Matfield set for 125th Super Rugby cap
The two-time World Cup winner recently announced his return to professional rugby.
JOHANNESBURG - Victor Matfield should run out for his 125th Super Rugby cap on Saturday against the Sharks.
The two-time World Cup winner admits he's feeling the nerves.
Matfield, who has come out of retirement this season, is on the bench for the Bulls' opening Super Rugby match of 2014.
The player says nerves aren't always a bad thing.
"You get to a stage in your career where you almost run on experience because you don't get the adrenalin anymore. The adrenalin is definitely back. Last week against the Stormers, I said to Jean [de Villiers] and Schalk [Burger] beforehand that it feels like I'm 20 again. A lot of nerves, but maybe it's a good thing because I can use it to charge me up."
Matfield has played down the hype around the contest between himself and rising star Pieter-Steph Du Toit.
"For now, they must rather worry about Flip [van der Merwe] against him. I think Flip is the current incumbent Springbok number five. Pieter-Steph is his back-up, so they will go at it for the first 50 or 60 minutes. Hopefully, I'll get a little go at the end and we'll see how it goes."
Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has gone with a blend of youth and experience.
Akona Ndungane, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Dean Greyling and Werner Kruger are well balanced out by Jan Serfontein, JJ Engelbrecht, Louis Fouche and Jono Ross.
Spies says they have enough firepower to compete against the best in this campaign.
"I think we have more than enough experience to carry us through this season. Obviously, we lost a lot of experienced players, but we've got a great bunch of younger players coming through."
Saturday's match kicks off at 7:10pm.