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Speedy scrum half Cobus Reinach edges countryman for Premiership Player of the Month

Speedy scrum half Cobus Reinach edges countryman for Premiership Player of the Month
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Faf de Klerk is not the only Springbok scrumhalf impressing in England, as Northampton Saints number nine Cobus Reinach was named the latest Rugby Player of the Month in the Gallagher Premiership.

Reinach was credited with “revitalising” his club after being named Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for December 2018. The South African scrum-half hit world-class form last month scoring two unforgettable tries as the Saints claimed back-to-back victories against Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors.

“He is the ‘in form’ No. 9 in Gallagher Premiership Rugby at the moment and incredibly important to Northampton Saints,” said Ugo Monye, the former Harlequins, England and Lions wing, who has seen Reinach close up in his role with BT Sport.

“He has revitalised them and we know how competitive this league is with everyone being able to beat everyone, but the back-to-back performances against Worcester away and Exeter at home, especially scoring two intercepted tries, were so impressive.

“When you get a result against one of the top two teams, it gives you more than just a win – it gives you confidence that you can go toe-to-toe with the very best.

“If you are able to put on that level of performance, you need your top players and we know how important your No. 9 is to do that. For me the impact that Cobus Reinach is having on the team — considering where Northampton were — has been incredible.”

Everyone remembers Reinach for his spectacular tries in December but Monye appreciates his crucial defensive work too.

Monye added: “It’s not just all about his attacking sense; defensively he is just as good. It wasn’t only the magnitude of the victories Saints secured, but also the key moments Reinach had such as the cover tackle on Bryce Heem against Worcester, which completely changed the energy of that game.”

Reinach was involved in a three-way battle to win the award eventually beating Sale Sharks scrum-half Faf de Klerk and Harlequins blindside Alex Dombrandt to the title.

And for anyone wondering where he gets his trademark pace, look no further than his late father, South African 400m record holder (until 2011) and Springbok winger, Jaco Reinach.

Tragically, Jaco died when Cobus was just six-years-old.

 

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  •  katman
    katman
    5:46 AM 11/01/2019

    That Jaco Reinach try never gets old. You know a wing backs his pace when he has Danie Gerber on his inside with a clear run to the line and he doesn't use him. 

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    •  katman
      katman
      5:49 AM 11/01/2019

      By the way, if you're looking to follow someone on Twitter with proper rugby insights (and a good sense of humour), try the guy who posted the Jaco Reinach try above - Oom Rugby (Uncle Rugby). Well worth it.

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      •  neilsspencegmail-com
        neilsspencegmail-com
        11:14 AM 11/01/2019
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        Thanks for the heads up - to repay the favour, if you havent seen "Real Rugby's"  below youtube channel I also recommend it as he has some great archived footage including Gerber and more recent pplhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf8d5omZFoU

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        •  katman
          katman
          3:02 PM 11/01/2019

          Cheers man. 50 minutes of Danie Gerber - what's not to love about that! Some of his teammates were legends - Naas Botha, Divan Serfontein, Gysie Pienaar (father of Ruan Pienaar). I remember the left wing, Gerrie Germishuys, was in my childhood church. He drove a tiny red Mini, all six foot whatever of him.

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