Durban says Goodbye To A Legend!
Durban said goodbye to a legend at Growthpoint Kings Park stadium last night as Jacques Botes played his last game for Durban’s Cell C Sharks. In a fitting tribute to him, the Sharks powered their way to their third straight victory, winning 26 – 23 against the Golden Lions in the ABSA Currie Cup match.
Sharks Captain Tera Mtembu said, “I’d just like to congratulate Jacques Botes for his record. He is an absolute legend, and his presence in the team has made it easy for me as captain. What a man! He’s a role model to all of us and I’d also like to say thanks to the crowd for your support.”
Jacques Named Man Of The Match
As Durban says goodbye to a legend, he was named man of the match in last night’s game, his final match before moving into a new role within the Union. Leaving behind a record that will be hard to break, this amazing player has over 270 first class caps to his name, with more than 240 of them for the Cell C Sharks.
Jacques was quoted as before the match saying, “To sum up my career at the Cell C Sharks in a couple of words is really difficult. Firstly I want to thank all the people who gave me the opportunities, the grace of the company to allow me to travel this journey, from players to coaches to medical staff to administrators, family, and in particular my wife Nadia, her support and love have been unwavering.”
When discussing what it was like to have played with the Cell C Sharks, he had this to say, “The wonderful thing about the Cell C Sharks, and it’s helped my career, is that you play with a better quality of player and they make you look better as well.”
As Durban says goodbye to this legend, we would like to wish this icon of Durban Rugby all the best in the future.
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