Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
25 Sep 2014
12:00 am

Reinach champing at the bit

Rudolph Jacobs

Following in the footsteps of his late father Springbok wing Jaco Reinach, Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach has had to patiently wait his chance.

FILE PICTURE: Cobus Reinach, Kyle Cooper and Dale Chadwick of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Highlanders at Growthpoint Kings Park on July 19, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

But at Newlands tomorrow, Reinach is finally set to earn his maiden Test cap off the bench after recent injuries to Fourie du Preez and Ruan Pienaar.

“There’s no pressure at all – my dad was and is my hero, but from my family side there is no pressure on me. I just do what I want to do, and love, and that’s playing rugby,” said Reinach.

“It (my dad) doesn’t make a difference to how I want to play, but it got me through difficult times. However, I would have played the game anyway.”

It was at Newlands that Reinach senior made his 1986 debut against the New Zealand Cavaliers.

“If I get on and make my debut, it will be special to do it on the same field where my dad made his debut. And until the final whistle I’ll be giving it my best,” he said.

Reinach has to be patient.

“From the start, the coach has told me my chance will come and I must just keep on working hard. Throughout the past few weeks I’ve learned a lot and now I want to grab this chance with both hands.

“If I do get on, I want to focus on getting quick and clean ball to the backs. We’ve got licence to play what’s ahead of us.”

Coach Heyneke Meyer is big on the halfbacks taking charge.

“There’s times to attack and then there’s times to kick. We have to get the balance right and that’s where the 9s and 10s comes in and it’s a great part of their game to make those decisions,” he said.