Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch has come in for criticism after missing five kicks at goal in Saturday’s Currie Cup final but he still has the backing of his coach.
Bosch built his reputation as a big kicker up this season, and much was expected of him after his performance in the semi-final against Western Province. In that match, Bosch nailed kicks from inside his own half at sea-level.
Bosch built himself up but couldn’t quite get the Sharks home
It is worth noting that all five of his missed kicks were from some way out and none of them fell short of the posts, but the Sharks flyhalf did struggle a little with his direction.
Bosch has shown promise as a flyhalf and his kicking game has improved and his coach is right to give him the backing after he finished as the Currie Cup’s leading points-scorer.
“I’m not disappointed that he didn’t kick everything over. He’s done it time and time again for us this year. It’s like golfers – you have a bad day, and maybe today he wasn’t up to the standard that we are used to. But, that guy has been amazing for us,” Sharks coach Sean Everitt said.
Criticism of flyhalf unfair
Everitt said that it wouldn’t be fair to tear down Bosch as both Morne Steyn and Chris Smith who replaced the former Springbok in the second half, missed kicks. Smith missed a penalty goal attempt after the hooter, a kick that would have clinched the Currie Cup in regular time.
“Like I said during the week, he pulled us out of the trenches, and unfortunately, today it didn’t go his way. Morné missed kicks, and Chris Smith missed one to win the game after 80 minutes. So, we can look at all the kickers in that respect, if you like,” Everitt said.
Bosch still has a way to go to prove he is an international quality flyhalf, but if he keeps improving the Sharks will be vindicated in their support of the number ten.