Burger inspired by captaincy role

JULY 27, 2015

Springbok loose forward, Schalk Burger has said that being named captain for the Boks Rugby World Cup Test against the All Blacks, which was played in Johannesburg on Saturday, inspired his performance.

Head coach, Heyneke Meyer, named Burger captain last week, as regular captains Jean de Villiers and Victor Matfield were out on international duty, which made Burger the 55th captain in Springbok history.

Even though the Boks suffered a disappointing 27-20 loss against New Zealand, Burger played a great game and thrived on both attack and defence.

After the match, the 32 year old said that he had enjoyed the game as well as the experience of leading the Boks on the field.

“It was great to be captain. I really enjoyed the experience,” Burger said.

“It gave me extra motivation to perform on the field.

“I’m delighted I was given this opportunity later in my career as my experience helped me deal with the leadership and pressure that comes with the role.

“It was disappointing to end up on the losing team. We had the chances to put it away. We were five metres out from scoring what would’ve been a crucial try, but that’s rugby for you.”

He added that the Springboks will learn from the past two matches.

“Both our defeats against the Wallabies and All Blacks were hard. The guys put in massive amounts of effort and we created opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish them,” Burger added.

“We’ll learn from this. The results are hard to swallow, but we have to keep on moving forward.”

 

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