Centre of attention



July 28, 2016
Centre of attention

TRY MACHINE: Rohan Janse van Rensburg

All eyes on rampant Rohan in Lions’ semi

Rohan Janse van Rensburg is the talk of the town after his powerful displays in recent weeks for Super Rugby semi-finalists the Lions.

Put him next to Lionel Mapoe and the Lions centre combination is, statistically, the best in the competition.

Between them they’ve scored 18 tries, more than any other midfield duo, both crossing the whitewash on nine occasions.

Janse van Rensburg and Mapoe have been a revelation as a combination this season.

And at Ellis Park this Saturday (3pm) they get another shot to show off their talents when they come up against an equally formidable duo in Malakai Fekitoa and Matt Faddes of the Highlanders.

It is Janse van Rensburg though who has stolen the attention this season, the 21-year-old grabbing his chance at the Lions.

Lions boss Johan Ackermann and his assistants are full of praise for the 1.86m, 100kg powerhouse, but they all feel the former SA Schools and SA U20 midfielder has some learning to do before he can be classified the finished product.

Ackermann says: “He’s grown tremendously in the last year… after working very hard on certain aspects of his game. He’s very dangerous with ball in hand.”

Swys de Bruin, Lions attack coach, adds: “He’s an exciting player, certainly one of the best at his age I’ve seen.

“I’ve coached a lot of good centres, but not specialist inside centres like him… he’s big and strong and very fast. He’s a playmaker and a strike runner and that’s what makes him special.

“But, he’s a raw product and there are aspects of his game he still needs to work on and improve. But he doesn’t have any fear in him…”

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