Tue 19 Jan 2021 | 07:01

WP's plan for Bosch

WP's plan for Bosch
Tue 19 Jan 2021 | 07:01
WP's plan for Bosch
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Curwin Bosch will not be the main target when Western Province and the Sharks go head-to-head at Newlands Stadium on Saturday.

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Bosch has been a class act during the domestic season and is expected to deliver yet another impressive performance in Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal.

The 23-year-old’s kicking game has reached new heights under the guidance of Sharks kicking consultant Patrick Lambie – boasting ten successful kicks form ten penalty attempts (including several long-distance kicks).

When asked about Bosch being the difference between a win or defeat WP assistant coach Dawie Snyman admitted the former Junior Bok will be a factor.

However, he conceded that the Capetonians have a plan to curb his ‘phenomenal goal-kicking prowess’.

“He [Bosch] is a phenomenal goal-kicker, so if we make a mistake or we are ill-disciplined he is going to punish us,” Snyman told reporters during the virtual press conference on Tuesday.

“However, to make sure he [Bosch] is not effective we have to play well in other areas, therefore he won’t be our main focus.”

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He added: “We won’t target him nor hope he has an off day because we know he will be in fine form.

“He has proven during this Currie Cup he is a good player, especially under pressure,”

In terms of the other battles, the scrums will be a highly contested area given WP’s powerful forwards which includes the likes of Steven Kitshoff.

“I’m sure they will spend a lot of time working on their pack – making sure they can match us and put us under pressure,” Snyman said.

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“However, there are different ways to play the game and we are prepared for quite an even battle,

“It’s the semifinals and the guys are up for it. A final is at stakes and there are one or two Springbok positions at stake”

WP have a clean bill of health, while Siya Kolisi is up for selection after his self-isolation period due to Covid-19 protocols.

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