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Quins star Esterhuizen is targeting back-to-back titles even if means another nerve-racking comeback

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We want to win boringly, but it never works…sometimes my heart can’t take it!’: Harlequin’s powerhouse Andre Esterhuizen aims for consecutive Premiership titles – even if that means a different nerve – huge comeback

  • Andre Esterhuizen is just two games away from back-to-back Premiership titles
  • His strength and pace make him one of the most feared players in the league
  • Harlequins will face Saracens in the semi-finals of the Premiership play-offs on Saturday

In his own words, Andre Esterhuizen sometimes questions his existence as a rugby player.

At the start of each week, the aches and pains of the previous weekend’s effort are still there for the giant South African who is now just two games away from consecutive Premiership titles.

Harlequins center Esterhuizen’s strength and pace define him as one of the league’s most feared players. He will be an outspoken man of Saracens in Saturday’s play-off.

Andre Esterhuizen is now just two games away from winning consecutive Premiership titles

Andre Esterhuizen is now just two games away from winning consecutive Premiership titles

‘On a few Mondays after a weekend race I feel like I can’t do this anymore! I think you’ll get over that pretty quickly,” Esterhuizen said sports post

“This is the most I’ve played in one season in a long time. No matter how tough it gets, being a professional rugby player is still one of the best jobs in the world.

“I’d rather have trouble walking on Mondays than sit in an office from 7am to 5am.

“There’s a whole different world out there and I don’t think rugby players always appreciate what we have and how easy it is for us. I promise it’s a lot better than sitting in the office.”

Esterhuizen's strength and pace define him as one of the league's most feared players

Esterhuizen’s strength and pace define him as one of the league’s most feared players

Esterhuizen’s presence brings out the best in Harlequins playmakers Danny Care and Marcus Smith and helped the London club win the title last season.

This year, Tabai Matson’s great entertainers are once again in the final four after another campaign of end-to-end attempts and thrilling comebacks.

“I knew from last year that my move to Quins was the perfect decision, because of course we won the Premiership,” said Esterhuizen, 28.

“If we hadn’t won I might have thought differently, but at the moment everything is going well and I’m playing in a good team with people I care about a lot.

“Some of our games are a bit dramatic. Sometimes my heart just can’t take it!

“We say to each other every weekend, ‘Let’s not make it late again and win from the beginning and get off to a good start’. It never goes like this!

Harlequins are the comeback kings after several dramatic wins over the past two seasons

Harlequins are the comeback kings after several dramatic wins over the past two seasons

“Even if we are 24 points behind, I know we can come back and win every game.”

Esterhuizen has warned that Saracen Harlequins could get even better.

“That’s the best part about it – I think we’re still at 70 percent of our potential,” he said.

“I think we can get a lot better, especially in big games. Let’s hope for a 90 or 100 percent performance. It is of course very difficult to go back.

‘For that you have to evolve and get better. Of course we would very much like that.

“We have a chance and let’s hope we can peak at the right time and do it again.

“I have signed with Harlequins until 2025, so the club has a bright future. I can’t wait for the years to come.’

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