Rugby

Venter motivated by Cheetahs captaincy

2016-01-13 11:04
Francois Venter (Gallo Images)

Bloemfontein - New Cheetahs captain Francois Venter hopes to lead the Bloemfontein side in a positive direction this season.

The Cheetahs recently announced Venter as their captain for 2016 Super Rugby campaign and it’s a role that the 24-year-old is relishing.

“I’ve always enjoyed being part of the leadership core. I was vice-captain of the Bulls’ Currie Cup team when I was based in Pretoria, and I’ve been the Cheetahs’ vice-captain before,” Venter told MyPlayers.

“I enjoy playing a leading role in the team. It’s a massive honour, as well as a massive responsibility. I hope to add a positive influence on and off the field.”

Venter said he will need to guide his younger team-mates in what will be a challenging Super Rugby tournament.

“The important thing is for the guys to enjoy themselves and to play with a positive mindset,” said Venter. “When a player feels the pressure too much, it affects their game. A big role I want to play is to relieve that pressure and to help the guys gel and excel as a team.

“I also want to lead by example by making a huge difference on attack and defence.”

Venter believes the Cheetahs have the talent to achieve success this season.

“We’ve been working really hard during our pre-season preparations. I don’t think we’ve ever worked this hard before!” said Venter.

“It’s been very hot in the Free State... training in temperatures as high as 40°C isn’t easy, but I believe the hard work will pay off.

“We have exciting talent in our squad, with a nice mix of youth and experience. If we play to our potential, we will get the desired results.”

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