DURBAN – On announcing his first team for the Currie Cup, coach Robert du Preez showed off an embarrassment of riches in his ranks. Not only is the first team to face the Blue Bulls at Kings Park on Saturday at 3pm littered with Springboks, it also has a number of exciting youngsters in it.
The Sharks have named six Springboks in their starting team, including hooker and captain, Chiliboy Ralepelle, No 8, Dan du Preez, nine and ten combination Louis Schreuder and Robert du Preez, with Curwin Bosch and recently released Lwazi Mvovo in the back division.
There is a lot of continuity for the Sharks from their warm up game against Bordeaux at Moses Mabhida as Du Preez admits that, in this short competition, he wants to get off to a good start.
“On paper, it certainly looks like we have the squad to win the Currie Cup, we have to go out there and do it on the field though,” Du Preez said. “It is a short season so we have to hit the ground running and we can’t miss a beat.”
It is not only the Springboks that Du Preez is relying on to do the job as he explains the selection headaches he has had with a squad, rather than a match day 23, full of talent.
“It is a nice blend of experienced players and youngsters, and I am very excited to see how they go on Saturday,” Du Preez added.