Du Preez: Big future ahead for Nkosi

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:26

REACTION: Young Sharks wing Sibusiso Nkosi has a big future ahead of him, according to head coach Robert du Preez.

Nkosi has impressed with a number of eye-catching performances for the Durban-based franchise, which included the 22-10 win over the Stormers in Durban on Saturday.

The youngster was energetic on attack and on defence against the Cape side with his 63rd-minute try being the moment of the match after he squandered a try-scoring opportunity in the first half.

"He [Nkosi] was really good tonight [Saturday}," Du Preez told reporters after the match in Durban. 

"His work rate is just unbelievable. He's got a big future ahead of him."

The Sharks outscored the Stormers by three tries to one on the day and Du Preez praised his team's attitude during the 80 minutes.

"We were a lot more clinical, although I would have liked the guys to have kicked for polls. I was really concerned about that last penalty right in front of the polls. The fact that boys wanted to go for the bonus-point try was great," he said

Du Preez added: "Every time we had the ball in hand we kept the ball and we got over the gain line."

The Sharks coach wasn't too disappointed that his team could not get the bonus point. 

"To win is more important than the bonus point. If there was a bonus-point then that would have been fantastic. We are happy with the win," he said.

Meanwhile, Sharks duo Lukhanyo Am and Mahlatse Ralepelle are two injury concerns for the Springboks ahead of the three-Test series again France in June.

Am left the field during the match against the Stormers after "he got a knock to his eye-socket", while Ralepelle has a neck injury.

"I am not too sure how bad it is. He [Am] will have to go for a scan. 

"Chiliboy [Mahlatse Ralepelle] picked up a neck injury at the Bok camp, but he was cleared to play and he got another knock tonight [Saturday], but I am sure he will be alright," Du Preez added.


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