Rainbow Cup

Weekend rugby gold ... to Sharks' unlikely 'striker' Reniel Hugo

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Reniel Hugo. (Photo by Thinus Maritz/Gallo Images)
Reniel Hugo. (Photo by Thinus Maritz/Gallo Images)

Perhaps Sharks head coach Sean Everitt deserves a chunk of the main accolade: his decision to field rangy Reniel Hugo as a second-row starter paid handsome dividends as the visitors bounded away from Cape Town at the weekend with a knife-edged 33-30 triumph over the Stormers in the first round of the Rainbow Cup SA.

Considering the renowned potency of the Capetonians' scrum, he must have been tempted to start with two more No 4-styled grunt-meisters in the shape of Ruben van Heerden (not unfamiliar with a switch to five) and massive young specimen JJ van der Mescht to "bulk up" the set-piece.

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