A dream come true – Bokkie

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ON THE CHARGE: An­dries Coet­zee will play his third Test for the Springboks to­mor­row, it will be his first at his home ground of El­lis Park.

PANDRIES Coet­zee’s dream of play­ing for South Africa at the fa­mous El­lis Park – venue of one of the Springboks’ great­est ever tri­umphs, the World Cup win in 1995 – will come true to­mor­row.

Coet­zee will run out in his third Test, af­ter also fea­tur­ing in Pre­to­ria and Dur­ban, at a place he has called home since join­ing the Lions in 2012.

“I would never have be­lieved you if you’d told me at the start of the year I’d be run­ning out for the Boks at El­lis Park in June,” said Coet­zee yes­ter­day. “I’m so grate­ful coach Al­lis­ter Coet­zee has backed me and be­lieves in me.

“It’s al­ways been a dream of mine, since I was a lit­tle boy, to play for South Africa at this sta­dium. My dad al­ways used to call me “My lit­tle Bokkie” ... now I’m a real and proper Bok, and my dream is go­ing to come true.”

Coet­zee said it was go­ing to be “a big one” against France in the third Test to­mor­row. He, how­ever, said he would fol­low the same rou­tine to­day and to­mor­row be­fore a big game, like he al­ways does.

“I’ll stick to the same rou­tine ... prob­a­bly watch a movie, a com­edy, take my mind off things to­day. It al­lows me to re­lax for an hour or two.

“If you’re not ready by Fri­day you’ll never be ready for the match. The prepa­ra­tion has been done, the boxes have been ticked.”

The 27-year-old is hop­ing for a quick game against the vis­i­tors as they look to make it a 3-0 se­ries sweep.

“I think we’ll try and lift the tempo ... it is on the Highveld af­ter all,” he said. “That’s an ad­van­tage for us.

“Mak­ing it 3-0 would be the cherry on top, it would be re­ally nice. Sure we’re go­ing to go for it. The guys re­ally want it.”

Af­ter sev­eral hits and misses at full­back over the last five years the Lions man looks set to make his run at 15 last a lit­tle longer than many would have ex­pected. He has per­formed su­perbly in the first two Tests, but he says right now he’s just en­joy­ing the chance.

“I’m just go­ing out there to play my nor­mal game ... do­ing what I al­ways do. My dad al­ways told me that it’s just other guys fac­ing you; there aren’t any su­per­hu­mans.

“I know if I stay calm and play my game the rest will fol­low.” –

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