Nyakane's versatility throws him into Bok mix

2017-08-14 12:51
Trevor Nyakane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok scrum coach Matt Proudfoot has lauded the versatility of Bulls prop Trevor Nyakane prior to Saturday's Test against Argentina.

Nyakane’s ball carrying and ability to cover both sides of the scrum could be a weapon for the Springboks when the sides meet in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Proudfoot praised Nyakane’s form and work ethic .

"Head coach Allister Coetzee set some very high goals for the players to accomplish and Trevor has accomplished them," he said.

"That says a lot about his motivation. When a player is motivated it gives him confidence and an edge. I feel Trevor has that edge.

"I am really happy for him that he is back. Trevor adds a lot to our team and he is an unbelievable team guy.

"If you rock up in Salta [in Argentina] and on Friday morning one of your props is sick, then that guy has to come in and do that job.

"We went through a good scrummaging session in which Trevor worked on the tighthead side and I was really happy with it.

"We will do two more sessions this week serving both sides.  I have spoken to him about covering both sides and there will be some work done with him on the left hand side as well."

Proudfoot added that s the coaches were happy with the efforts and results seen in training so far.

"The players have been fantastic during training and the coaches are really proud of the way they have prepared, and their excellent effort so far," he said.

"It is fantastic to see how well the players get along, taking into account that they’ve just come out of a tough Super Rugby season. We are well aware of the Pumas’ strong points and have done a lot of preparation."


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