DURBAN – This time last year Aphelele Fassi was the sprightly new kid on the Currie Cup block, but already this year he is a senior player given the influx of youngsters into the Sharks team from last year’s victorious Under-19 squad.
Fassi, still just 21, already has 26 Currie Cup and Super Rugby caps for the Sharks, plus a Currie Cup winners medal, and now he (and the Sharks) are just one game away from another final.
Last week he was in sensational form against the Blue Bulls, with his line-breaks from the back playing a significant role in the Sharks winning and securing a place in Saturday’s semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
“These are the games you want to play in,” Fassi said. “As a young kid growing up, you are aware of the Currie Cup as the oldest competition in rugby. We have young players like Phepsi Buthelezi, Sanele Nohamba, Dylan Richardson, Evan Roos and Boeta Chamberlain that have just come into the system and they are very excited to be in a semi-final. They are seeing it as a huge honour and privilege, as am I.”