‘Q and A with Lions fullback Andries Coetzee’

‘Q and A with Lions fullback Andries Coetzee’

Andries Coetzee of MTN Golden Lions. FILE PIC. ©Chris Ricco/Backpagepix

Lions’ fullback Andries Coetzee is finally injury-free and spoke this week openly about the rollercoaster ride the team are currently enjoying.

How do you see yourself as a player?

“I see myself as a run-pass-kick player, but I will always look at where is the pressure, and sometimes I still make the wrong call, but you must bounce back from that.

“I can still improve my decision-making, on other things you work on during the week and that is your X-factor,” said Coetzee, 25, who was born in Bethal and went to school at Middelburg Technical High School.

Your nickname ‘Boeboes’ – where does it come from?

“Boeboes comes from a bunny character in a magazine about the time I was born in the 1990s, and ‘Boeboes’ was the main character’s friend.

“Because my father was also named Andries, he and my grandfather started calling me that and it has stuck with me ever since.”

Did you have an icon growing up?
“I must say my first role model was (former Springboks) Andre Joubert and especially liked Brent Russell, those two guys, but if you play two positions you will never become an expert in one.
“So at the moment I’m very happy in the 15 position, I think I’m going now for the ninth match in a row, so I am just grateful it’s been going so well.”

Ironically, you played for the Sharks two years ago on loan when the Lions were out of the competition but then got injured in the first game?

“The injury at the Sharks was a bummer, but now I am looking forward playing against them.

“The season is not too bad so far winning four of the eight, but I think the guys know we haven’t won anything yet.

“Weather wasn’t ideal for attacking rugby, four of our games it rained, but our game plan still revolves around the running game, so we hope for a great day this weekend and maybe some running rugby.”

How do you rate local opposition?

“It’s great to play against other locals especially other fullbacks, so it’s nice to measure yourself against a SP Marais (Sharks) or a Jesse Kriel (Bulls), so I’m looking forward to the contest.

“I prefer fullback, but I made my debut at flyhalf (in 2011), and also played a few games on the wing, but I like playing at 15 the best, but I also don’t mind helping out at wing or centre or wherever the coach wants me to play.”

The last time you played against the Sharks, the Lions lost 29-12 on a rainy day in Durban in round two?

“In our last game in Durban the scrums and lineouts didn’t go well and that has a way of snowballing on the rest of our game, in this competition the set phases are so important, so I think we’ve worked on that and improved.

“Getting in their half and converting that into points will be crucial, we can only control the controllable, and they handled the wet conditions better.”

Your first bye only comes up next week, are the guys mentally drained?

“It’s our ninth game in a row, but the guys are seeing this as another knock-out game, as was the game against the Bulls, we know the importance of the game and the result.”




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