Coach Robert a happy man

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Ken Bor­land

The Sharks left a po­ten­tial bonus point be­hind in Bloem­fontein, but coach Robert du Preez (above) was nev­er­the­less de­lighted with their 38-30 win over the Chee­tahs at the week­end, and es­pe­cially that they man­aged to score four tries.

“Un­for­tu­nately we didn’t get the bonus point, but it’s al­ways very tough to come here and win, the Chee­tahs are a very good, tal­ented side and Franco Smith is a very good coach, so you’re al­ways up against it here. So we’ll take the win any day!

“We want to score tries and we scored four, which is much bet­ter than last week when we only man­aged two against the Kings. I’m also very happy that the wings scored three of those tries, that’s al­ways good. And Kobus van Wyk scored two of those on the left, com­ing from the right-hand side, so that shows that the boys are work­ing re­ally hard,” Du Preez said.

While 19-year-old fly­half Cur­win Bosch stole the lime­light with a stel­lar dis­play, Du Preez still swears by Pat Lam­bie, who is set to re­turn to ac­tion in six weeks af­ter frac­tur­ing a ver­te­bra.

“Cur­win’s now ready to play fly­half, but Pat is in a class of his own. We’ll be in a good po­si­tion when Pat comes back be­cause then Cur­win can go back to full­back.

“The fact that he can also play there gives him more space, and he gets con­fi­dence from that. At fly­half he’s un­der pres­sure to call all the plays on at­tack, it’s a big re­spon­si­bil­ity and it’s not the same at full­back,” Du Preez said.

“Cur­win has def­i­nitely got BMT and pedi­gree, but we must all be very care­ful with how we han­dle him be­cause he is young. But he’s def­i­nitely one for the fu­ture for South African rugby.”

Du Preez also backed tight­head prop Coe­nie Oosthuizen, whose all-round game caught the eye, for a re­turn to the Spring­bok team this sea­son.

“The work that Coe­nie has done on his con­di­tion­ing has played a big role and he’s a fan­tas­tic team man. I think he’s re­ally en­joy­ing his time with the Sharks and he should def­i­nitely be in the mix again for the Spring­boks,” the for­mer in­ter­na­tional scrumhalf said.

We want to score tries and we scored four, which is much bet­ter than last week. Robert du Preez Sharks coach

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