Rugby Championship

My game has evolved, says Bok debutant Elstadt

2019-07-18 07:28
Rynhardt Elstadt
Rynhardt Elstadt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Rynhardt Elstadt, who is set to make his Springbok debut against the Wallabies at Ellis Park on Saturday, believes his game has evolved since leaving the Stormers to play for Toulouse in France.

The versatile Elstadt will start at No 6 for the Boks in their Rugby Championship opener.

He left Cape Town for France in 2017 and told reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday that his game has improved playing in the Top 14.

"Rugby in the northern hemisphere is very different. It's forced me to evolve and hopefully anything I've learned up there can be passed on to the players in the Bok squad. The tempo in France is slower than here in the southern hemisphere and I feel over here we work harder at our rugby than in France," he said, as quoted by Netwerk24.

"It was difficult to adjust when I got there. Learning the language was tough. However, I found that after I grasped the language a few doors opened for me."

Elstadt was known as a hot-headed player at the Stormers, but says his demeanour is different.

"I'm still the same person, but I'm calmer on the field."

The 29-year-old can also slot in at lock, but mostly wore the No 7 jersey for Toulouse - in Europe that number is reserved for openside flankers.

He often played as a blindside flanker at the Stormers but he said adapting was not hard.

"I think that a lot of people are making a fuss about nothing. I'm not what you would call a fetcher. My job is to arrive first and secure the ball at the breakdown. If I do my job, hopefully it sets the platform to attack from the next phase."

Elstadt and scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies (scrumhalf) are in the two debutants in the Springbok starting XV for Saturday, while prop Lizo Gqoboka is set to earn his debut off the bench.

"We are excited for the forthcoming year and I want to congratulate Rynhardt, Herschel and Lizo on their first inclusion in a Springbok match-day squad, while the leadership role is not something new for Eben (Etzebeth, captain). The build-up has been good and there is definitely a very good vibe for the match," coach Rassie Erasmus said.

"Australia have prepared very well for this match and they have spent two weeks at altitude to acclimatise to the highveld, so we are in for a great contest."

Kick-off for Saturday clash is scheduled for 17:05 and will be broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 S'bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds

Australia

15 Tom Banks , 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Folau Fainga’a,  1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 Kurtley Beale

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Did the Springboks' performance against the All Blacks in Wellington change your belief in who will win the Rugby World Cup?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.