Simply outstanding. He slotted in seamlessly after Lukhanyo Am’s injury and was a linchpin in the Boks’ world class defence. He is finally getting the plaudits his game deserves.
Picked as a flanker and emergency hooker for the tournament, the veteran answered the SOS in the front-row more often than he would have expected. He filled the role well and, in the final, had one of his career-best games after replacing Bongi Mbonambi early on. He was superb at the breakdown, made an unbelievable carry that led to Snyman’s try against England, and made a tremendous 20 tackles in the final.