Boca coach Jacques Ninaber gave a surprise on Tuesday when he named Hendrix as starting linebacker for the third Test ahead of Faf de Klerk, who will play off the bench.
As such, Hendrix is forced to compete, but admits that coaches’ support is a big motivator that allows him to focus on the game.
“If the coaches support me, then I will come up with a simple plan: do the basics well and just do what the team needs of me to help them win,” Hendrix said.
“This match is like a final for us. If we win the game, we win the series, so there is some nerves, but once I get my first game of the game, the nerves go away and then I can just focus on doing my job.
“Now I will just try to stay consistent and maintain my performances. I just have to be myself and do everything in my power to provide for the team.”
Despite taking De Klerk’s place, Hendrix explained that he received a lot of help from him and Herschel Yantis in preparing him for the Welsh challenge.
“They really helped me see different pictures in different situations and also how to control the game in the background. It was an important lesson for me,” said Hendrix.
“Seeing this at the level of the test match was also extremely important because it is more detailed, which makes it even more difficult to complete this detail.”
Coach Nienabeer noted that the decision to select Hendrix for the third Test was not solely based on his performance in the second Test, and that his form with the Sharks last season played a big role in getting him supported.
“If you look at Jayden’s performances during the season with the Sharks, I think they were good. If you look at the performance analysis we did for him, he was really in shape and there wasn’t much of a gap between what he was producing for them and what we are looking for,” Ninaber explained.
“So it was a consistent performance (throughout the season) and not just what he showed last weekend. He trained well, he was with us from the beginning of our training and he has been solid ever since.”