CAPE TOWN - Mark Keohane rates Gary Teichmann as among the elite international ambassadors of world rugby. Here are his weekly rants and raves:
1: Can those naysayers take a chill pill and acknowledge the good in Curwin Bosch, as opposed to what he defensively can’t do - or is perceived not to be able to do. Bosch, in his first start at fullback for the Sharks, was electric in everything he did on attack in the 42-5 win against the Lions.
Geez, he is such a good talent. A polite request to Sharks coach Robert du Preez: ‘Please just play this kid, be it at 15 or 10.’ He will never be the finished article at 22 years-old but just let us enjoy his remarkable talents in the interim.
2: Please stay fit for the World Cup Lukhanyo Am. Pretty please! Am is the best outside centre (No 13) in South African rugby. He was imposing and impossible to keep in check against the Lions. The Sharks midfielder broke the line twice, beat five defenders, advanced 80 metres with the ball on attack and completed a wonderful attacking night with a try. It was beautiful to watch.