Trevor Nyakane puts World Cup on the back burner as Super Rugby starts
Bulls launch their season with a potentially spicy derby against the Stormers at Loftus
The World Cup in Japan is about six months away and experienced Bulls prop Trevor Nyakane has admitted the competition will be in the back of many players’ minds in the Super Rugby campaign.
The Bulls start their Super Rugby season with a potentially spicy derby against the Stormers at Loftus on Saturday and Nyakane said those who raise their hands in the competition will improve their chances of World Cup selection.
“Everyone is talking about the World Cup, but for me it’s only about the Bulls,” he said at Loftus as his team prepared for the high-profile visit of their bitter rivals.
“The World Cup will come later in the year. If the Bulls do well, then I will most likely get selected. All I am worried about now is the Bulls. I believe that if we do well as a union‚ the chances of me getting into the World Cup squad are bigger but … my focus at the moment is on doing well for the Bulls.
“I want to help the Bulls to achieve things that we want to achieve and whatever comes later I will deal with at that stage.”
The Bulls lost to the Stormers in a preseason friendly in Cape Town a fortnight ago. Nyakane said they lost because they gave away soft tries.
“It was our mistakes that cost us that game against the Stormers two weeks ago but we have worked on those things and hopefully they are sorted out.
“We all know that if you are going to make such mistakes against a good side like the Stormers‚ they are going to punish you the whole day. It is something that we have to rectify by keeping the ball in hand and making sure that there is continuity in the game‚” he said, adding that no player needs motivation for a big game against the Stormers.
“I don’t think you need to be motivated for a game of this magnitude. If you are not ready for a derby like this then you shouldn’t be here.”
The Stormers are known for their powerful front row and pack but Nyakane said the Bulls will have to match or dominate them if they are to start their season with a win.
“Whatever they bring we will have to match it or even do better.
“Scrum is a battle you have to win on the day. It is something we will both go for.
“The only way you can win Super Rugby is by being consistent the whole season and you can’t have too many ups and downs.”