Leyds not in personal duel with Rhule

27 June 2017 - 13:01 By Craig Ray
Dillyn Leyds during the DHL Stormers top table media session at High Performance Centre on June 26, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dillyn Leyds during the DHL Stormers top table media session at High Performance Centre on June 26, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Image: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

Stormers and Springbok wing Dillyn Leyds won’t be thinking about personal duels when his side takes on the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

“But back at our individual unions we will have a full go at one another," said Leyds.

“It’s not really a one-on-one battle (with Rhule) because there are 14 other players on the field that we need to look after.

"We need to make sure we are well prepared to deal with them.”

Leyds admits that his first taste of Test rugby has given him more confidence‚ which can filter back into his play at Super Rugby level. He also gleaned intelligence about Cheetahs coach Franco Smith’s thinking.

Smith is the Bok attack coach and Leyds has been able to observe his methods first hand‚ which could assist the Stormers in their preparations.

“Obviously being part of the Springbok set-up for the first time was pretty special and it has given me a lift‚” Leyds said. “It’s good to have come away with a series win‚ but that is done now‚ and we move on.

"Here at the Stormers we hope to have six more weeks in the competition‚ starting in Bloemfontein this weekend.

“It’s always been a difficult game for us and it will be again this weekend.

“Having worked with Franco (Smith) for the past month‚ you do get to understand the feel he has for the game and how he wants to play.

"But it will be a little different with the Cheetahs with the type of players they have.

“It’s also one thing knowing what they might do‚ but another thing to try and stop it.

"So we will have to do our homework again and make sure we’re on top of everything.”

- TimesLIVE

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