Sbu Nkosi was one of five Sharks players to dive into the Stats XV after taking a big bite out of a second-rate Cheetahs outfit in Round 8 of the Currie Cup.
Nkosi and wing-mate Tythan Adams, centre Jeremy Ward, No 8 Tera Mthembu and prop Thomas du Toit all contributed to a 45-15 romp against a Cheetahs side missing the more seasoned campaigners deployed in the PRO14 opener against Ulster.
The 10 remaining spots in the Stats XV – a lineup automatically selected based on weekly stats – were filled by a trio from each of the Blue Bulls, Lions and Griquas, and Cheetahs centre Stephan Janse van Rensburg.
Du Toit was the only member of the Sharks contingent that didn’t hit triple digits in the metres-carried category, though a haul of 44 metres is, in prop terms, close to a kilometre!
Nkosi (185m), Adams (108), Ward (113) and Mthembu (104) tore through a Cheetahs defence that missed 51 tackles. Janse van Rensburg only accounted for three of those missed tackles, but made up for it with 2 tackle breaks and 2 offloads, not to mention 83 metres gained from 11 carries.
Nkosi must have set a match record for repeated sprints after making 17 carries! The Sharks winger broke 4 tackles, made 4 offloads and scored 2 tries – committing zero handling errors – and didn’t miss a tackle in 7 attempts. How the 21-year-old is not with the Springboks in Perth is a misnomer.
Libbok restored some credibility to the Bulls badge with a hat-trick while Lions flyhalf Ashlon Davids launched 8 kicks for an impressive gain of 313 metres and Griquas flanker Wendal Wehr body-slammed 25 runners.