Cape Town - Springbok
and Bulls centre Jan Serfontein says he is enjoying his rugby again
after impressive recent performances for club and country.
Serfontein was a standout performer in the Springboks' three-nil
series whitewash of France last month and also starred in the Bulls'
upset of the Sharks in Super Rugby last weekend.
The 24-year-old has credited his rejuvenation to the change of
environment in the Springbok camp after a disastrous 2016 as well as due
to the fact he is playing in his preferred position at inside centre.
“It was a good team performance against the Sharks. On a personal
level I am in good form and it feels as if a lot of things are going
right for me. It is about being at the right place at the right time and
I’m enjoying it at the moment,” Serfontein told IOL.
“It’s definitely the change in environment and getting the enjoyment
back. It all starts with the team, if the team does better then the
individuals will do better and that is what has happened at the Boks and
in our game against the Sharks.
“It is good to be back in my preferred position. It has helped to
build a partnership with Jesse and with Elton at the Boks. I started to
remember and believe in my own abilities and after a string of good
games my confidence also returned, making me believe I can still play at
the highest level. It is really nice to be enjoying my rugby again,”
He says Bok coach Allister Coetzee and his coaching staff have
created an environment where creative freedom is encouraged without the
fear of making errors.
“The coaches created an environment for us where we can express
ourselves and it was an easy and simple game-plan. It was all about hard
work and effort and not so much about making mistakes. All of that put
together and the enjoyment with all the guys on the field and playing
for the Springboks was a great formula to perform.”
The 24-year-old Serfontein is determined to end his Bulls journey
with a flourish before he leaves for France next season to join up with
Top 14 side Montpellier.
“It was one of my goals this year to leave Loftus on a high note so I
will definitely be going out to play very well in the next two games.
In the end it is about the team doing well and the better the team does,
the better it is for the individuals in the team as well," he said.
“To have a couple of good games in a row definitely helps with
self-confidence. If I can build on my performances and the Bulls build
on the win against the Sharks then it will look good for us when we face
the Kings and Stormers.”