Henshaw shocked by Springboks

Date published: November 10 2014

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Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw admitted to being “quite shocked” by the size of South Africa during the early stages of their win.

Ireland inside centre Robbie Henshaw admitted to being “quite shocked” by the size of South Africa during the early stages of Saturday’s 29-15 win.

The Connacht star, who started in the number twelve position alongside Jared Payne, played well against Jean de Villiers and the Springboks.

However, the 21-year-old said afterwards that initially he found it tough against the world’s second best team according to the rankings.

“It was a massive step up, I don’t think I’ve hit bigger guys in my life,” he told pro12rugby.com following the solid victory at Aviva Stadium.

“I was quite shocked by the size of them. I got used to it after a couple of hits.

“I was pretty happy with my performance, a few little things I can work on. Overall I learned a little bit as well so I was quite happy out there.”

He added: “Gordon D’Arcy gave me a hand during the week. He said just do as you do at 13 but just one slot in.”

“I was quite comfortable, I had two good guys either side of me.”

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