Mvovo likes to mentor in Currie Cup team

2014-10-08 00:00

DESPITE a lack of game time for the Springboks, Sharks wing Lwazi Mvovo made massive contributions for the Sharks in the past few Currie Cup rounds.

Having been in the Bok squad for the whole Championship, Mvovo was released to play Currie Cup in the past three rounds and scored two great tries which boosted his confidence after some time on the side lines.

“It did help because I got some time off after a long Super Rugby season and I had some time to reflect on my goals and what I want to work hard on going forward,” he said.

The Bok wing admitted that not playing for the national side was tough, but he is looking at it optimistically. “Not getting some game time, you do tend to be negative but it’s a part of the game and I just knew I had to work hard going forward.

“I’m feeling very fresh and I just want to contribute as much as I can to this Currie Cup campaign,” he said.

His presence couldn’t be more crucial after centre Paul Jordaan was ruled out for six months with a fracture-dislocation of his hip.

Mvovo will still stay on the wing but it allows S’bura Sithole to move into the midfield without big disruptions outwide.

“It’s a big blow for the team but obviously there are younger guys who are waiting for their chance to play for the Sharks.

“There is no doubt in my mind that whoever fills that position will play very well.”

On that note, Mvovo is beginning to relish his role as a senior player in the side and believes it’s a big responsibility.

“I think as a senior player you need to lead and the youngsters need some guidance.

“I was once there a couple of years ago with Stefan Terblanche who took me under his wing. So I feel like I need to do the same for those guys coming through,” he said.

The likes of Tim Swiel, Sithole and Andre Esterhuizen will take a lot out of Mvovo’s experience but the nine Test Springbok believes that the Currie Cup plays an even more important role in developing their careers.

“I really love the Currie Cup and I love the platform that it gives young guys, but coming back from the Springboks, there is a bit of experience that I have to show on and off the field but it’s just lovely to be back,” Mvovo said.

Although the Sharks have already booked a semi-final spot, Mvovo said his team are primarily focused on their final fixture against Western Province.

“We take it a week at a time and I think we want to get those wins away from home to boost our confidence. A win in Cape Town in this last round-robin stage will be good for us going into the semi-finals.”

The Sharks take on Western Province on Saturday. Kick-off is at 5.05 pm at Newlands, Cape Town.

Mvovo’s Springbok career

• 9 Test caps (7 starts)

• Debut: Scotland v South Africa at Murrayfield, November 2010

• International points: 15 (3 tries)

• Last appearance: vs Scotland in Port Elizabeth, June 2014.

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