He maybe slotting over the drop-goals, but Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch's defence is still an area that needs work says coach Robert Du Preez.
The Sharks suffered a 21-33 defeat to the Western Province in Durban, as Province claimed their 34th Currie Cup title.
The Durban-side were the first under the posts but as the match gradually progressed they showed signs of trouble, in particular when it came to the scrum time.
The Western Province were dominant in the forward battle as Sharks buckled under the pressure of trio Springbok prop Wilco Louw, hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi and prop Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Aside from the troubling scrum, the Sharks suffered an injury setback when Springbok flank Jean-Luc du Preez was forced to leave the field in the 28th minute.
Nonetheless, the Sharks excelled in other areas and took a 21-15 lead at the break, which included a 43-metre drop-goal by young flyhalf Curwin Bosch.
The 20-year-old's accurate kicking made sure he contributed 11 points to his team’s overall score. But his defence - in the second half particular - was easily exploited by Province.
Sharks coach Robert Du Preez admitted the young flyhalf needs to improve in that area.
"We've worked really hard with Curwin [Bosch] on his one-on-one defence," Sharks coach Robert Du Preez Snr said, adding: "It's definitely an area of his game that he's going to have to work hard on going forward, especially playing international rugby,"
"You’ve got to make your one-on-one tackles. If you don't, then they get momentum on that half-hearted defence. It's definitely very costly,"
There was a lot of attention placed on the flyhalf battle between Bosch and Robert Du Preez Jnr ahead of the Currie Cup final but in the end, the out-going WP flyhalf's overall performance proved to be superior.
Even his father Du Preez Snr admired his son's game management after the match and stated that it was the difference between the two sides.
"Rob [Robert du Preez Jnr] played really well, especially in the second half he controlled the game like a general.
"I think his game management proved to be the difference between the two teams,"
"We are very pleased that he is coming to the Sharks, he will definitely bolster our stock at flyhalf.
"Having said that, we do have some exciting young flyhalves, but he will be a big asset,"