'I don't think he made a mistake'
SPOTLIGHT: Sharks head coach Sean Everitt had plenty of praise for No.8 Phepsi Buthelezi after a convincing United Rugby Championship win over the Lions in Durban on Saturday.
In wet conditions, the Sharks scored four tries to one for a comprehensive 37-10 victory, with flyhalf Curwin Bosch landing all seven of his attempts at goal.
Buthelezi, who got the man-of-the-match award, was powerful with ball in hand and he scored one of his team’s tries in the win.
He made more metres (70) with ball in hand than any other player on the field and he beat two defenders and made one clean break.
He was also the best defender on the field with 11 tackles.
“Phepsi has been our No.1 eigthman throughout the URC,” Everitt told reporters after the match.
“We did give [Sikhumbuzo] Notshe some opportunities to get back to full fitness, but Phepsi was outstanding tonight [Saturday].
“I don’t think he made a mistake this evening.
“He carried well with intent, defended well and got himself in many battles.
“I am really proud of him in difficult conditions.
“He has also improved his line-out skills and he is a guy that prepares really well and looks after himself in the week like a true professional.
“He deserves the accolade that he got and well done to him.”
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Everitt also had praise for his halfback pairing.
“I thought Jaden [Hendrikse] played well last week. He is starting to reach the form that he had when he was chosen for South Africa last year.
“Together with Curwin, they managed the game exceptionally well,” said the coach.
Meanwhile, the Sharks could have one of their stars back from injury ahead of their next clash against Leinster.
“We are hoping Aphelele Fassi will be back for the Leinster game,” said Everitt.
“We will have to see how his running goes next week.
“He started running on the field yesterday [Friday]. He has got to get through a week of training next week and then we will be able to make a decision.”