RUGBY

Warrick Gelant is flourishing under coach John Mitchell

The former Eagle has spread his wings since joining the Bulls

22 October 2017 - 00:00 By LIAM DEL CARME

For someone who reluctantly took up the game, Warrick Gelant plays rugby with a remarkable amount of enthusiasm.
"My friends went to play rugby every Wednesday. By the third week I realised I can't be the only guy sitting at the back of the class while my mates play rugby.
"I started playing not because I really wanted to but because I wanted to be with my friends," Gelant explained his life-changing decision as a 10-year old.
Gelant, who played football before yielding to peer pressure, says he gets his biggest kick out of putting a teammate into space.
No wonder the elusive Bulls fullback is flourishing under the John Mitchell revolution at Loftus. As the Currie Cup's top try-scorer after the league stages, Gelant appears to be a fervent disciple of Mitchell's doctrine. He says defenders are there to be manipulated. "I always try to put the next guy in a better position.
"I get the greatest satisfaction knowing I drew a defender and put the next guy in the clear. I always try and devise new ways of doing that."
Mitchell explained Gelant's elusive ways.
"He is a very capable counterattacker and good in phase play. He can turn two on twos to two on ones. He's devastating one on one. He sees beyond the defensive line as well."
Gelant is loath to talk about his test prospects, but Mitchell has no qualms.
"Warrick has all the decision-making and skills sets to play test rugby. He is getting better defensively too. He is intuitive and can break a game. He's a left footer, which helps.

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