Exciting talent discovered during the 2010 Currie Cup
Some future superstars of world rugby were discovered during the 2010 Currie Cup, which concluded with the Shark’s 30-10 victory over Western Province in Durban last Saturday.
Perhaps the most noteworthy of these is Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who, despite being only 20 years of age, completely dominated both the semi-final match against the defending champion Bulls, as well as the final, in which he scored 2 tries in his haul of 25 points, earning the man of the match award.
Lambie will start for the Springboks against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday, which will make him the first ever past pupil from the prestigious high school, Michaelhouse, to represent the national rugby team.
He seems to effortlessly break through tackles as if it is his lawful right to do so, while always appearing to take the right option on attack.
He reminds me a lot of former All Black fullback Christian Cullen - always dangerous with the ball in hand and always exciting to watch. He seems to effortlessly break through tackles as if it is his lawful right to do so, while always appearing to take the right option on attack.
His Sharks teammate, Lwazi Mvovo, was another youngster who seriously impressed throughout his first full season of Currie Cup rugby. He scored 12 tries in 16 matches during the tournament, demonstrating speed, strength and a deceptive side step.
The 24-year-old, who comes from Umtata in the Eastern Cape, has also been included in the Springbok squad for the end of year tour.
Lions flyhalf, Elton Jantjies, who turned 20 during the Currie Cup, was named South Africa’s Young Player of the Year following some excellent performances during the Currie Cup.
He was largely credited with the much-improved performance of the Johannesburg team this season and has also been included in the Springbok squad as a result.
The match between Ireland and South Africa on Saturday, November 6, starts at 7.30pm South African time.