Castle Lager Incoming Series – “It’s Always Nice To Contribute” – Kurt-Lee Arendse


Springbok winger Kurt-Lee Arendse relished the occasion of facing Ireland on home soil for the first time since 2016 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday but agreed with Rassie Erasmus (coach) that there were areas they had to work on when they return to the training field on Monday.

Arendse was also delighted to contribute to the team as he scored a top-class try in the second minute – one of two tries the Boks scored to add to the penalty try in the 77th minute – but he emphasised that it required a full team effort to earn the win.

“It’s always nice to contribute to the team,” said Arendse. “Tony (Brown – Springbok attack coach) introduced few things to our attack and it worked.”

Arendse was also praised by the media for making a few telling tackles, but he said as a player one had to be able to attack and defend well to earn a spot in the team.

“My focus is not only on attack, I’ve also been focussing on my defence because you need to make a contribution in both departments if you want to be effective and play well. I don’t think we’ll be selected if we can’t do both,” said the speedster, who has now scored 14 tries in 16 Tests.

The Springboks will depart for Durban on Sunday and will begin their preparations on Monday for the second outing between the teams at Hollywoodbets Kings Park this coming Saturday.