Handre Pollard has opened up on his harm struggles since lifting the World Cup and admits that he’s loving his time on the sphere for the primary time in “a really very long time”.
Pollard has been an enormous hit in England since recovering from his most up-to-date knee harm, guiding Leicester Tigers’ Premiership playoff problem.
The Springbok flyhalf not too long ago scored 19 factors, together with a sensational solo attempt, to assist Leicester seize a 46-24 victory over Bristol Bears at Welford Street. This got here shortly after he scored 21 factors in a win over Bathtub initially of March.
Since serving to the Springboks elevate the Webb Ellis Cup, Pollard has endured a troublesome time with accidents, struggling for normal sport time at Montpellier earlier than making the change to the Tigers.
“I’m getting there,” Pollard instructed the Leicester Tigers web site. “It has been a tricky 4 years, very stop-start with accidents and France and every thing.
“However it simply feels good to play constantly once more, get the rhythm and to play at this place, with this staff.
“I’m having fun with it a lot. I haven’t loved enjoying rugby like this in a really very long time, it’s actually enjoyable. So, yeah, getting there however nonetheless stuff to work on for me.”
Leicester interim coach Richard Wigglesworth sang Pollard’s praises within the wake of his facet’s most up-to-date win.
“He’s every thing you’ll anticipate from a world-class flyhalf. He has obtained an depth to him that when he speaks, you pay attention.
“He was actually good (in opposition to Bristol), he has been good for weeks. It’s not nearly what he does on a Saturday, it’s about what he does within the week,” Wigglesworth continued.
“Senior gamers are actually driving the surroundings in the mean time, they’re grabbing maintain of it and that makes the weeks go easily as they’re extra aggressive.
“The entire squad is driving what we’re doing and he personified that in the present day. I believed he was actually good.
“Elements of that efficiency had been superb, particularly within the second half. We had been barely off in a couple of areas, however the boys tightened them up and we discovered a bonus with all their accidents and introduced it residence.”
Pollard’s subsequent project can be to information Leicester by means of to the subsequent spherical of Champions Cup playoffs after they host Edinburgh within the final 16 on Friday evening.
What a person efficiency from this man 🙌
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