Bosch a threat again. Is he a Springbok bolter?

Curwin Bosch has fallen back in love with the game of rugby and is ready to deliver more match-winning performances for the Sharks in the URC.

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Bosch was named Vodacom URC Player of the Match after contributing 14 points to the Sharks’ bonus-point 29-7 victory against the Lions in Johannesburg last week, which saw the Durbanites jump up one league place from eighth to seventh.

Bosch, capped twice at Test level for the Springboks, scored a try and kicked three conversions and a penalty in a performance reminiscent of the young schoolboy No 10 who dominated and influenced wins at Grey PE and at provincial and national junior levels.

His display dazzled in difficult playing conditions and his magical try-scoring moment gave the visitors a lead they would not surrender. Bosch also launched a pinpoint 50:22 kick that provided the lineout platform for Thaakir Abrahams’s try and added a delicate grubber kick for Grant Williams to score.

“Curwin’s done well for us this season and he showed that in the second half with how he managed the game in that period with his boot,” said Sharks’ director of rugby Neil Powell post-match. “He’s put good performances together consistently and it’s great that we can rely on our 10 to lead the way.”

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Bosch was used at No 15 and No 10 prior to Powell’s arrival in Durban but the former Blitzboks coach is getting the best out of Bosch since taking over as head coach.

One of Powell’s great strengths when he took South Africa to the top of the world 7s pecking order was to inspire his players with his belief in their qualities and he always focused on the positive and on a player’s qualities. He then coached to improve the facets of a player’s game he felt were vulnerable, and he has done the same with Bosch in the URC.

Bigger occasions wait for Bosch in the back end of the league, starting with this weekend and next Saturday’s visit to Cape Town to play the champion DHL Stormers, but they are challenges Bosch views with expectation and not trepidation.

A broken thumb saw Bosch make a delayed start to the season, but the 25-year-old has credited the 11-week hiatus from the game for his renewed passion and form: “I have become a student of the game once more. Mentally, the long break was exactly what I needed. It was the longest I’ve ever been out since I left school so I had time to reflect on where I am and where I want to go.

“It gave me a chance to miss the game again. I saw a psychologist for a while to refocus my mind. Now I am looking forward to training each day and enjoying it instead of looking from Saturday to Saturday.”



Bosch is set to call the shots again on Saturday at Kings Park in a rescheduled round six encounter against Ulster, with the Irish giants travelling to Durban eager to return to winning ways. The visitors, because of the Six Nations, will be without several of their big-name players, but head coach Dan McFarland can call on veteran Springboks No 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Ulster snapped a three-game winless run in the Republic since the inception of the Vodacom URC with a dramatic round five win against the Emirates Lions in a game that ranked as one of the matches of the league. Ulster won a 76 point thriller 39-37. 

But to be successful in Durban, they will have to blunt Bosch’s brilliance.

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Curwin Bosch with his Player of the Match award. Photo: URC.

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