Johannesburg - Golden Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg says he’s very happy with life on and off the field at this stage of his career.
At the age of 22, Janse van Rensburg has made a positive impact on the South African rugby scene.
He was one of the standout performers during Super Rugby as the Lions surged to their first Super Rugby final appearance. He continued his good form during the Currie Cup and helped the Johannesburg-based union qualify for the knockouts.
The Lions now start their domestic title defence against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in the first Currie Cup semi-final on Saturday (15:00 kick-off).
Janse van Rensburg said the Lions will need to work hard to beat the Cheetahs, who topped the log following an undefeated league run.
“We lost nine players to national call-ups after Super Rugby. A lot of credit must go to Johan Ackermann and his management as he didn’t depend on one team. He has developed a good squad of players here at the Lions, and some of the guys were able to step in for those who joined the Springboks,” Janse van Rensburg told MyPlayers.
“The match against the Cheetahs is going to be an exciting one for the players and the fans. It’s going to be a great game of running rugby as both teams will look to gain the upper hand.
“There’s plenty of confidence in our camp. We just need to keep focus and deliver on the day.”
Janse van Rensburg added that he’s enjoyed his experience on the Currie Cup stage this season.
“The Currie Cup is a respected tournament and every player wants to use the competition to prove himself. I’m enjoying my rugby at the moment and I enjoy every chance I get to run out there and play,” said Janse van Rensburg.
“I’m very happy with my game at the moment, but there’s always room for improvement. There are certain areas I’m working on to ensure I become a better player going into the 2017 season.”
There’s been plenty of public outcry and media focus on Janse van Rensburg’s omission from the Springbok squad. However, he said he’s not too focused on this.
“I really appreciate all the support I receive on and off the field, but I’m in no rush to push for opportunities at this stage of my career,” said Janse van Rensburg. “Like I said, I’m focused on helping the Lions continue their growth. I’m also focused on improving my game.
“I obviously have bigger ambitions, but I’m patient enough to earn them at the right time.”
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