Pollard eyes WC spot

2015-04-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Bulls flyhalf Handrè Pollard says he wants to build on his Super Rugby form and play his way into the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad.

Pollard has been the outstanding South African flyhalf during Super Rugby this season.

He’s the top points scorer in the 2015 tournament, with 120 points via two tries, one drop goal, 10 conversions and 29 penalties. Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie and Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden share second place with 93 points.

Pollard has also been central to the Bulls’ Super Rugby resurgence, helping them to an impressive run of form, which has seen them win six of their last seven games. This after the Bulls started their Super Rugby campaign with back-to-back home defeats against the Stormers and Hurricanes.

The 21-year-old Pollard is delighted with his form, but emphasised the continuous need to improve.

“I’m very happy with the way I’ve started this year,” Pollard told MyPlayers.co.za. “It has definitely gone much better than last year. The experience I picked up during a busy 2014 season has definitely helped me improve as a player on and off the field.

“I want to keep working hard and ensure I become better every week. I’ll be focusing on my weak areas and build on the things I’m doing well.

“I’ll be aiming to play to the best of my ability and hopefully play my way into the Springbok squad ahead of the World Cup. I want to earn my place in the team.”

During Super Rugby Round 9, when the Bulls managed 43-22 victory over the Reds in Pretoria, Pollard was rested according to the agreement with SA Rugby’s management plan ahead of the World Cup.

“Getting rest during a long Super Rugby tournament does wonders on the body and mind,” said Pollard.

“I was allowed to escape and spent some time in Namibia, which allowed me to come back refreshed. I’m sure this management plan will help all the national players heading into the World Cup.”

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