Bosch glad to be back at flyhalf

2019-07-31 14:08
Sharks player Curwin Bosch is happy to be back at flyhalf and looking to get better each week.
PHOTO: gallo images

Sharks player Curwin Bosch is happy to be back at flyhalf and looking to get better each week. PHOTO: gallo images

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Being at the “centre” of a controversy that has seen some heads roll at the Sharks has not affected Curwin Bosch adversely. In fact, the young and talented flyhalf has learnt from it.

The 22-year-old Bosch is back at the Sharks and enjoying his rugby at flyhalf in the Currie Cup on a regular basis after being sidelined and shifted to fullback. That was because recently-sacked Sharks coach Robert du Preez preferred his son, Robert junior, in the key role despite an outcry from the public and media for Bosch to be there instead.

That was also seen as stalling Bosch’s Springbok career, which had just kicked off, and was why there were calls for at least a rotation compromise in the position.

As the player continued to be overlooked, stories of him looking for a new home started doing the rounds.

But now that the Du Preez family, including twins Jean-Luc and Daniel, are all history at the Durban-based outfit, Bosch is having the time of his life under new coach Sean Everitt.

“It has been very nice [to be back at flyhalf], I’ve been working with coach Dave [Williams, attack coach] closely throughout the year,” Bosch said on Tuesday. “There are a few things that we keep working hard on, such as my attacking game, to try to be better every week. Ja, it’s been a nice challenge.”

Some might say that being the apparent victim of the nepotism issue at the Sharks couldn’t have been easy on the player, but he said he had to manage the situation.

“No [it didn’t affect me in a negative way]. I think that’s all part of the game,” he said.

“We’ve all got our opinions on a lot of things and I think it was just a big learning curve for me. I obviously learnt a lot of things such as space and timing at 15, and I think going forward that’s going to benefit me whether I play at flyhalf or fullback.”

The Sharks return to Currie Cup action against the Pumas on Saturday in Nelspruit after they enjoyed a bye last weekend.

After playing three matches in the competition so far, the Pumas are still searching for their first win and will be desperate for one against the Sharks.

“Without a doubt, beating the Pumas at their home will be a challenge. We know what to expect, they are going to be a physical side and you can see that they are trying to speed up their game a little bit,” said Bosch. “... We are aware of the challenge that lies ahead, but we are looking forward to it.

“If you look at the stats, they are a team that concedes the least tries in the first 20 minutes, but they also concede the most in the last 20 minutes. So, it’s going to take a lot of patience ... We do have a plan to counter them,” he added.

The game at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday will kick off at 3 pm.

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