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Currie Cup milestones for the weekend


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Aug 2011 at 09:39
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In a continuing series of articles where we’ll highlight the achievement, both big and small, coming up for our Sharks lads in the Currie Cup, let’s see what this evening’s encounter against Western Province has in store.

First up, we have Jacques Botes in line to earn a memorable 90th Currie Cup cap, should he appear off the bench tonight. It’s a bit of a bitter-sweet thing for Bootsie, who was named to start, only to be bumped down to the bench once Ryan Kankowski was released by the Boks, but being the consummate team man that he is, we know he’ll give his all. Winger Lwazi Mvovo, coming straight in from the Bok squad to start at left wing this week, will be appearing for the Sharks in the Currie Cup for the 30th time this evening.

Moving down the pecking order slightly, Wiehahn “Wors” Herbst will earn a 20th cap should he make an appearance off the bench, which is a pretty good bet for a reserve prop, while another old young Shark, Ross Skeate, earns a tenth cap tonight.

We came under a little criticism last week for highlighting a 5-cap milestone, with some readers feeling it wasn’t a significant-enough event to deserve mention. I disagree, of course, in that to me, getting over the 5-cap hurdle is an important stepping stone for any young player keen to prove that he’s not just a stopgap or flash-in-the-pan, but a serious contender who is sure to go on to great things. With that in mind, let’s hear it for Marcell Coetzee, who will definitely be getting his 5th cap tonight, and for Jandre Marais and Marius Joubert, who will both earn their fifth Sharks caps if they make it off the bench.

A number of players are looking at try milestones tonight, with Stefan Terblanche needing a single try to reach the 40-try milestone in Currie Cup rugby for the Sharks and Botes one shy of 30 Currie Cup tries (for the Sharks). Craig Burden and Odwa Ndungane need one each to have scored 20 tries, while Fred Michalak needs 6 more points to reach 100 career points for the Sharks in the Currie Cup.



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