Boks lead Leyds to lift his game

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW

AT THE first Storm­ers press con­fer­ence after the France In­bound Tour, coach Rob­bie Fleck said that the he knows the gal­vanis­ing ef­fect earn­ing your first Spring­bok cap can have, and he knows it all too well.

And as a for­mer Bok cen­tre, who can ar­gue with him?

Fleck was mak­ing a di­rect ref­er­ence to Storm­ers util­ity back and new Spring­bok Dil­lyn Leyds, who got his first Spring­bok cap dur­ing the re­cent Test se­ries.

Fleck was con­fi­dent that Leyds’ Bok ex­pe­ri­ence would not only boost the Storm­ers’ fire­power.

Fleck said: “I know what it’s like when you come back to your union after earn­ing a Spring­bok cap. You want to con­tinue per­form­ing and giv­ing your best for your fran­chise.”

Be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, Leyds was on fire and has been a stand­out per­former for the Storm­ers this sea­son. He re­vealed yes­ter­day that his in­clu­sion in Al­lis­ter Coet­zee’s Bok group has given him even more of a “lift”.

“Ob­vi­ously, be­ing part of the Spring­bok set-up for the first time was pretty special and it has given me a lift. It’s good to have come away with a se­ries win‚ but that is done now and we move on.”

This week­end, when the Storm­ers go up against the Chee­tahs, Leyds gets to go up against fel­low, new Spring­bok wing Ray­mond Rhule.

And as tempt­ing as a one-one-one bat­tle be­tween Leyds and Rhule would be, the ver­sa­tile back re­vealed that he wasn’t go­ing to fo­cus on out­per­form­ing or keep­ing Rhule in check.

“It’s not re­ally a one-on-one bat­tle (with Rhule) be­cause there are 14 other play­ers on the field that we need to look after,” Leyds said. “We need to make sure we are well pre­pared to deal with them. It’s al­ways been a dif­fi­cult game for us and it will be again this week­end.”

Leyds also ex­plained that work­ing with Spring­bok as­sis­tant coach Franco Smith in the Bok camp, might help the Cape -based side in terms of their prepa­ra­tion in tak­ing on the Bloem­fontein-based side, but he also in­sitsed that the Chee­tahs ap­proach was al­to­gether dif­fer­ent to that of the Boks.

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