Mohoje keen to retain perfect record

Date published: November 4 2014

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Flanker Teboho Mohoje is determined to complete the Springboks’ November tour with his 100 percent win record at Test level intact.

Flanker Teboho Mohoje is determined to complete the Springboks’ November tour with his 100 percent win record at Test level intact.

Mohoje made his debut for South Africa as a replacement in the 55-6 victory over Scotland in Port Elizabeth in June before starting in triumphs over Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championships.

The 24-year-old is relishing the prospect of facing Ireland in his first rugby trip to the northern hemisphere.

“It’s actually my first experience in Europe, so I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us,” he said.

“But we are here for one mission, and that is to take a win out of the game this weekend.

“We prepared well over the last two weeks in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg. We worked very hard and focused on our detail, and we should be ready for this game. It was very disappointing that the Cheetahs couldn’t reach the Currie Cup semi-finals and I am sad that we couldn’t make it, but at the end of the day, the best teams will go through to the semis and finals.

“And (the extra-time off) was also very good preparation for me for this tour.

“This tour is some kind of preparation for the World Cup because we are here as well. So we can get used to the conditions and we will be familiar with the conditions, and how England and all the other teams play.

“So you can say that it is preparation for (the World Cup), but we cannot focus that far down the line. We need to focus on the next game and take it a game at a time.”

His selection ahead of the clash with the Wallabies in Cape Town raised some eyebrows. He went about his business in a quiet but efficient way that day but Bok coach Heyneke Meyer’s faith in his ability was repaid with a much more industrious performance against the All Blacks in Johannesburg a week later.

“It’s been an exciting year, I really can’t complain about the year,” added Mohoje.

“I just have to take it as it comes, and learn as much as I can. I feel that I still have a lot to learn as the leap happened so quickly.

“So, in that period, there was just so little (time) to learn, so I need to keep learning, grow and experience things and become a better player in the future.

“The past two games were very good. There was a little bit of pressure, but the team-mates and the coaches helped me and calmed me down, and Coach (Meyer) told me that I should just play my game, enjoy it.

“If you make mistakes, then make mistakes – don’t be scared to do anything. And I think that’s what made me calm down a bit and I could play.”

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