Fresh from a hat trick against the Sunwolves Benedict Chanakira caught up with the Cheetahs player before they jetted off to a tough tour. A section of the fans are divided as to which position the man should play and how effective he can be in a side.
Paul Schoeman known as ‘Tier’ has been in fine form this season and the highlight of his performances was his sides’ narrow loss to the Blue Bulls were he walked away with the man of the match gong. Having beaten 8 defenders this season, averaging 3, 7 metres per carry, 59 tackles and 3 tries. His only flaw will be having an 85, 7% tackle completion having missed 10 tackles so far in the season. Paul Schoeman tells us a bit about him.
BC – Who is Paul Schoeman?
PS – I am a farm boy from the Eastern Cape. I love spending time with friends and family. I enjoy the outdoors and love hunting. I attended Marlow Agricultural High School in Cradock.
BC – You are one of the stand out players for the Cheetahs this season. You grabbed a Man of the Match award in the loss to the Bulls. How has your season been in your eyes?
PS – My season so far has been pretty good. I could say I have found my feet in Super Rugby, so it’s onwards and upwards from here on forward. I am enjoying my time in Bloemfontein and have fitted in well into the rugby setup here.
BC – What have been your goals in the 2016 Super Rugby season?
PS – My overall goal this season is to make the 6 or 8 jersey my own. I would like to start as many Super Rugby games as possible and get as many caps as I can.
BC – Which position do you feel is the one that gets the best out of you? Is it 6, 7 or 8? Why?
PS – Positions 6 and 8 are ideal for me but I prefer playing No 8 as this is the position I have played for most of my rugby career and I am completely comfortable in the position.
BC – You embark on a tough tour today. What are you expecting and targeting. Is it worrying that you have been inconsistent this season?
PS – We are definitely targeting three wins on tour this year. It will be a tough tour. We played a good 80 minutes against the Sunwolves and as a team if we keep ball in hand and maintain possession then we are a dangerous team.
BC – Growing up, who was your rugby idol and do you mould your game around him?
PS – Since playing against David Pocock I have learnt so much. In the match played against him I learnt so much more than just from watching him play over the years. The running lines that Richie McCaw runs are very constructive in the sense that energy is conserved. McCaw had to be one of my favourite rugby players to watch. I like to play my own brand of rugby but watching those two players has helped me to improve my overall game.
BC – Why ‘Tier’? What does it mean?
PS – Tier is my nickname and means tiger in English. Hardly anyone calls me Paul, except when I am at home.
BC – Who has been your toughest opponent in your senior playing career?
PS – I would say that my toughest opponent would be Deon Fourie.
BC – As a player what do you feel are your strengths?
PS – My strengths are that I am good in defence, my tackle rate is high, a strong ball carrier and my work rate are definitely strengths in my game.