Reinach to repeat history at Newlands

Date published: September 26 2014

Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach is set to make his Springbok debut at the same venue as his late father did almost 30 years ago.

Jaco Reinach played four Tests for the Springboks against the 1986 New Zealand Cavaliers and also represented South Africa in track and field, holding the national 400m record for more than a decade.

Reinach snr. passed away in a road accident in 1997, just three weeks before Cobus’ seventh birthday.

“I don’t feel pressure to live up to my surname. My dad was and is my hero but my family has never put pressure on me to be like him,” said Reinach.

“If I get on, it will be special, especially at Newlands, where my dad made his debut, but the emotion can wait for afterwards because we have a job to do this weekend,” he added.

“From the start the coach has told me my opportunity will come and I just have to keep on working hard. Throughout the past few weeks I have learned a lot and finally my chance is coming so I am planning to grab it with both hands.

“I want to focus on getting quick ball to the backs and making the right decisions.

“We have licence to play what is in front of us, if you see the opportunity you can take it, but my first job is to get quick and clean ball to the backs,” he said.

“There are times to attack and there are times to kick, we have to get the balance right.”

Reinach hasn’t played a game since the Super Rugby semi-final in Christchurch nearly two months ago, but he insists he will be ready for the speed of Test rugby.

“This is what we do, we are professional rugby players, and we have to be prepared to play when called upo,” he said.

“I will be ready for it. We play rugby from when we are young, so it’s in us. The game fitness part may have gone a bit by being out for a while, but I don’t think my sharpness would have suffered.”