To play in a rugby test at Newlands, with his family watching from the stands, is a dream that is about to come true for Springbok centre Adrian Jacobs.
Liam Del Carme reports in Beeld that Jacobs has never played in an international in Cape Town, but he should be in South Africa’s team for the Tri-Nations match against New Zealand on Saturday.
“It’s a big match and I’m looking forward to it,” Jacobs said after scoring only his second try in six years for the Springboks at the weekend.
“I hope my parents, my wife and my children will be there to support me. I only hope it won’t be too cold,” the Sharks midfielder said after making a man-of-the-match contribution to the victory over Argentina.
Jacobs is not necessarily out to silence his critics, even though there were many of them when Springbok coach Peter de Villiers selected him earlier this year.
But he has not put a foot wrong since returning to the national squad.
“One can never satisfy everyone,” he says. “Criticism is strange. One must try to turn it into something positive.
“I never complained. People are sceptical. But they actually want you to do well.
“It helps if the coach supports you. I hope I am repaying him. Peter is a wonderful coach. Whether you’re big or small, he supports you.
“I can only thank him for fetching me from the wilderness.”
Jacobs has turned out at inside centre as well as outside centre and he does not have a specific preference for either position.
“I play where the coach needs me. I don’t really mind playing at either 12 or 13. It’s a great privilege to play for South Africa.”
It was also a great feeling to score a try for South Africa, he added.Tweet