EXCLUSIVE: ‘We might wish to win boring but it surely by no means works out… generally my coronary heart cannot take it!’: Harlequins powerhouse Andre Esterhuizen is focusing on back-to-back Premiership titles – even when it means one other nerve-racking comeback
- Andre Esterhuizen is simply two video games away from back-to-back Premiership titles
- His energy and tempo mark him out as one of many league’s most feared gamers
- Harlequins face Saracens within the Premiership play-off semi-final on Saturday
By his personal admission, Andre Esterhuizen generally questions his existence as a rugby participant.
Initially of every week the pains of the earlier weekend’s exertion are nonetheless there for the enormous South African who’s now simply two video games away from back-to-back Premiership titles.
Harlequins centre Esterhuizen’s energy and tempo mark him out as one of many league’s most feared gamers. He shall be a marked man by Saracens in Saturday’s play-off.
Andre Esterhuizen is now simply two video games away from profitable back-to-back Premiership titles
‘On just a few Mondays after a weekend sport I really feel like I am unable to do that anymore! I reckon you recover from that fairly shortly,’ Esterhuizen advised Sportsmail.
‘That is probably the most I’ve performed in a single season in fairly some time. It does not matter how powerful it will get as a result of being an expert rugby participant continues to be among the finest jobs on this planet.
‘I might fairly battle to stroll on a Monday than sit in an workplace from seven within the morning until 5.
‘There’s a complete completely different world on the market and I do not assume rugby gamers all the time respect what we have got and the way straightforward it’s for us. I promise you it is so much higher than sitting in an workplace.’
Esterhuizen’s energy and tempo mark him out as one of many league’s most feared gamers
Esterhuizen’s presence brings out the most effective in Harlequins playmakers Danny Care and Marcus Smith and helped the London membership win final season’s title.
This 12 months Tabai Matson’s nice entertainers are as soon as once more within the final 4 after one other marketing campaign blended with end-to-end tries and thrilling comebacks.
‘I knew from final 12 months my transfer to Quins was the proper resolution as a result of clearly we gained the Premiership,’ Esterhuizen, 28, stated.
‘Had we not gained it I might need thought completely different, however for the time being the whole lot goes nicely and I am enjoying in staff with folks I care so much about.
‘A few of our video games are a bit dramatic. Typically my coronary heart cannot really take it!
‘We are saying to one another each weekend, “Let’s not make it a late one once more and let’s win it from the start and have begin”. It by no means occurs like that!
Harlequins are the comeback kings after a number of dramatic wins prior to now two seasons
‘Even when we’re down 24 factors I do know we are able to come again and win any sport.’
Esterhuizen has warned Saracens Harlequins can get even higher.
‘That is the most effective a part of it – I feel we’re nonetheless at 70 per cent of our potential,’ he stated.
‘I feel we are able to get so much higher – particularly in huge video games. Let’s hope to get a 90 or 100 per cent efficiency. It is clearly very powerful to go back-to-back.
‘To do this it’s a must to evolve and get higher. Clearly we might love that to occur.
‘We’re in with a shot and let’s hope we are able to peak on the proper time and do it once more.
‘I’ve signed with Harlequins till 2025 so the membership has a really brilliant future. I am unable to look ahead to the following few years.’