10.9.2019 08:01 pm
South African rugby’s depth might continually be questioned, but this vintage shows the conveyor belt is still running.
This year's Currie Cup, given the absence of the Springboks and the continued exodus of stalwarts overseas, was particularly rich in producing new heroes.
Ivan van Rooyen’s troops still didn’t fire on all cylinders, but defended well and scrummed superbly against a Griqua team that forgot some of their strengths.
Sean Everitt is wary of his counterpart Franco Smith’s shrewd use of the bench.
The rookie Lions winger was suspended for 22 months for a doping offence that could easily have been avoided. But he’s making up for lost time.
And it’s the unlucky Henry ‘Boeta’ Chamberlain who’s the biggest victim of the shuffling.
Cash van Rooyen believes the adversity of the Peacock Blues losing their inspirational coach make them hungrier for glory.
The versatile Sharks prop missed the cut for the Boks’ World Cup squad, but you won’t hear him complaining too much.
But the two most successful unions in the hallowed domestic tournament didn’t make the cut.
Griquas need not complicate things in their home semifinal quest and Province encourage Damian Willemse’s ‘selfishness’.
Coach Pote Human can’t wait to see what the Bok prop has bottled up after missing out on World Cup selection.
After being released from the national squad, the bustling flanker is ready to help his beloved Bulls prolong their Currie Cup campaign.
But there’s some great news for high-flying Griquas.
14-man Blue Bulls launch a heroic rearguard as the Sharks get back on track.
It’s patently undeniable: all that matters is Siya Kolisi’s return to competitive action.