Bosch goes back to pivot
Curwin Bosch has been returned to flyhalf in the Cell C Sharks team that will go on a bonus point hunt against the Melbourne Rebels in their comeback match from their first Vodacom Super Rugby bye in Durban on Saturday.
The former South African Schools pivot was moved to fullback due to an enforced late change in the Sharks’ last match, which was the win over the Jaguares at Kings Park two weeks ago. Inny Radebe took over the No10 jersey in that game, but with Rhyno Smith coming in at fullback this week, it is Bernhard Janse van Rensburg who takes over the flyhalf back-up duties on the bench.
It will be recalled that Van Rensburg was entrusted with the starting flyhalf duties in the first match after Patrick Lambie was injured against the Waratahs. Bosch had played well in the pivot position as Lambie’s replacement, but Du Preez preferred to have him at fullback, with Van Rensburg selected as first receiver, but Van Rensburg, a Junior Springbok flyhalf, delivered an anonymous performance in the narrow win over the Southern Kings and hasn’t been in the Sharks match day squad since.
In all there are two changes at the back if you factor in the positional switch, and one at forward, where Jean-Luc du Preez has been ruled out with an ankle injury. His place will be taken in the loose trio by Philip van der Walt. Jacques Vermeulen provides loose-forward cover from the bench.
Coach Du Preez said he was excited by the progress his young team has made so far this season and is hopeful there will be further improvement against the Rebels.
“Our performances have shown that our young team has the talent and the temperament to succeed and we can still improve more. What excites us is the work ethic and commitment shown by the players,” said Du Preez.
“The Rebels have just come off a very good win over the Brumbies and will want to start off their tour of South Africa on a positive note. Like the other Australian sides, they like to spread the ball wide and play a positive game. We had a good training week and certainly will not be taking them lightly.”
Indeed, the Sharks know all about the perils of underestimating visitors to Kings Park after so nearly coming unstuck against the Southern Kings a month ago.
Cell C Sharks team: Rhyno Smith, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Lwazi Mvovo, Curwin Bosch, Cobus Reinach, Daniel du Preez, Philip van der Walt, Tera Mtembu (captain), Stephan Lewies, Etienne Oosthuizen, Coenie Oosthuizen, Franco Marais, Beast Mtawarira. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Thomas du Toit, Lourens Adriaanse, Ruan Botha, Jacques Vermeulen, Michael Claassens, Bernhard Janse van Rensburg, Jeremy Ward.