Jantjies vs Hendricks worried Erasmus

Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies has revealed how his ‘fight’ with Vodacom Bulls wing Cornal Hendricks briefly worried SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

Thousands of Bulls and Lions fans tuned into their teams’ Facebook pages in anticipation for a ‘Fight Night’ between Jantjies and Hendricks on Wednesday night.

However, as it turned out, the two did not actually step into the ring, but rather took each other on in a virtual fight through a UFC video game.

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As Jantjies told the Citizen, though, the marketing stunt even prompted a call from Erasmus.

‘Rassie phoned me earlier this week asking me about this fight I was going to be having with Cornal,’ Janties said. ‘He wanted to know what was happening and was worried I might get injured.

‘It was a bit of fun. But, of course, I’d love to do some proper boxing at some stage; maybe, possibly, once I hang up my rugby boots. Everybody knows I love the sport.

‘I’ve actually only got back into it recently, following the lifting of some of the Covid restrictions. Doing all the boxing drills helps me a lot and it has become a big part of my rugby preparation.

‘It helps me to stay fit, keeps me in good condition and makes me think quicker and better. In boxing you have to be one step ahead of your opponent, so being quick on your feet is important.’


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