Wed 4 Aug 2021 | 11:19

The Montpellier factor in series decider

The Montpellier factor in series decider
Wed 4 Aug 2021 | 11:19
The Montpellier factor in series decider
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SPOTLIGHT: Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach says the understanding between himself and Handre Pollard is one that Boks can rely on.

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Reinach comes in for the injured Faf De Klerk for the series decider against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

Losing De Klerk is a big blow for the Boks, but Pollard will have the luxury of playing alongside his Montpellier halfback partner on Saturday.

The duo spent a European season together and although Pollard missed most of it due to his anterior cruciate ligament injury, Reinach believes they have built a good relationship on and off the field.

“We probably spent a whole year having breakfast together,” said Reinach.

“The understanding was quite good even though it was mostly in training.

“Also, the way we train here [Spingbok camp], you can find your combination and find your feet and build relationships in the time you’ve been here.

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“We’ve been together for a long time. The relationships between everyone here is probably the highest it can be.”

Reinach believes his inclusion in the team won’t be much of a disruption after he was not involved in the first two Tests.

“Faf is left-footed, and I am right-footed. I don’t think it matters too much.

“We all know what to do. We all have our jobs and it doesn’t change if it’s me, Faf or Herschel [Jantjies].

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“It’s just about us going out there and executing things to the best of our ability,” the 31-year-old added.

Ali Price will be wearing the B&I lions’ No.9 jersey for Saturday’s decider and Reinach believes the tourists will try to speed the game up.

“They probably want to start with a little bit more pace and throw the ball around,” said the scrumhalf.

“They got a team that can do anything. We just have to be ready for anything.

“They got Conor [Murray] who has been around for a long time who can come on and close a game down.

“Ali is a quicker No.9 and Conor will bring calmness to the team.”

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