Cheetahs fullback Bevin Fortuin wants to force his way into the Springbok squad for the end-of-year tour.
Fortuin joined the Cheetahs from the Eagles before the start of last year’s Currie Cup Premier Division and was one of the players of the tournament.
He made the step-up to Super 14 rugby with ease and is now looking to build on that effort in the Currie Cup.
“I set a new standard for myself in the Super 14,” Fortuin told keo.co.za. “I had a few good games, but now I want to keep improving. Who knows, if I do really well in the Currie Cup I could be chosen for the Springbok tour at the end of the year.
“However, the team does come first, and I’ll be putting the Cheetahs before any personal aspirations. If the team does well then individuals will do well too.”
The Cheetahs go into the tournament with the unfamilar tag of ‘champions’ hanging around their necks. Has that increased the pressure on the Free Staters?
“There definitely is more pressure on us,” admitted Fortuin. “Rassie [Erasmus] called us together and told us that we have to do well this year to show that last year’s result wasn’t a fluke.
“We started training for the Currie Cup as soon as the Super 14 finished, and training has been intense. It’s only this week that we’ve tapered things off a bit.”
The Cheetahs kick off their campaign against Griquas in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.
By Simon Borchardt