Johannesburg - Golden Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg
is set to make his Currie Cup debut during his birthday weekend against his
former team, the Blue Bulls, on Saturday.
The match has already been dubbed the “match of the
tournament” as both teams are undefeated after five rounds. They have also
displayed impressive attacking rugby throughout the domestic campaign, with the
Bulls (24) and Lions (23) scoring 47 tries collectively so far.
The team who wins will earn the lead on the Currie Cup
table, which will be a big boost towards claiming home-ground advantage for the
Janse van Rensburg, who is a Waterkloof old boy, started his
career in Pretoria, where he played for he played for the Bulls at Under-19, Under-21
and Vodacom Cup level in 2014 and 2015. He then made the switch to the Lions.
His recent performances for the Lions Under-21s have earned
him his senior opportunity this weekend. He also celebrates his 21st birthday
“It can’t get any better than this. Making my Currie Cup
debut for the Lions during my birthday weekend and playing against the Bulls at
Loftus… you can’t script it better than that!” Janse van Rensburg told
“Getting my opportunity this weekend is a massive privilege
and I want to make the most of the opportunity. Coach Akkers (Johan Ackermann)
and coach Swys (Venter) told me they were happy with the way I’ve been playing,
and they just want me to go out there and play my natural game.
“I’m enjoying life at the Lions. There’s a great family
environment, which has helped me to settle in very well. All the players have
been very welcoming, especially guys like Jaco Kriel, Andries Coetzee, Robbie
Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck and Ross Cronje.”
Janse van Rensburg believes the Bulls will be a big
challenge on Saturday.
“The fans can expect a highly entertaining game because I
think both teams are going to play exciting running rugby,” he said. “The Bulls
have really surprised many people this season as they have reverted from the
tactical and structured game plan everyone is used to. And they’re doing very
well with ball in hand.
“Bulls coach Nollis Marias deserves a lot of credit. I
worked with him during my time at the Bulls. He’s a very good coach, who works
“I’m excited to play against some of my mates and players
who I looked up to. It’s definitely going to be a good experience.”
Janse van Rensburg also thanked friends and family for the
support this week.
“I got many birthday wishes, but also well wishes for the
big game this weekend. My friends and family are really excited that I’m
getting my big opportunity, and I hope to make everyone proud.”
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12
Jan Serfontein, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Arno
Botha, 7 Lappies Labuschagne (captain), 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques
du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 RG
Snyman, 19 Deon Stegmann, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Burger Odendaal
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Stokkies
Hanekom, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Ross
Cronje, 8. Fabian Booysen, 7. Stephan de Witt, 6. Jaco Kriel (captain), 5.
Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Julian Redelinghuys, 18.
MB Lusaseni, 19. Kwagga Smith, 20. Jaco van der Walt, 21. Rohan Janse van
Rensburg, 22. Sampie Mastriet
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