Curwin Bosch: Sharks' Mr Reliable
REACTION: It was far from pretty, however, Sharks coach Sean Everitt managed to find a positive following his team’s 19-13 win over the Cheetahs.
It was a match plagued with errors with only two tries scored in the 80 minutes.
Both teams opted for low-risk tactics with the Sharks relying heavily on the boot of their flyhalf Curwin Bosch.
The 23-year-old did not fail to deliver and proved to be the difference with a very commanding performance.
Bosch contributed 14 points to his team’s tally and created the Sharks’ late and crucial try with a neat cross-kick.
“It was difficult conditions out there and it was a physical contest as you can see by the scoreline,” coach Sean Everitt said during the post-match conference.
“There are different ways that you can combat humidity. We felt that kicking contestable kicks would be the way to do it.
“I think, when you have a flyhalf like Curwin, the team look at him for direction and to control the play. And, in these difficult conditions, he did an excellent job.
“His kicking was pinpoint. I don’t want to take anything away from the wings because Werner Kok, Yaw [Penxe], as well as Madosh Tabwe when he came on, chased very well and put the Cheetahs under a lot of pressure.
“[ Having said that] Curwin is playing with a lot of confidence. When we get our contestable kicks right, we are a very difficult team to play against,”
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Meanwhile, speaking to AFP, Bosch attributed his improved kicking prowess to Patrick Lambie, who is the Sharks kicking consultant.
“It certainly was not pretty but I was really impressed with our workrate,” said Bosch.
“I take pride in my goal-kicking and it was great to finish with a five-from-five record on Friday.
“Many thanks to former Springbok Patrick Lambie for helping me with this aspect of my game.”
The Sharks, currently second on the Super Rugby Unlocked table, will face the Griquas next weekend in Kimberley.