Sny­man cuts to the chase: Storm­ers clash is per­sonal

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - VATA NGOBENI

IF THERE is any good that the Bulls will take from Satur­day’s de­feat to the South­ern Kings at Lof­tus Vers­feld, then it is their com­mit­ment to the cause, even if all seems lost.

That com­mit­ment was epit­o­mized by lock RG Sny­man’s chase and try-sav­ing tackle from be­hind on Kings wing Maka­zole Mapimpi.

And that will be the same com­mit­ment that the Bulls will need to show in their last out­ing of the sea­son against the Storm­ers at home this weekend.

“Ja, I must say at first I thought he was go­ing to pull away a bit but I re­alised that I might have a chance and I just went for it and at a point de­cided to dive and go all out,” laughed the lanky Sny­man af­ter train­ing at Lof­tus yes­ter­day.

“I don’t think there is any­thing wrong with that as­pect (the com­mit­ment) in the team and we con­stantly re­mind each other to keep work­ing for one another.”

And the Bulls will def­i­nitely have to work for one another as a team against a Storm­ers side that will be bay­ing for blood at the sight of their wounded arch-ri­vals.

While the 22-year-old Sny­man joked about how sheep­ish his team­mates, es­pe­cially the wings, have been at the re­al­i­sa­tion of how fast he ac­tu­ally is, the for­mer Affies star ath­lete says they will need to put their best foot for­ward and play a bit of rugby when they face the Storm­ers.

“The back three won’t say any­thing at this stage be­cause they know I might catch them,” joked Sny­man.

“I think the most im­por­tant thing is for us not to hold back be­cause there is still one game re­main­ing. Even though, in the end, there is noth­ing in it for us, there are still per­sonal bat­tles and it is a mas­sive game and chal­lenge for us as a team. We played them in the first game of the sea­son and it didn’t go well, so this will be the fi­nal chance to show what we have and can do. We want to go out there and play a bit.”

Play is some­thing the Bulls and Sny­man have failed to do this year.

A vic­tory against the Storm­ers will not only end the sea­son on a high but it will give some in­spi­ra­tion ahead of the Cur­rie Cup, where the Bulls will be look­ing at go­ing one bet­ter af­ter los­ing last year’s fi­nal to the Chee­tahs.

“Things haven’t gone the way we were hop­ing they would and we will want to take some­thing good out of this game with them (Storm­ers) hav­ing such a good sea­son, as a ray of light for those guys who are go­ing to be play­ing in the Cur­rie Cup,” Sny­man said.

Sny­man won’t be around to play in the do­mes­tic sea­son af­ter sign­ing with the Honda Heat in Ja­pan and Satur­day will be his last op­por­tu­nity this year to out­play­ing in­cum­bent Spring­bok locks Eben Etze­beth and Pi­eter-Steph du Toit.

The Bulls, mean­while, have been bol­stered by the re­turn to fit­ness and avail­abil­ity of fly­half Tony Jan­tjies (rib in­jury) and Spring­bok prop Trevor Nyakane (wrist in­jury), while Spring­bok fly­half Han­dre Pol­lard will be con­sult­ing a spe­cial­ist for his in­jured an­kle to­day to de­ter­mine if he can play against the Storm­ers.

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