The Vodacom Bulls are poised to ‘carry the warmth’ to Cape City by letting unfastened a prodigious expertise within the Currie Cup conflict towards DHL Western Province on Saturday.
Having turned their Currie Cup marketing campaign round with three successive wins, the Bulls will journey to Cape City on a excessive, seeking to get a primary win within the north-south derby this season.
Aiding the Bulls of their quest is an in-form Sibongile Novuka, the rookie winger recent from scoring a match-winning hat-trick towards the Sharks in Durban.
The 25-year-old, who was raised in Alice and attended Nzululwazi Secondary College, began his journey in direction of skilled rugby within the Varsity Defend, first taking part in for the College of Fort Hare, earlier than transferring to UKZN.
Novuka was plucked from the event by the Bulls and has since set about proving his potential on the high degree, starring within the Currie Cup and even scoring within the Champions Cup victory over Lyon in Pretoria.
Throughout a Bulls convention on Tuesday, Novuka shared how he got here to earn the nickname ‘Izzy’, so named after the well-known ex-Wallabies fullback.
“It was after I went for Craven Week trails in Grade 11,” defined Novuka. “I used to be taking part in very properly and I used to be tall. So the coach on the time instructed me that I used to be taking part in like Israel Folau. He gave me the nickname so ever since then I’ve been Izzy.”
Whereas Western Province go into the sport on the again of two losses, Novuka is aware of how essential a win in Cape City may very well be, particularly forward of subsequent weekend’s Vodacom United Rugby Championship quarter-finals towards the DHL Stormers.
“They’re a very good facet. They’re taking part in very well. I watched final week once they had been taking part in towards the Pumas they usually performed very properly,” stated Novuka.
“I hope that we’ll carry the warmth on Saturday. We wish to play some good rugby earlier than subsequent week. That might be good for the URC facet.”
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