Kok will cook in XV code



August 31, 2016
Kok will cook in XV code

HUNGRY TO PLAY: Sevens star Werner Kok

Switching up players is not always smooth sailing.

Shifting between codes in rugby is perhaps not as easy as many would’ve thought.

National Sevens coach Neil Powell found that out the hard way when he tried to incorporate some XVs stars in his team for the Rio Olympics.

Stormers and Western Province fullback Cheslin Kolbe is a rare player — one that can switch between codes with the greatest of ease.

For others, it’s not as easy — think Bryan Habana and Juan de Jongh.

But incumbent World Sevens Player of the Year, Werner Kok, is looking to go the other way.

And Western Province coach John Dobson will be hoping that he’s one of those guys that adapts quickly.

Having played his first XVs match in years against the EP Kings last weekend, Kok says: “It was something new again – but it was a good start, the guys next to me made it so much easier.

“The coaching staff next to the field – they kept on talking to me.

“I’m happy, but there are things that I can do so much better…”

Of his future, Kok adds: “I’m still with the Sevens for two years, but it’s time to make that transition – we’ll see in the future how it goes.”

Describing his strengths, 
Dobson adds: “His strength helps us hold the ball, it helps us get our support lines there.

“I also think at the breakdown, he’s skilled and also useful for us.”

A natural centre, Kok is expected to do duty for Province on the wing again when they host the Sharks in the Currie Cup this weekend.

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