Peter-Stef’s path to great form to continue against the All Blacks



springbuck Wing Pieter-Stef du Toit is looking to end a rough patch of injury and continue to build on the form he showed when he won the 2019 World Cup and was named World Rugby Player of the Year. All black on Saturday.

Du Toit has barely played rugby in the past two years. bizarre leg injury in March 2020 kept him out of rugby until 2021 and then suffered a serious shoulder injury during the British and Irish Lions series that kept him on the touchline until last month.

He finally made his long-awaited comeback in the Second Test against Wales, playing 80 minutes and then having another full game in the decisive Third Test, proving he was back in full form ahead of the Rugby Championship.

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“Unfortunately, injuries are just part of the game and I have been injured a lot in the last two years. But the more you train with the team and the more time you spend on the field, the better you will be,” Du Toit said.

“It has helped me in the past. If you look at 2018 and 2019, I played a lot of rugby and trained a lot, so I think it makes a huge difference to how you play on the pitch. Just mark those minutes and get your game time behind you.

“Playing in Cape Town (third Welsh test) gave me confidence. I got into the game really well and finished well. Of course, fitness can always be better and there is always room for improvement.”

big challenge

As such, Du Toit is looking forward to facing the All Blacks, whom he has not played against since 2019 as he missed both of last year’s games against them in Australia’s Rugby Championship.

“Playing against the All Blacks is always a great opportunity and challenge. It is also a pleasure for us to play with them in Nelspruit (Mbombela),” said Du Toit.

“For us, this is a good opportunity to show the public how we have become better. Everyone is always comparing us to 2019. But time goes by and we have to adapt, so hopefully we have adapted and are playing in the best style for the crowd as well as in a winning style.

“We don’t focus too much on them, we just focus on ourselves. Playing against New Zealand is always a big challenge and they are always ready to play, so we just have to focus on ourselves and play the way we have trained.”