The rise of Reinach

RICHARD FERGUSON thinks Cobus Reinach is in line to be the next Springbok scrumhalf.

Cobus Reinach has gone from Currie Cup young gun to Super Rugby first choice in a matter of months, and it is only a matter of time before he pulls on the Green and Gold jersey.

Reinach burst onto the scene during the 2012 Currie Cup season, displacing Charl McLeod as first choice scrumhalf. This has continued into the Super Rugby season, as McLeod is yet to get onto the field in 2013.

Comparing them, Reinach is the faster of the two, getting his speed from his dad Jaco Reinach, who was a Springbok winger in the 80’s. His speed is not his only attribute as he also makes fewer mistakes and seems a lot more confident in his decision making. Reinach also has the better boot of the two and can take pressure off his pivot.

Reinach attended Grey Bloem before making the move to the Sharks Academy, where he came through the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup age group system. He was backup to both Charl McLeod and Fred Michalak during the last Super Rugby season, but with the Frenchman returning home, Reinach got his chance in the Currie Cup, and took it with both hands.

Coach John Plumtree has backed the youngster by giving him plenty of game time and he has rewarded his coach’s faith by putting in one good performance after another. Should Reinach continue in the same vein of form, it is only a matter of time before he cracks the nod at test level.

Looking at the group of scrumhalves in South Africa, a dour selection for a position that has delivered so many greats, he could quickly become a top contender for the jersey. Current holder of the jersey, Ruan Pienaar, has been solid without being spectacular while Francois Hougaard has failed to show his replacement impact as a starter.

Between Reinach and Nic Groom, the Stormers’ young scrumhalf, the future of Springbok scrumhalves looks bright.