Watch: Jesse allows wheel to goal line


Jesse Kriel showcased his three-press skills in Japan this past weekend when he completed an excellent individual run in the corner.

The Springbok fullback picked up the ball in the 13th minute of the Canon Eagles’ matchup against the Wild Knights, flattened his ears and beat a number of defenders on his way to the goal line.

Despite Kriel’s brilliant effort, the Wild Knights still finished the game at a run with 43 – 14.

The 30-year-old player was one of the Springboks’ stars in the World Cup tournament in France.

He played at outside center in the final against the All Blacks and the authoritative French rugby publication Midi Olympique included him in his team of the tournament.

A month or two after the success at the Stade de France, he squared off again in Japan with All Blacks stars like Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett.

The Eagles then beat Barrett’s Toyota Verblitz 24 – 22.

Kriel admitted earlier that he enjoys his rugby in Japan.

“I love Japan and it’s very nice to see someone like Faf (de Klerk) in the same jersey. In a foreign country and culture, there are far fewer things that distract you on and off the field and you can concentrate more on your game.”

According to Kriel, the Japanese also enjoy keeping the ball in play; the margin is not simply something that is sought out.

“Your passing and defense must therefore remain sharp, while the high work ethic also has a positive influence on a player.”