Barnstorming loose forward Vincent Tshituka is champing at the bit to make his much-anticipated debut for the Cell C Sharks in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship on Saturday.
A shoulder injury ruled him out of the Durbanites’ first three games of the 2022-23 URC, but Tshituka joined the tour squad in Dublin last week in preparation for a clash with Glasgow Warriors at Kings Park.
The 23-year-old was one of the top South African performers in the URC last season, winning a series of Man of the Match awards with the Emirates Lions, before moving to Durban, where he adds to a potent loose-forward stock alongside Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi and former SA U20s standout Phepsi Buthelezi.
Tshituka also complements the hard edge of world-class Bok enforcer Eben Etzebeth, primed to make his debut at The Shark Tank on Saturday.
In an article on IOL, Tshituka said: “I am well aware of the class of the loose forwards at the Sharks. This is what is going to help me take my game to the next level, because I want to be in an environment where I feel I have to constantly produce my best week in and week out.
“I have always tried to do that, but this will give me extra motivation. I can play different roles, but No 7 is my position of choice simply because it is where you are most involved in the game and that is my thing — my work ethic is my X factor.
“I want to contribute and at No 7; you are slap bang in the middle of defence, and then on attack, you are always asked to carry and create momentum.
“Can I steal ball? Yes, I have done my fair share. I feel I am versatile but I want to be in the centre of it all, so No 7 is the perfect position for me.”
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