Currie Cup cap milestone for Botes tonight

2014-08-29 00:00

SHARKS flank Jacques Botes will become the first player in history to earn 150 caps in the Currie Cup when he runs out against the Pumas tonight.

Although he is in his 10th year at the Sharks, Botes started his career at the Pumas and it seems fitting that he plays his 150th game against the team who got his rugby career going.

After earning 42 caps for the Mpumalanga based side (27 of those in the Currie Cup), Botes moved to Durban in 2005 to play for the Sharks and has never looked back.

Tonight he plays his 123rd match for the Sharks to complete 150 appearances in the competition.

The Sharks veteran also revealed at the beginning of the season that this would be his last. Despite that fact, he is playing a big role in the Sharks camp this year as a mentor to the younger players.

Sharks captain Tera Mtembu has spoken fondly of Botes’s influence this season and the pair have been reviewing games and performances together.

Although he is already 33 years old, Botes has looked in fine form and one wonders why he did not feature more frequently in this year’s Super Rugby.

Nevertheless the veteran is giving the Sharks one final season of hard work and has already earned two man-of-the-match performances in just three games.

His team-mates will no doubt be looking to him for inspiration tonight as they take on a tough Pumas outfit in their back yard.

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