- Curwin Bosch will be a key player for the Sharks in the Currie Cup final against the Bulls on Saturday.
- Bosch has been the form flyhalf in the competition so far.
- According to team-mate Sbu Nkosi, Bosch has a "sparkle in his eye again".
There is no doubt that when the Sharks take on the Bulls in Saturday's Currie Cup final at Loftus, they will start the match as underdogs.
In what has been the most unique, disrupted domestic season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Jake White's charges have been largely consistent throughout Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup, where they finished the regular season on top of the log.
Under the leadership of Duane Vermeulen and with the likes of Morne Steyn, Trevor Nyakane, Ivan van Zyl, Marco van Staden and Lizo Gqoboka in their ranks, the Bulls boast pedigree all over the park.
Combined with White's proven experience at the highest level and his technical nous, the men from Pretoria look the part and nobody would be surprised if they bagged the Currie Cup on Saturday.
The Sharks, though, have pedigree of their own with 2019 World Cup winners Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am and Thomas du Toit all enjoying strong seasons.
Loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe has also been quality, but perhaps the biggest weapon in the Sharks arsenal ahead of their Loftus trip comes in the form of 23-year-old Curwin Bosch.
Having struggled to solidify his position as a natural flyhalf ever since his professional career started, Bosch has broken new ground in 2020/21 and he now looks more comfortable in the No 10 jersey than ever before.
His defence has improved significantly, his distribution is crisp and, most importantly, his kicks both out of hand and at goal are going straight and far.
In Cape Town this past weekend, Bosch was almost flawless as his right boot guided the Sharks to a semi-final win over Western Province.
The visitors were 9-0 after 12 minutes with Bosch landing three penalties that were all from between 50m and 60m.
With this weekend's final taking place on the highveld, Bosch will be expected to find even more distance.
It means he can punish the Bulls on the scoreboard when they are penalised, but it also means that Bosch can kick his side into the right areas of the field in an effort to win the territorial battle.
Speaking to media on Tuesday, both Notshe and Nkosi were full of praise for their team-mate.
"The Bulls will probably not want to give away penalties round about that 60m mark," said Notshe.
"We're happy to have him in our team and I think he's probably the best striker of the ball in the country at the moment because of what he's done at sea level and in Durban.
"I can tell you one thing and it's that I'm glad he's in my team because I know that any penalties around that mark are going in."
"I can see the sparkle in his eye again and he's on fire right now," he said.
"Everything that he puts his boot to seems to work out and I love that.
"I'm looking to give him as much confidence as a team-mate for this weekend as possible and we're looking to give him those opportunities to have a crack at goal because, right now, he is scoring everything that he is hitting.
"I'm very, very pleased to be on his team."
The kick-off time for Saturday's final is yet to be confirmed.