Springbok and Bulls centre Jan Serfontein’s impressive form saw him voted as the MyPlayers Player of the Month for June, presented by The Safari Guys.
Jan Serfontein has been one of the top performers in recent weeks, which saw him excel in the Springbok midfield during the 3-0 Test series win over France. He also played a commanding role during the Bulls’ 30-17 win over the Sharks in Durban on 30 June.
This saw him nominated as MyPlayers Player of the Month among the likes of Springbok and Lions hooker Malcolm Marx, Lions and SA ‘A’ centre Harold Vorster, Bulls wing Duncan Matthews, Junior Springbok and Stormers loose forward Juarno Augustus (who was also named World Rugby U20 Player of the Tournament), Springbok and Lions scrumhalf Ross Cronjé, Junior Springbok and Bulls scrumhalf Embrose Papier and Springbok and Stormers flank Siya Kolisi.
Serfontein received the most votes from all professional rugby players in South Africa. The 24-year-old was delighted with his award.
“To be voted by your rugby peers is a huge honour. I really appreciate the award,” Serfontein told MyPlayers. “The MyPlayers Player of the Month is a great initiative as it creates a common ground between all players, bringing us closer as professionals. We might be opponents on the field at times, but it’s great that more guys are building friendships off it too.”
Serfontein said he’s been working hard to return to good form after a bad run with injuries in recent seasons.
“It’s been a frustrating period for me over the past few years. Picking up injuries caused plenty of disruptions in my game, but as a young player, you learn from these difficult times,” said Serfontein. “The time spent in the Springbok training camps really inspired me to lift my game and put in more hard work.
“The coaches created an amazing environment for us to come together as a team and to believe and support one another. That camaraderie really motivated the players as we played for one another on the field. That made a positive impact on my game.
“We were happy with the results and our performances against France, but as a group, we will need to refocus after Super Rugby as we plan to build on this momentum during this year’s Rugby Championship.”
As June’s MyPlayers Player of the Month, Serfontein wins a five-night stay for eight people at Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve in Mpumalanga. The prize was sponsored by The Safari Guys.
“The prize sounds very amazing. My family and friends enjoy the outdoors, so it will be great to get away and relax for a few days when the time allows,” said Serfontein.
Looking ahead, Serfontein is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career as he’s set for a move to Europe. He’s been linked to clubs in France and England. The centre also hopes to play many more Tests for the Springboks.
“I play my last game for the Bulls this weekend, which will be a sentimental one. It’s my 60th match, so I’m hoping we can cap off my time in Pretoria with a good performance,” said Serfontein. “I’m looking forward to a new start in Europe. I always give my all for the team I play for, so I’m hoping to make a valuable contribution ahead of the new European season.
“Otherwise, I hope to continue playing a role for the Springboks. It’s a huge honour for me to represent my country at the highest levels. I’m hoping I can do enough to earn my opportunity in the team as I want to do well for South Africa.”
By Gareth Duncan