Vodacom Cup Sharks forward of the year, Brynard Stander chats to Union Sports Mag about super powers and bone crunching…
How was the Vodacom Cup for you?
This year was my second year playing Vodacom cup and it seems to be getting tougher and more professional which helps younger players develop and perform better. It also helped a lot having a very knowledgeable and interactive coach to guide me in every aspect.
What are you up to now in your time off?
Mostly resting as I think that was the idea for the time off. But I’m still staying active and just enjoying time off with the people closest to me.
Highlights of the year so far, for you?
Getting an offer from the Sharks to keep me here as one of their loose forwards and receiving Vodacom Cup forward of the year. Also being able to play with a great Sharks team in a franchise friendly against the Lions.
In the Super 15 tournament, who has been your stand out player?
For me this year in the Super 15 I think Cobus Reinach has made an amazing influence in the team. Riaan Viljoen really is showing everyone his talent also Kyle Cooper and Wiehahn Herbst. But if I choose only one, it must be Cobus.
If you could choose a super power, which would you choose?
I think it would be to be able to read peoples minds especially for on the field so I could predict their next steps and moves.
If you were stuck on an island and the only two things were a gym or a bar. Which one would you go to?
Well that’s no trick question the gym of course because if nobody comes to my rescue I’d have to be fit so I could find food, so that my mind could be healthy, to build a raft or swim my way the hell out of there…
Who is your mentor in the Sharks team?
My mentor would have to be Keegan Daniel. I think just by watching his professionalism and character teaches youngsters a lot. Also, a lot of the inspiration as to how I want to play also comes from Willem Alberts for his absolute bone- breaking physicality.