought he had a great debut, coming in to fill big boots – Curwin Bosch’s – and I thought he did that admirably.
“He’ll only grow and get better. He’s 19, turning 20 this year, played a few games for SA Under 20, so he has the ability and potential and the experience he got against the Lions will certainly help him go forward.”
Everitt added: “Sanele Nohamba is a special rugby player who understands and reads the game really well and manages it like a guy who’s been there for years.
“He has a mature head on his shoulders and was outstanding again while his kicking to poles was a massive plus for us with Curwin not being there. He actually asked for the kicking duties; that’s the confidence he has within himself and it’s always nice to coach a player like that. He also calls the plays and we look forward to what he still has to offer.”
With one round left to play in the pool stages, a defeat in Pretoria could see the Sharks miss out on a play-off place. Should the they defeat the Blue Bulls and other results go their way, a home semifinal is a real possibility for the Durbanites.
“There are some interesting scenarios ahead,” Everitt said. “After what we’ve been through, I think the guys will be very happy with a semifinal spot, but the cherry on the top would be a home semi and hopefully a home Final.”
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