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Energetic Jannie wants to be Lions’ Schalk Brits

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    Posted: 13-Dec-2019 at 7:32am
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The decorated former Springbok prop is already gaining plaudits for his influence ahead of next year’s Super Rugby campaign.

37-year-old rugby players, as evergreen as they may be, aren’t exactly known for totally revamping their game.

Nor, one would argue, should they be doing so at the twilight of their careers.

But if there’s one thing a self-made man (at least in the sport’s terms) in Jannie du Plessis wants to do at the Lions next season it’s emulate the influence of Schalk Brits at the Bulls earlier this year.

“He always looked after himself and was always in great shape. I never doubted his ability and he certainly proved it in 2019. That’s really something I want to emulate,” the decorated former Springbok prop said on Thursday.

“Schalk is a real asset to every team, he added value. That’s what I’d love to do for this team. I want to work for them, win their respect through my actions on the field. I enjoyed my time in France (at Montepellier), but it’s mentally nice to have new challenge.”

The fickle South African rugby public remains a tad suspicious on the true worth of experienced players such as Du Plessis, generally questioning their fitness and real motivation to bleed for a team’s cause.

Thankfully, Brits did a lot to shed that perception, at times even being considered South Africa’s best hooker in Super Rugby last season.

Given how fit Du Plessis has stayed, don’t bet on the Lions not picking the fruits.

In fact, the front-row powerhouse seems to be adopting the view that he’s actually starting from the bottom again at Ellis Park.

He’s not going to walk in to any starting XV without holding the likes of promising rookies such as Carlu Sadie at bay.

That also extends to his mentoring role in the setup, specifically with regards to some coaching inputs.

“I’m not talking a lot. The Lions are lighting a fire in me. When I feel like I can add value, or teach, I will definitely try to do it. But nothing was said to me regarding a teaching role,” said Du Plessis.

“They don’t need advice from me. The recipe they follow doesn’t need changing.”

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote valie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Dec-2019 at 10:26am
Great om dit te lees. Sal nice wees as hy dade by sy woorde kan voeg.
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Ja, dit is nogals baie nice om te lees en dalk was ons verkeerd om hom so vinnig te judge.
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Vir my gaan Doc en Willem se kontrakteering meer oor die ondervinding wat hulle bring as wat hulle op die veld bring. Ons sit met 'n jong groep spelers en hulle het "been there done that" manne nodig om hulle te help volgende jaar
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Ek sal doodgaan vir hierdie span”

Die Springbok Jannie du Plessis het die pad geloop, van sy grootwordtyd in Bloemfontein, toe in Durban sy merk gemaak, geld gemaak by Montpellier in Frankryk en nou in Johannesburg, waar hy met passie vertel dat hy terug is in sy hartland.

“Ek sal doodgaan vir hierdie span,” vertel die groot vaskop wat uit verskeie oorde gekritiseer is na sy skrumvertoning verlede naweek teen die Reds.

“Ek speel rugby vir die kameraderie, ek hou van die mensdeel van spansport, en hou van die saamwerk om ‘n gemeenskaplike doel te bereik,” vertel Jannie met passie.

Hy is so passievol dit is eintlik aansteeklik.

“Rugby is eintlik ‘n klein bietjie oorlog, dit is vir my ‘n band tussen spanmaats wat ek eintlik nie kan beskryf nie.

“Ek kan onomwonde sê dat dit so was in die meeste spanne waarin ek gespeel het. Rassie (Erasmus) het in die Vrystaat ‘n manier gehad om die beste uit sy spelers te haal.

“By die Bokke saam met John (Smit) en Victor (Matfield) onder Heyneke (Meyer) en Pieter de Villiers was ons net so tight.

“Hulle het ‘n voorbeeld vir ons gestel en ek sien weer iets waarvan by die huidige ‘Bokke.”

Jannie het in vier jaar in Frankryk hard na hierdie bestanddele gesoek, maar nooit gekry nie.

Hy kyk nou (vir die eerste keer) na ander oë na Johannesburg.

Jannie is reeds 37 jaar oud en ewenaar Matfield se getal SuperRugbywedstryde van 148 Saterdag teen die Stormers.

Daardie paadjie wat hy in Bloem begin loop het het egter nog nie ‘n einde nie.

“Ek wil so lank speel as wat ek voel dat ek waarde kan toevoeg, as ek die dag voel dat ek dit nie doen nie, sal ek halt roep. My liggaam voel nog goed.”

Na verlede naweek se skrumvertoning teen die Reds het hyself baie introspeksie gedoen. Hy het tot die gevolgtrekking gekom dat hulle die teenstanders onderskat het.

“Ons het vandeesweek hard gewerk. Skrum, gaan oor meer as een man, maar oor tydsberekning en saamtrek”

Jannie se broer Bismarck speel nog by Mopntpellier maar hy hoop dat hulle weer iewers vorentoe saam in die voorry kqan sak.

Sy pa Francois het ook vir die Oos-Vrystaat, eers op agtsteman en toe op loskop gesak.

“Sy laaste wedstryd was juis op Ellispark en verlede Saterdag was my eerste op die stadion sedert hy van ons weggevat is. Ek wou so graag goed doen.

Oupa Jannie het op Tweelingskop buite Bethlehelm op die Reitzpad geboer en die All Blacks van 1970 en die Argentyne net daarna het feestelik op die familieplaas gekuier.

Dit is duidelik Jannie hou van mense, dit maak hom tiek.

Daarom speel hy rugby en daarom het hy ‘n mediese dokter geword. “Dokter wees is bietjie dieselfde en albei is vir my ‘n groot voorreg en verantwoordelikheid.

Hy sê dit was die hand van die Here wat hom na Johannesburg gelei het. “Ek het nooit gedink ek sal dit sê nie, maar ek sal vrek vir my span. Ek is llief vir hulle.”

Hy het nege maande oor gehad om vir hom en sy kinders ‘n Franse paspoort te kry, maar wat hy nou het weeg swaarder as geld en dié voorregte.”


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I would love to see him do a fantastic job on the Ginger Ninja tomorrow. I think last Saturday gave him a wake up call. And if him and Smith and then Carlu and Sti can all play anywhere near their best, or even just 50 % better than last week, we will have a very interesting clash up front.

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I can't see Jannie giving Kitshoff problems
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Originally posted by Goue Leeu Goue Leeu wrote:

I can't see Jannie giving Kitshoff problems
Maybe not, but if he can maintain a solid platform, and let Smith give Wilco a going over, we will see some interesting battles. 
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Dink wel Sadie gaan hulle pak gee 2de helfde
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote valie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Feb-2020 at 1:52pm
Ek lees nie te veel in laasnaweek se vertoning teen die Reds nie. Gegewe die min tyd wat hulle gehad het om vir die eerste 2 wedstryde voor te berei, die maagvirus waarmee meeste van die spelers vanaf Arg af teruggekom het, tesame met 2 calls wat duidelik verkeerd geblaas was, het die manne nie te sleg gedoen nie.
Ek is seker ons gaan n baie beter skrum van die manne sien die naweek.
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