White: Arendse is a counter-attacking force

Vodacom Bulls coach Jake White believes exposing Kurt-Lee Arendse to game time at fullback could help put him in a ‘good position to play for the Springboks some day’, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Arendse has been one of the bright lights throughout the domestic season, making a seamless transition to fifteens along with several other sevens stars who have impressively transitioned to the longer form of the game.

The 24-year-old has showcased his blitz pace and attacking strengths on the wing for the Bulls, but White has opted to shift him to the No 15 jersey in an experimental positional switch for this Saturday’s clash against the Cheetahs.

As White mentioned during a virtual press conference on Thursday, he sees long-term value in test out some new-look combinations, while he believes Arendse’s ability to kick off both feet will be an added bonus to giving him a run at fullback.

‘He’s still relatively new to the group, but he’s growing every day,’ White commented. ‘He’s talking a bit more, he’s more confident. It’s an exciting time.

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White added that Arendse certainly possessed all the attributes to make a sense of playing on both the wing and at fullback.
‘I’d like to see what Kurt-Lee does when he’s afforded a bit more space. He kicks with both feet and I’d like to see how he adapts.
‘A sevens player like him have incredible skills and work ethic. It goes for all of them. Kurt-Lee is unbelievable in open space, has unbelievable feet. His kicking ability is a bonus also because it’s not like he’ll be cornered and only be able to kick off one foot.’

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