If you consider a typical South African lock, issues like nice lineout operator, excessive work fee, highly effective carrying skill and bone-shuddering defence come to thoughts.
The very last thing you concentrate on is a 2m plus participant’s skill to do the entire above after which be capable of put teammates into house with a stunning go or an offload within the deal with.
However being an enforcer, and having the smooth touches of an inside again, are the traits that the most recent participant out of the Springboks’ lock manufacturing unit brings to the social gathering.
RG Snyman (Rudolph Gerhardus based on his ID e book) had a debut to recollect final weekend within the first Take a look at towards England, taking part in the total 80 minutes at Ellis Park and showcasing his array of expertise within the tight-loose and from damaged play.
Potchefstroom-born Snyman used his 2.06m-125kg body to climb into the English with venom, but additionally caught the attention when he broke the road and confirmed a ton of pace to evade defenders.
“When I realised no one was tackling me I just decided to go for it,” the 23-year-old stated with a smile. “I was giving the two debutant wingers a bit of trouble. I was looking for them but they didn’t seem to come. I’ll have to slow down for them next time!”
It is in all probability the rationale why one journalist requested him throughout Wednesday’s press convention if he thinks that he could be the top consequence if the legendary Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha might have a child.
“I played a bit of flyhalf in primary school so maybe it was a bit of skill development then,” Snyman joked.
“That is a tough question [if he is a combination of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha] . It is for you to decide. I just play my game.”
For many gamers, their debuts are usually a little bit of a blur, due to the emotion of the event. However Snyman — an Affies graduate and former SA Faculties, Junior Springboks and SA A participant — remembers the whole lot, particularly the half when the Boks had been 24-Three behind after the primary quarter.
The Bulls lock expects the second Take a look at to be even harder, as England look to get again within the collection on the Free State Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“In the first 20 minutes it felt like it was never going to end,” Springbok quantity 906 stated of that first 20 minutes. “After that I was happy that we got it together. Duane (Vermeulen) had a talk to us behind the posts and we pulled it through nicely.”
“Like us, I think they also learnt from that first Test. They’ll come back harder this week. They got to Faf (de Klerk) a bit around the fringes, so there is a bit of work to do for us. With the mauls we have put in a lot of work this week.”