Luke Watson does not believe he will be under more pressure than anyone else when the Springboks play Wales in the rugby Test match here on Saturday.
And Adrian Jacobs, making his return to international rugby after a long absence, is also not losing sleep over the possibility that the Welsh may target him in midfield.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Watson, who will be playing in his second Test after a controversial debut last year, has clear-cut views about the pressure awaiting him.
“We all feel pressure every day; from the wife, the children, the boss, debt. It depends how you adapt to it and how you handle it,” the Stormers flanker said here on Thursday.
Watson will be in the role of fetcher on Saturday after playing, and starring, at No 8 for much of the Super 14 competition this year. But he is willing to play in any position where the Springboks may need him.
“Anywhere from No 1 to 15. I don’t want to be one-dimensional and play in one position only,” he said.
“It will take hard work, but if (Springbok coach) Peter de Villiers wants me to specialise at No 6 I’ll do exactly what he wants me to do.”
Focus on the positive vibe
When Watson was asked how the Springbok training camp compared with the one last year when Jake White was the coach he said he would rather focus on the positive vibe in the present squad.
Jacobs, who will partner Jean de Villiers in midfield, said he was “ready” if the Welsh decided to attack his channel.
Having worked hard during the past three seasons, he is confident that he will be up to the challenge posed by the powerful Welsh centres, Sonny Parker and Tom Shanklin.
His ability as playmaker has never been in doubt but he has taken some flak over his tackling.
“Defence is merely a way of thinking,” the Sharks player said. “My defence has improved a lot during the past two or three years. The Welsh will see a different Adrian Jacobs.”
His last Test appearance was against England at Twickenham in 2002 when he came on as substitute. The Springboks were beaten 53-3.
The Sharks have used him mainly as impact player in the Super 14 this year.Tweet