In an interview with Jóhann Thormählen of Volksblad, Coenie spoke about his desire to be more than just a prop. He wants to add value to the team in many aspects. He goes on to say how him, and team mates WP Nel, and Adriaan Strauss encourage each other. If WP Nel scores a try, then Coenie wants to match that feat. Likewise, if Strauss carries the ball 20 meters, then Coenie wants to emulate that feat.
In particular, the 23 year old prop, affectionately known as Shrek, has a friendly competition with Heins (Heinrich Brüssow) to see who, can pilfer the most balls. This young man was earmarked as a great Bok prop in the making, by none other than the legendary Os du Randt. He has been selected for the Boks, but injuries have prevented him from starting. Surely a test start cannot be far!