URC – “It’s Always Tough Going To Loftus” – Andre-Hugo Venter


DHL Stormers hooker André-Hugo Venter said that the physical battle at Loftus will be huge on Saturday at 17:05 (SA Time) and could be the difference between winning and losing.

“The Bulls play an incredible brand of rugby, so for us, it will be important to pitch up physically, especially for the front row, but for the whole pack as well.

“It’s always tough going to Loftus. Altitude always plays a role, and the crowd is always up for it, but hopefully, we will see some DHL Stormers flags that will push us on as well."

“It plays a massive role, seeing our fans in the crowd. We want to perform for them at the end of the day and put a smile on their face, so they can go home with pride."

“The Bulls are playing an unbelievable brand of rugby this season. It’s important, especially for our pack and front row, to pitch up physically."

“The brand of rugby that is going to be played will be incredible with all the returning Springboks on both sides. And for me to be able to play with those guys and play against them, it’s an honour and a privilege that I really enjoy.”

“The Bulls have a very good track record in the United Rugby Championship thus far and at the end of the day we will have to man up physically,” Venter said.

“In any game, you want to win the physical battle. I think that is how South African teams play."

“To be honest, they are going to try and do the same thing to us. So the focus is going to be on pitching up on Saturday and at the end of the day, giving our best."

“We are a team that won’t die after 20 minutes, so we will keep on fighting."

“If you look at the past derbies, it is probably the biggest fixture in provincial rugby in South Africa. There are always going to be emotions, no matter who has the winning or losing streak."

“For us, it’s important to be at our best and not to get involved in the emotions. It’s another game where we are going to have to fight.”

Andre-Hugo Venter is one of 11 DHL Stormers players who will be part of the first Bok alignment camp of the year next week in Cape Town. However, the hooker said he has his eyes set on the derby against the Bulls at Loftus.

“My focus is just on this weekend. The camp is only next week. What’s important is this weekend and the upcoming game.”

“It’s truly humbling and I’m honoured to be selected for the Springbok alignment camp,” Venter said.

“But you are only as good as your last game. I’m privileged to be part of that group, but it’s only going to be rewarding if I keep playing well and do my best. I just want to go onto the field and make a difference for the team."