Thu 22 Jul 2021 | 11:19

Elstadt tops the workload charts in Bok camp

Elstadt tops the workload charts in Bok camp
Thu 22 Jul 2021 | 11:19
Elstadt tops the workload charts in Bok camp
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SPOTLIGHT: Springbok utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt has opened up about his heavy workload in training ahead of the first Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Elstadt will be paying off the bench and he will be covering the back row and second row positions for the Springboks.

“Whatever is being expected from me I will fulfil my role as best as I can,” said Elstadt.

“For the moment I will probably be fulfilling Pieter-Steph or Siya’s [Kolisi] role, but with my versatility, I could even move to the locks if there is any problem out there.”

He added: “I think I’ve got the most workload of everyone out there [in training].

“I need to know some of the lock stuff, and I need to know the loose forwards’ work roles as well.

“We do combine it by working in pairs together so that the one always knows the other one’s role.

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“It makes it a bit easier, but being the forward coming off the bench you put in a lot more work than the guy starting.”

Elstadt’s experience of playing in Europe could help the Boks on Saturday.

The 31-year-old plays for French club Toulouse.

“My experience in Europe makes a big difference as we play a different structure over there,” said the forward.

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“In the match [South Africa ‘A’ team against the British & Irish Lions] we played last Wednesday, we could see the European style coming though and I think we managed to work on a few things that we are going to expect from them.”

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