Pienaar wants to be No.1 nine
Ruan Pienaar is determined to keep hold of the Springbok number nine jersey for an extended spell of time.
Pienaar has taken his chance well in the green and gold and started the last three games for his country, moving his international caps up to 59.
And the Ulster scrum-half, who is looking very comfortable in the spot, is eager to make the most of his time at the base for South Africa.
"I've competed against some good nines in South Africa in the past and it is great for me to get an opportunity now," said Pienaar..
"I've really enjoyed the three Tests that I started now and hopefully I can continue in that vein and try to play as well as possible and be in contention for that jersey for the next couple of years if possible."
Pienaar took over from Francois Hougaard - who shifted to wing - and the 28-year-old is relishing the responsibilities, not least off the tee.
"I take the responsibility and it is something I enjoy, obviously it didn't go as well as I'd liked to on Saturday," he said.
"But I haven't kicked in that pressure situation since my season ended back at Ulster in the Heineken Cup.
"So I need to get back in again and take the responsibility and hopefully do it well as possible.
"I've had a good season with the boot in the Northern Hemisphere and I'd like to continue in that way but I still need to train hard and tweak a couple of things here and there."
He added: "We need to take our opportunities, it was something we lacked in New Zealand where we created two or three opportunities and didn't finish it.
"In Test match rugby you only get two or three opportunities, especially against the All Blacks, so it is about being accurate, being patient and playing the right area.
"The games on tour, I thought we created a lot of opportunities that could have put us in a winning situation but we made one or two errors and that probably cost us the game."