PRO14

Coetzee relishing being back at home

2018-09-19 12:10
Marcell Coetzee (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Following a disastrous spell of being injured that lasted over two years, Springbok flank Marcell Coetzee is back to doing what he does best. 

The 27-year-old, currently playing his rugby for Ulster in Ireland, is in South Africa currently on PRO14 duty. 

Coetzee scored a try in his side's 28-7 win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth last weekend, and he is expected to start Friday night's clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. 

Against the Kings, Coetzee was his usual menacing self at the breakdown while his running was direct and powerful. 

He has come into the Springbok conversation once more, but for now he is just happy to be back on the park.

"You appreciate the little things in life again, being in the mix with the squad, having a laugh and also getting the chance to play in my home country," the 28-Test Springbok told the Belfast Live website.

"That’s what my injury taught me, to cherish every moment and make the most of every opportunity you get on the pitch.

"The coaches told me (in pre-season) they’d want to ease up my minutes and target the Kings as a full 80. Luckily I got through it with no problems so happy days."

Kick-off on Friday is at 19:15.

 

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