‘A final is motivation enough’

2018-10-24 13:01
Exciting wing S’bu Nkosi says the Sharks  are extremely hungry for  the Currie Cup title.

Exciting wing S’bu Nkosi says the Sharks are extremely hungry for the Currie Cup title. (Gallo Images)

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Ahead of a Cup final, coaches normally have a long list of tough tasks that need to be carried out before the big day arrives, such as keeping their players highly motivated for the clash.

But according to Sharks’ talented wing, S’bu Nkosi, his coach Robert du Preez can be excused from that particular duty as the Durbanites approach the Currie Cup final against Western Province this weekend.

The Sharks and Province will meet in the decider of the domestic competition for the second time in a row, on Saturday at Newlands Stadium at 4 pm.

“It’s a Currie Cup final!” said Nkosi on Tuesday.

“If that’s not motivation enough, then you are not where you are supposed to be, I don’t know what other motivation one would want.”

The 22-year-old Springbok played an instrumental role in the Sharks reaching last year’s final, which was won by Province in Durban, but he missed it after suffering a bad injury in the semi-final.

The youngster is looking forward to playing his first final at the senior level of rugby and is keen to help the Durbanites get one over Province after they were denied a chance of Currie Cup glory last year.

“I’m very much excited and I want to make sure that when we fly back to Durban the trophy is with us on the plane,” he said.

Nkosi said should they fall to Province again they wouldn’t have let just themselves and their technical team down but also a number of people associated with the brand.

“It’s been five years since we won the Currie Cup as the Sharks, so it would be a good reward for everyone that has put in the work to make sure the union stays operating and stays one of the best brands in South Africa,” said the wing.

“Especially for the people who are behind the scenes like the CEOs, the accountants and all the people we don’t necessarily see, but they do their best to keep this place pumping.

“You know, it would be great reward for them if we bring the Currie Cup title to Durban. It will also uplift Durban’s faithfuls who always come out to King’s Park to support the Sharks.”

Nkosi also doesn’t see their opponents as the favourites to clinch the title.

“Of course I don’t agree — I just want to win the Currie Cup.”

Meanwhile, Jaco Peyper will be refereeing his fourth Currie Cup final in seven seasons this week.

Saturday’s final will be the third consecutive Currie Cup final appointment for the 38-year-old Peyper.

He will be assisted by AJ Jacobs and Cwengile Jadezweni, while Shaun Veldsman will handle TMO duties.

Peyper’s first final was between the same two coastal sides, in 2012 in Durban.

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