Juan: I’ll stand in for Jesse



October 5, 2016
Juan: I’ll stand in for Jesse

READY TO MOVE: Juan de Jongh

De Jongh doesn't care what position he plays, as long as he plays.

Springbok midfielder Juan de Jongh will do whatever his coach requires of him.

With his midfield partner Jesse Kriel still battling a groin injury, coach Allister Coetzee might opt to shift De Jongh to outside centre and play his Stormers teammate Damian de Allende on his inside in the Boks’ Rugby Championship clash with the All Blacks in Durban this weekend.

If this is indeed the case, De Jongh wouldn’t mind, telling reporters: “It doesn’t matter where I play. I just want to play.

“The All Blacks have a lot of classy players in their backline, and whoever starts in the midfield is going to apply some pressure.

“We have to maintain our focus, because the All Blacks can punish you when you make a mistake.”

Backline coach Mzwandile Stick, though, is still hopeful that Kriel will be ready to go in time for the clash.

He adds of the De Jongh-Kriel partnership: “We want to see combinations receiving time together.

“Even if they don’t click after one or two games, we want to see them getting another chance to build. Hopefully Jesse will recover in time and will receive another chance to play alongside Juan.

“I thought we were a lot better as a team at Loftus

“Even at the end, when Morné Steyn took that quick tap and we built up to that drop-goal.

“The players showed that they were on the same page. That is what you want to see as a coach.”

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