Lachlan Boshier now knows what Super Rugby is all about.
The Taranaki openside got his first taste of action on Friday night when he came off the bench with 11 minutes to go for the Chiefs in their 24-22 win over the Sharks at Yarrow Stadium.
As far as debuts go, it was damn hard as the Chiefs were put under the pump before they responded to close out the match.
“It felt pretty good, especially to do it on my home pitch,” he said.
Boshier joined the Chiefs fulltime midway through April after their loose forward stocks took a hammering.
Having only played nine first class matches for Taranaki, Boshier’s rise has been somewhat rapid, although he was by no means complaining.
He said he was not expecting the match to end up as close as it did given the Chiefs had a nine-point buffer when the word from the coaches box came through to put his number up on the replacement board.
“It was pretty physical but that’s exactly what I was expecting. It was a step up from ITM Cup, it was pretty quick out there and really physical. It was definitely physical against those big South African boys.”
Boshier admitted to not having too many pre-match nerves as he spent Thursday night going over his “homework” that outlined the Chiefs’ plays.
“I kept going over the moves and making sure I knew where I was supposed to be so I was clear on that. Once I did that I just tried not to think about it [debut] and just tried to switch off.”
Being the specialist back-up to co-captain Sam Cane meant he was never going to see plenty of minutes and in the end he was grateful the coaches backed him to come on near the tail of the match.
As for the strongest memory he would take out of the game, Boshier said it was the fact that he was able to make his debut on Yarrow Stadium.
“I don’t think I could have asked for a better occasion. It was pretty special.”