ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Oct 29, 2018

Currie Cup winning flyhalf swaps one Sharks for another as deal is announced

The Natal Sharks won away from home on Saturday to pick up their first Currie Cup title since 2013 as they beat Western Province 17-12 in Cape Town. It was sweet revenge for the Sharks, who beat the defending champions after losing to them in the final last year. 

ADVERTISEMENT

The first half was a scrappy affair in sweltering heat but tries by Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe and flanker Tyler Paul brought things to life in the second, with number ten Robert du Preez slotting his kicks.

The victory was the eighth overall Currie Cup title for the Sharks and their first in five years.

Du Preez, who ironically kicked the winning points for Western Province last year before switching to the Durban based outfit, is the son of coach and former Sharks and Springboks scrumhalf Robert [snr], and brother of twins Dan and Jean-Luc, who also played in the final.

Today it was announced that he will be heading to Sale Sharks in England on a short term deal.

Capped by the Springboks last year, the 25-year-old will arrive in the UK this week in order to prepare for the upcoming Gallagher Premiership games.

Sale Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “Rob comes with an outstanding CV and will be a fantastic injury replacement for AJ MacGinty. He arrives at the end of this week for three months.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I have been very impressed with Kieran Wilkinson who has done a great job stepping in at ten, but with some important games coming up, Rob will bring more experience to our squad.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the North West of England.”

On the Currie Cup final victory, Natal Sharks coach Du Preez senior said how proud he is of his sons.

“I’m very proud of Robert junior, I’m very proud of Jean-Luc and Dan. It’s just an absolute honour to have won this title. I’m a very proud dad.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It was definitely a relief to have Robert junior in my team because I’ve never won when I coached against him in the final when he was playing for Maties and obviously Province. I’m glad for him to win these back-to-back Currie Cup titles.”

Catch up on extended Currie Cup final highlights below [12 minutes]

credit: supersport

Related Articles

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Business opportunity sees Tana Umaga step...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Springboks will remain top regardless of...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Gatland replacement shortlist grows for Lions...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Electric Reinach embarrasses 108kg number eight and runs 80 metres to score stunner

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Quade Cooper stars in lovely Wallabies try with trademark backdoor pass

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Koroibete montage shows what Wallabies will miss after winger's shock exit

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Analysis of Dombrandt performance shows unseen work of potential England number eight

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Six minutes of Nick Tompkins highlights will leave fans questioning his lack of Test caps

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Nasty video of pro rugby's 'most brutal' red cards is simply a must watch

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Top 14 brawl spills into dug out as tensions fly during feisty Toulouse vs Castres clash

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Joe Marler's yellow card vs Bath looks worse the more you watch it

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    HEAD LOSS: The time Steyn clobbered Kolbe, saw yellow, then clapped the crowd

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Horror knock out a result of 'inadvisable' body position by 110kg Samoan number eight

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    French wingers nearly cough up guaranteed try in Top 14 victory

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Questions remain for rugby in USA in wake of All Black thrashing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Wasps coaches handed one-week bans after misbehaving on the sidelines

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live Danny Care’s crazy brain fade which sent Martin Johnson into a rage

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Analysis of Dombrandt performance shows unseen work of potential England number eight

View All

Funnies

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Erasmus celebrates Boks win over All Blacks in his UNDERWEAR

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Twenty years on since hilarious All Blacks howler almost gave Argentina famous test win

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Five minutes of Mike Phillips scrum half 'sh*thousery' is comedy gold....mostly

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Five minutes of Faf de Klerk on-pitch shenanigans is pure gold to watch

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Montoya calls All Blacks star a pu**y in hilarious head loss moment

View All

Amateur

  • 51 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 88 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 89 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    New Tongan Thor montage is five minutes of mesmerising hits and skills

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 35 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 41 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 42 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

View All