Sanele Nohamba in action for the Springbok Green team at Newlands on 3 October 2020.
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- Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch lauded fellow Sharks backline co-stars Sanele Nohamba and Marius Louw, who helped stand-off shine this year.
- Nohamba is considered a Bok in waiting and has impressed since making his Sharks debut in 2019.
- Marius Louw has filled in adeptly into Andre Esterhuizen’s giant-sized boots at No 12.
Pivot Curwin Bosch heaped praise on his fellow Sharks backline co-stars Sanele Nohamba and Marius Louw, who have, in many ways, allowed him to shine this year.
Scrumhalf Nohamba has drawn plaudits from all quarters of South African rugby since he took last year’s Currie Cup by storm. And he could repeat the trick this year.
Nohamba is considered a Bok in waiting and has now drawn admiration from his half-back partner Bosch, who is in search of the green and gold jersey (again) himself.
“Sanele and I have a very good understanding of each other,” said Bosch.
“We’ve gotten a lot closer during this time and he’s grown a lot as a player. There’s a lot of responsibility on him as a relatively young guy.
“He doesn’t have a lot of caps behind his name but he’s stepped up really well and he’s doing a great job at 9 with that sort of responsibility.”
Bosch might have lost Andre Esterhuizen’s 115kg, 190m beef but he’s gained a more nimble but no less confrontational and imaginative first centre in Louw.
Louw is the unassuming type, who is as deadly with the ball as without and is as keen to get others onto the ball as Bosch is wont to.
It’s a combination that could see the sparks eventually flying as the Sharks transition from Super Rugby Unlocked into the Currie Cup this Friday against the Pumas.
“Marius Louw has been in the Sharks system for a while and he’s been going really well,” said Bosch.
“He’s a quality rugby player. He obviously had big boots to fill with Andre leaving but he’s stepped up and done a great job in the 12 jersey.
“For the rest of the backline, we’ve had a little bit of disruption in the back three but all those players coming in and out are quality rugby players.
“Our game plan is very simple but effective and everyone is on the same page as far as that’s concerned.”
The Sharks are still in pursuit of their own lofty standards, set during the Super Rugby campaign cut tragically short by the coronavirus.
However, Bosch said the team was performance based and that as long as they played the way they aimed to, the results would follow in their favour.
“We are performance driven and the reason for that is so that we have something to measure,” he said.
“Sometimes you can play bad games and get the result but we know, if we perform well, the result will come our way.
“It’s really important that we stick to the structures that we put in place and we stick to the performances we want to put out there. The result will take care of itself.
“I’m pretty sure that if we perform well every single week, we’ll beat any team that we play against.
“It’s been a bit of a disruptive season, if I can put it like that.
“The Covid cases and the changes within our team have been a little bit disruptive but … I think we haven’t hit our straps yet.
“When we do, we can be really effective.”