Rugby 3.7.2014 10:00 am

Hollenbach’s Springbok hopes still high

Alwyn Hollenbach during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and MTN Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld on September 08, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

Alwyn Hollenbach during the Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and MTN Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld on September 08, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa.Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

Springbok ambition and burly Lions midfielder Alwyn Hollenbach have never been found to be worlds apart.

Hollenbach, one of the toughest defenders locally, made no secret this week off his burning appetite to wear the Green and Gold and ideally wants to take it one step further against the Rebels in their Super Rugby meeting at Ellis Park tomorrow night.

“I have never been one of those guys to say ‘if it happens it happens’,” said Hollenbach, a former Grey College pupil. “It has been my dream from a young age to become a Springbok.”

Hollenbach has been in scintillating form and was the best midfielder on the park in the recent shock win by the Lions over the Bulls at Ellis Park, despite the presence of Boks like Jan Serfontein and JJ Engelbrecht.

“I might be 29, but my body feels like that of a youngster, I’m going to continue to work as hard as possible, but obviously it’s not something I have any control over,” the 1.89m, 99kg centre said.

“I am also very excited about the current partnership I have with Stokkies Hanekom. He is a young guy with great talent and we are the best of mates off the field.”

Hollenbach believed that the Lions results didn’t always do them justice and they are a work in progress.

“The coach said with two wins in our last two games we can become the most successful Lions team since 2006 when they formed their own franchise and that’s what we are striving for,” he said.

Tomorrow the side will also welcome back lock Franco van der Merwe in what is potentially his second-last game for the Lions.

“I have played with Franco at the Lions for a while (since 2009) and it’s a case of sadness but also joy,” Hollenbach said.

“I’m really happy for him with the opportunity to broaden his horizons in Ireland, but also sad to see him go. He has been one of the Lions seniors for some time and is also a former captain.”

 

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