Radebe enjoying more game time in Currie Cup

2017-09-07 06:00
Sharks player Inny Radebe.Photo: Netwerk24

Sharks player Inny Radebe.Photo: Netwerk24

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YOUNG Sharks player Inny Radebe is happy to be getting game time again in the Currie Cup as a fullback, although he would not mind a switch to the flyhalf position.

Radebe returned to the Sharks’ starting line-up last weekend in a 21-20 victory against Western Province, after regular fullback Garth April had been dropped for poor discipline.

The last time Radebe earned a starting berth was three weeks ago against the Blue Bulls away, which the Sharks also won.

Against Province last Saturday, the 22-year-old Radebe proved to be a useful back and had a good game, scoring the winning try in the dying minutes.

“I’m definitely enjoying playing rugby wherever it is at the moment, because I had a really tough season this year and a little bit of last year, too,” Radebe said yesterday.

“So it’s good to be back on the field for a nice length of time. “I’m also enjoying being able to play at No. 10 or 15 because it’s quite crucial that you are versatile; it’s a good experience.” In the past, some players have been reluctant to fill the role of a utility back as it resulted in them starting on the bench most of the time.

And it seems no different for the Johannesburg-born player, who has been with the Sharks for four years.

“To be honest, I would rather play in a specialist position, but as I said, the game is evolving so much that in order to get to your full potential, you need to have that versatility,” said Radebe.

“I don’t mind exploring other options as well, but flyhalf is my position of choice.” Radebe said his last-minute try against Province on Saturday was the best moment for him as a young player because it was crucial for the Durbanites to register their fifth straight victory in the Currie Cup.

“It’s a big highlight of my career so far, but I wasn’t solely responsible for it, it was a team effort,” the player said.

“I think in the second half we were in their 22 area for at least 20 minutes, so I was just in the right position at the right time.” The player is likely to start in the fullback berth again on Saturday when the Sharks host the Cheetahs at King’s Park at 4.15pm.

The Sharks will also receive a boost with young flyhalf Curwin Bosch making his way back to them after being dropped from the Springbok team. Despite Bosch being released by Bok coach Allister Coetzee, Radebe said other youngsters in the squad were still proud of their peer, who made his senior national team debut against Argentina.

“It will be awesome to have him back. I’m really excited about where he is in terms of his career and where he is going.”

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