Schalk Brits has slammed those who believe his talents are better utilised off the bench.
Speaking to keo.co.za, Brits stated that he did not agree with those who speculate that he is more explosive and has a more meaningful impact on the game when introduced for the final 40 minutes.
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll always do whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best for the side, but my personal opinion is I hate being on the bench,” Brits admitted. “I believe I can make an impact for 80 minutes, and certainly as a hooker itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot easier to get into a playing pattern when you start. In any case I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to carry 120kg around so thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no reason why I shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to keep the same level of performance up for 80 minutes.”
Despite having to alternate with Hanyani Shimange and the Stormers’ incoherent start to the Vodacom Super 14, Brits does not regret choosing Cape Town over the Bulls, Cheetahs or Cats.
As one of the few Stormers players who can claim to have consistently delivered this year thus far, it is indicative of Brits’s professionalism that he does not accept the slap on the back or the compliment.
“I’m nowhere near where I want to be right now, but I feel that I’m getting there. I’m still getting used to the way the guys play, how JD [Moller] scrums, how Eddie [Andrews] scrums. That takes time.
“With regard to the lineout, the combination with the locks is obviously vital, and I am still learning to read Ross [Skeate]. We’re obviously not happy about losing so many against the Highlanders.”
After Brits substituted Shimange at half time, he delivered a 5 from 9 lineout display. He also struggled at lineout time against the Waratahs, but does not believe that the set phases are a weakness in his game.
“I’m not happy with how I’m throwing, but it’s a form thing and not a technical issue. I’m working towards very stringent goals and I’m working as hard as possible to improve my accuracy.
“Things are a bit difficult at the moment, but I’m still excited about this year. It’s such a big rush running out at Newlands. The spectators are unbelievable, and I know I still have a big point to prove to them.”